[CQ-Contest] inhale, spots, skimmer, etc: WHAT'S THE POINT?

Zack Widup w9sz.zack at gmail.com
Thu Oct 27 06:59:15 PDT 2011

What about Morse code decoders or readers? I myself have no use for
them (I can still copy about 55 wpm and my experiences with EME, etc.
make me pretty good at pulling signals out of the noise) but I know
there are contesters who do. Do those place someone into an "assisted"

73, Zack W9SZ

On 10/27/11, Bob Naumann <W5OV at w5ov.com> wrote:
> As I have proposed before:
> Single Operator (that is, one who is operating Without Assistance) must
> *alone* perform both of the following activities:
> #1 - locate (tune in) each signal AND
> #2 - identify each callsign that will be entered into his log.
> Both #1 and #2 requirements must be met in order to be considered single op.
> The operator must #1 locate or tune in each signal (or set his radio to a
> specific frequency by turning a dial, or initiate frequency selection by
> computer control or whatever) AND
> #2, he must identify (or copy) the callsign of that station he located by
> himself.
> Devices that automatically do either or both of these two functions, like
> skimmer, would not be part of what a single op can use
> - as it (skimmer), rather than the operator, would be locating and
> identifying the callsigns that would end up in the log.

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