[CQ-Contest] Skimmer spots

Pete Smith N4ZR n4zr at contesting.com
Sun Feb 5 05:01:25 PST 2012

Tom, both VE7CC clusters and ARClusterV6 (such as K1TTT.NET) have a 
user-controlled filter for turning Skimmer spots off at will.  Us RBN 
types do not approve of any cluster operators mixing Skimmer spots into 
their output without such a filter.  If you'll tell me which node you 
are seeing this on, I will contact the operator.

Another approach is to run a filter on the node you're connected to.  On 
ARCluster V6, I run one that passes only Skimmer spots from my immediate 
geographic area, and also requires that a spot be validated by at least 
3 Skimmers worldwide (as a means of reducing busted spots).  That 
reduces the number of spots beautifully and ensures I will be able to 
hear most of the spots that do get through.  It routinely enables me to 
pounce on a new station on the band before he finishes his first or 
second CQ.

73, Pete N4ZR
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On 2/4/2012 10:07 PM, Tom W8JI wrote:
> Help!!!
> Is there any way to stop the stream of spots from skimmers? They just ruin
> watching the packet cluster for DX! All I see is a constat steady stream of
> spots from every skimmer in the world!
> Did something change here, or did the cluster system change?
> 73 Tom
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