[Skimmertalk] Monitoring Band Openings

Pete Smith n4zr at contesting.com
Tue Jul 15 04:03:47 EDT 2008

One of the neat things about CW Skimmer, in my opinion, is the smart way it 
monitors any given band.  Since it is only spending 5-10 microseconds on 
any one data stream, the amount of time it takes to identify most of the 
callsigns on a band is directly related to how busy the band is and how 
often the stations identify, on average.  On a band that is just opening, 
I'd expect Skimmer to post its first spot within a few seconds of its 
hearing the first CQ.

PY1NB and I have done some rough analysis comparing packet spots to Skimmer 
spots, using the spot flow from http://dxwatch.com and 
http://skimmer.dxwatch.com, Felipe's two websites.  As you might expect, 
there is a big advantage to Skimmer, both in terms of how many stations are 
spotted and when - Skimmer almost always gets to them first

73, Pete N4ZR

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