[Skimmertalk] Self-spotting by your own skimmer

Pete Smith N4ZR n4zr at contesting.com
Sun Dec 7 07:23:40 EST 2014

Hi Jeff.  Actually, it was intended to forestall people raising the 
self-spotting issuewhen they saw spots of K8ND *by* K8ND, regardless of 
whether the charge had any merit.  The issue of false spots (on the RBN 
anyway) caused by images was addressed in the Aggregator by a "Bad Calls 
List>"  That was necessary to deal with things like RK3LR and LW3LPL, as 
well as all the other mangling caused by overload.

73, Pete N4ZR
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On 12/6/2014 8:47 PM, Jeff Maass K8ND wrote:
> I can't say for certain, but I'd bet that the design of the CW Skimmer
> Server software to not spot the same callsign as is assigned as the
> "Operator" of the Skimmer Server was inspired by the desire to reduce false
> spots of the images  caused by overload, and not in any way to address any
> tortured definition of "self-spotting". I believe that this is included in
> Skimmer Server, but not in CQ Skimmer: our four on-site (non-public) PJ2T CW
> Skimmers were spewing PJ2T callsigns into our bandmap, as many as 8 at a
> time on 160-meters. We tracked this to issues with an active antenna
> splitter not handling the high RF environment cleanly.

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