[Skimmertalk] FW: SSB + Skimmer idea
Pete Smith N4ZR
n4zr at contesting.com
Mon Dec 8 08:01:50 EST 2014
Bob, I think the answer to "how hard would it be" is "very hard." Try
googling speech recognition and DARPA. Opinions vary somewhat, but DARPA
is throwing a good deal of money in 2014 at a problem very like ours
73, Pete N4ZR
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On 12/7/2014 10:00 PM, Bob Wilson, N6TV wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 1:57 PM, David Robbins <k1ttt at arrl.net> wrote:
>> What needs to be modified would be logging software to enable additional
>> radio station identification.
> Well, modifying the logging software will be much easier than getting
> thousands of contesters to upgrade and use it, especially when you think
> about all the different voice keyer hardware people are using (not just PC
> sound cards).
>> The idea is to identify stations by transmitting CW ID at high rate of
>> (at maximum speed that skimmers can accept), at intervals that would be
>> determined by the operator's behaviour (CQing vs. searching).
>> CW ID should not be set to tax outside ops' hearing and would be for
>> skimmers only (although I would not exclude humans entirely).
> In theory this could work. In practice, probably not. It requires too
> much change before it becomes useful, not to mention the inevitable
> complaints about all those extra high speed CW "bleeps" at the end of every
> CQ message, even if auto-notch can filter it out.
> Consider instead that voice recognition software is now commonplace, for
> example, hands free voice dialing in cars ("Call office"), Dragon
> NaturallySpeaking for PCs, Google Voice automated transcription of
> voicemail to text, automated customer services telephone systems that
> prompt "What is your account number?", etc.
> How hard can it be to teach a voice recognition program to recognize
> commonly used radio phonetics and numbers: Alpha, Bravo, Radio, Zanzibar,
> etc.? Sooner than you might expect, we will have RTTY and voice skimmers
> that work almost as well as CW Skimmer, with no need for thousands of
> contesters to change hardware or software to take advantage of it.
> Bob, N6TV
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