[Skimmertalk] FW: SSB + Skimmer idea

Rob Van Geen rvangeen at gmail.com
Mon Dec 8 17:03:28 EST 2014

Callsigns are already being decoded by a worldwide network of human
skimmers. Just have the logging programs simply send the callsign and
frequency (of S&P QSOs) to the aggregator.

On Sun, Dec 7, 2014 at 5:00 PM, Bob Wilson, N6TV <n6tv at arrl.net> 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
> > speed
> > (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.
> 73,
> Bob, N6TV
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