1461Re: [dxatlas] My eham review - Skimmer was a game changer for me
- Jul 16, 2009Maybe I didnt quite get it, but are you decoding it visually on the
software's horizontal waterfall?
Felipe - PY1NB
> For years I tried off and on to relearn the code but I never kept up
> with it. Spent most of my time In the past few years on PSK and most
> recently on JT64A.
> Earlier this year I decided to give Skimmer a try with my Flex-5000A.
> Because soundcard modes integrate so well (no interface is needed) with
> my rig I found that I was getting 75-95% good copy with CW. Using the
> waterfall in Skimmer and the panadapter in my 5000A are killer apps.
> Also, my rig has a built in CW program that lets you set up
> preprogrammed memory keys and also lets you type via the PC keyboard.
> Making radio VISUAL changes everything. And it was not long before I was
> spending 100% of my time on CW.
> I was amazed how well it would copy even with fairly weak signals. If
> the copy was well below 75% I could usually figure out what the other
> guy was sending anyway. Once the trial period expired I bought a license
> for it because I could not do without it.
> The fastest copy I have seen it decode was around 40+ WPM, not that I
> see much on the bands faster than that.
> Skimmer is used by me in contests but I only use it to increase my DXCC,
> VUCC and WAS count. BTW I never submit any scores because it is against
> the rules and I am mainly a DX'er anyway.
> Lately I have been doing a lot of CW on 6M as there has been a lot of
> eskip. It is fascinating to see how quickly signals will appear and just
> as quickly fade. And I can see 12khz all at once so lots of times I get
> to make the contact before most others would even tune across the DX.
> Now I know a lot of CW purists would like to yell at me for using
> Skimmer, saying it is somehow "cheating". Is it cheating if you copy CW
> by ear and use a word processing program to transcribe the copy? How
> about using an iambic keyer or a dedicated CW keyboard? If my radio only
> uses transistors is that cheating. After all real radios glow in the
> dark don't they? Does that mean I need to get a spark transmitter instead?
> Skimmer is just a tool that makes my hobby easier. Just like how my
> Flex-5000A is easier to use than Drake twins.
> I admire those who can TX 50 wpm per minute with a straight key and copy
> everything in their head. However, I am not one of those people. On the
> other hand I am now actually spending a lot more time on the radio since
> I discovered Skimmer. I find operating CW with it is more interesting
> than PSK.
Felipe Ceglia - PY1NB
PR1T team member /// Rio DX Group member /// Araucaria DX Group member
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