1462Re: [dxatlas] My eham review - Skimmer was a game changer for me
- Jul 17, 2009What I mean is since I can see 12khz of spectrum that lets me see a lot of weak CW signals that I can jump on and make contact with.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Felipe Ceglia - PY1NB <felipeceglia2@...> wrote:
> Maybe I didnt quite get it, but are you decoding it visually on the
> software's horizontal waterfall?
> Felipe - PY1NB
> Zack wrote:
> > 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.
> > 73
> > Zack
> > N8FNR
> Felipe Ceglia - PY1NB
> PR1T team member /// Rio DX Group member /// Araucaria DX Group member
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