Re: [dxatlas] Open up CW Skimmer for more than 3kHz.... Selectable VFOs too.
- At 05:33 PM 2/19/2008, Bruce Tanner wrote:
>QST: Members may be interested that I have found "CW Skimmer" to beI believe this is generally true - so long as you start the logging program
>compatible with "Ham Radio Deluxe". HRD is a very nice, free, program
>with which you can control most recent vintage rigs with CIV capability.
>When configured for your transceiver you can load it first and then load
>"CW Skimmer" on top of it. It appears (at least with my Icom rigs) that
>HRD retains control of the rig operation while CW Skimmer will work as
>normal except for the frequency readout and control within Skimmer which
>would be the built in Omni-Rig functions.
first, CW Skimmer gracefully cedes control of the radio to it. There may
be some logging programs out there that also use the Omni-Rig control
engine, in which case I think they should be able to "co-control", but
perhaps Alex can elaborate on that.
73, Pete N4ZR
- I am aware of that.... generally speaking OmniRig style applications
will still load after another program has loaded and using the desired
COM port. OmniRig apps simply fault out on the com port but everything
else works. Unfortunately this is NOT what I was looking for. I need
OmniRig control of the VFOs to make the most use of CW Skimmer's
ability to read a wide bandwidth of signals and QUICKLY get me to the
one I want. The requirement for switching VFOs is for the benefit of
anyone with dual receivers.
--- In email@example.com, Bruce Tanner <bet110@...> wrote:
> QST: Members may be interested that I have found "CW Skimmer" to be
> compatible with "Ham Radio Deluxe". HRD is a very nice, free, program
> with which you can control most recent vintage rigs with CIV
> When configured for you transceiver you can load it first and then load
> "CW Skimmer" on top of it. It appears (at least with my Icom rigs) that
> HRD retains control of the rig operation while CW Skimmer will work as
> normal except for the frequency readout and control within Skimmer
> would be the built in Omni-Rig functions.
> One benefit is that you can control all of your rig functions with HRD
> while having the benefit of CW Skimmer decoding the CW text. I have
> found that you can switch between VFO's A and B as well as fine tune
> receiver with HRD to place the desired signal within the CW Skimmer's
> Audio Pass Band for perfect copy as long as the signal strength is
> sufficient. It works very nicely and you do not miss the Frequency
> readout and control on Skimmer since you have a very nice read out on
> HRD for that function as well as controls such as audio and RF
> IF bandwidth etc. I have used this combo with both the IC-706 Mk II G
> and the IC-756 Pro II with fine results.
> Hope this might be helpful to some on the reflector.
> Bruce, K2BET
> HRD download is available here: <http://hrd.ham-radio.ch/>
> > <http://www.eset.com>
Just checking in on this subject.
As mentioned earlier would truly appreciate being able to open up the
minimum bandwidth for a standard receiver to at least 8 kHz to match
the available bandwidth of the Orion, Orion II, Jupiter, and Pegasus
transceivers. I don't wish to modify my Orion to tap off the IF at
this time. I know we have had this discussion. As a member of the NCCC
(Northern California Contest Club) I know the added value CW Skimmer
has with an SDR attached to it (We had a really great testimonial to
its success for spotting the entire CW band at last night's NCCC
monthly meeting).. however for now my interest is primarily working DX
and Skimmer at 3 kHz wide has been a great assistant when working a DX
station running split... to be able to open it up 3 kHz to 8 kHz would
be a great advantage to us DXers running Ten-Tec equipment. The
selectable VFOs option makes Skimmer easier to use too (although I did
modify my OmniPage Orion script, but many aren't willing to attempt that).
CW Skimmer... a truly innovative product getting better with each new