CW Skimmer in 2016 ARRL International CW Contest

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Video shows 1 CW Skimmer in Action with Flex6700 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKM0AxQnqVk

Decode's over a 1000 CW signals within a few seconds all at same time with FlexRadio Server HF 6700 Transceiver during a 2016 CW Contest. 

73 Mike

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I used it during sweepstakes yesterday. Worked pretty well. I feed skimmer and the telnet cluster into an aggregator and feed all of that into N1MM+.
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Clay N9IO

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Ria,

With the help of W9IE I had the radio feeding the band map from Skimmer as well with N1MM.  Please would like info on how to feed both simultaneously.

My last few section mults for the sweep came from the radio in the mult sec box lit up red stating it found a sec I needed.  Way too cool!!!   WoW!

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I use WinTelnetX by K1TTT. 

Here is an article on how to use it:

http://gofrc.org/RBN/WinTelnetX_Configuration_and_Use_Instructions.pdf

For contesting I configure skimmers for my two panadapters and set them up in WinTelnetX. I also have two cluster sources, VE7CC and K3WW. You could also use RBN but I prefer local sources rather than remote. Then you set up an "RXtel" port and then point N1MM+ telnet to that. It works pretty well. 

Make sure you save your settings in a .ini file. 

- Ria
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Clay N9IO

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Thank you so very much.

Unfortunately I have to fall back on those who actually know what they are doing in the network world.

I will put this info to good use.

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CW use to be a mode that was copied in your head and when you transmitted, you used a key, paddle etc.   Now computers decode and send CW.  Why not just use RTTY, PSK or a digital mode?  I've noticed readers even being used in strait key events.  I wonder what percentage of folks on the CW portion of the bands actually even know how to copy CW any more.  I think its rather sad.  Its an era that is quickly disappearing.....
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I use it only as a Spotter and not in Major CW Contests and it's my RBN
"Reverse Beacon Network" Receiver

What great is that I can use it on 6 meters while on HF Bands to Spot a 6 Meter CW Beacon to check a Band opening !

In terms of Contesting - I agree with Ria - It just a DX Spotter for me and when I am in 
CW Contests I do it the old fashion way with my Brain 


It's interesting Technology and do not think Real CW Contester's use it in actual 
competitions - It would be like taking a F-22 Fighter jet to a dog fight with WW1
bi-planes !! Hi Hi !

73 Mike
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My Flex6700 and CW Skimmer is like an F-22 Fighter Jet !
Hi ! Hi !
73 Mike
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If you have to rely on a computer CW decoder you cannot maintain rate in a contest. That's just fact. Nobody competitive uses a CW decoder as their sole means of decoding CW. Top contesters use their brain. However I have CWGet going in the background as my "stenographer" so I can easily recall stuff that I missed so I don't ask for repeats. It comes in handy if for example I get distracted.
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Ria, I enjoy your common sense point of view and sharing suggestions from experience. I am 66 and retired this year. I have returned to the hobby and slowly getting acclimated. Been off the air for 35 years. Originally liscensed at 14. I am a new flexer with a 1500 and a 6300. I will try some of the apps mentioned on this string. Any advice, as I like CW.
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Thanks Robert. I try to help where I can. :)
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Pray tell...

Where did the "I/Q Recorder" software come from?
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Ria - N2RJ, Elmer

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It's in Skimmer. View -> Recorder
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Thanks - guess I gotta RTFM !