Looks like K1N is QRV

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6700, SSDR, SDR-Bridge and CW Skimmer -- great tools for the big pileups..  

The pileups are huge.......not listed as active on the web page yet (as of 2354 UTC) but good OP and coming from the right direction so hoping for the best. 



Regards, Al / NN4ZZ  
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As one might imagine, I've spent a fair amount of time trying to noddle why I was having such bad luck contacting them on the other bands. Certainly the tower/antenna situation is sub-optimal but didn't seem to affect contacting them on a band the antenna isn't even tuned for. So is it bad DX'er skills, maybe but I didn't have a problem between May and Dec. Is it the operators themselves, maybe but perhaps, statistically less likely. I came across this, http://www.indexa.org/dxpeditioningbasicspileupmanagement.html, which was referenced in http://www.on4ww.be/tips.html,  The first link is the relevant one in this case as it talks about what DXPeditioner behavior can actually solicit jammers and 'cops'. I've worked a lot of pile ups since being laid off last March and I've never experienced a more chaotic food fight. Specifically mentioned was a DXPeditioner saying 'up 5 to 15' yet staying on the same frequency, which seems to have been a major factor in several people working them. I did (and have tried what Stu suggested and, yes, in a well behaved pile-up it would seem likely everyone would call then standby such that a waterfall would show exactly what station was worked. It seemed to me over the last couple of days, maybe 1/2 of the callers actually go qrx after a call, the others just keep calling regardless, perhaps trying to 'tailgate'.
I am not actually convinced it was lack of skill or bad luck, just the absence of good luck. I think they are doing some things wrong that are actually called out in pileupmanagement. Yes, I understand that is a bold stmt for someone who's only pileup management experience was guest operator at W1AW for about an hour.

I couldn't get CW Skimmer working with the 6500. I'll investigate a little more before searching for it here. I am sure someone has walked through setting it up.
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Hi Walt,
I've got a document with setup and troubleshooting information for CW Skimmer and SDR bridge.  It's posted elsewhere (not in the community) but can send you a copy if you would like.  

Regards, Al / NN4ZZ  
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Hi AL,
Send me a copy too, if you please.  I'm having a few small snags that I want to iron out.
Thanks,
Ken - NM9P
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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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I got the document from Al and it was a great help to setup CWSkimmer and get a few bands with K1N.

Thanks Al.
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Hi Al, me too please.

VY73
Thomas
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Hi Tom,
Just sent a copy of the latest version to your QRZ email address. 

Regards, Al / NN4ZZ  
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