I'm wrestling with the following RadioSport topic and its impact on my low-power, low-profile contest operation.
By now, everyone knows about CW Skimmer and the possibility, that this software tool may reshape RadioSport into the mid-21st Century. The necessity to develop one's CW operating skill maybe augmented by VE3NEA's innovation but will CW Skimmer dominant?
I do not see myself using this tool until the time is right just like the use of packet spotting. Click and operate is not my style. I prefer spinning the dial, using propagation charts, listening, and changing bands accordingly. This is my time to learn the art of RadioSport. My goal is competency before moving toward technological augmentation.
However CW Skimmer changes the game and fairness across the board is important to me. I wager that our contest sponsors are investigating the impact of this tool and will adopt the necessary rules keeping the playing field fair.
I do see the benefit of CW Skimmer as augmenting my station especially in the area of Single-Operator 2 Radio operation as noted by Scott, W4PA in his article Am I Convinced? SO3R? SO4R?.
But, for the time being, I'm working hard on developing my RadioSport competency and learning both the art and science of RadioSport as well. After all, I'm having fun spinning the dial, following my propagation charts, listening, and changing bands.
There's something about tradition first then getting technologically hip. Right now, I'm paying my dues.