CW Skimmer Wins Dayton Hamvention Pileup Contest

The Kansas City DX Club Pileup Contest is an annual bragging rights event for the serious CW operator in ham radio. This year’s contest offered up a bit of a different competitor — CW Skimmer, that often maligned software program that attempts to copy Morse code using digital dits and dahs wrapped in binary computer code. Since Morse code and computer code are both binary in nature, you’d think our computer binary friends would get along well. And they did.

The big 2009 winner of the Kansas City DX Club was Skimmer, with 61 accurate calls counted in the pileup contest, besting the number one human form of VE3DZ with 51 accurate calls.

Skimmer is still controversial in contesting circles. But a tool like that in a DX pileup is a cool thing to have. Even in contests.

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Dayton Antenna and Contest Forum Presentations On-line

Just announced on one of the reflectors I subscribe to, the Dayton Antenna and Contest Forums are now on-line.

Antenna Forum

The Dayton Antenna Forum has three presentations. The first is Real World Antenna Patterns vs. Theoretical Computer Antenna Plots by Mike Wetzel, W9RE, and Tom Chance, K9XV.

The second is A New Approach for Measuring Complex Antenna Currents in a Vertical Array by Greg Ordy, W8WWV (love THAT call…).

And the third is Multi-element Lowband Vertical Arrays – Approaches for Small Lots by Ted Rappaport, N9NB, and Ray Sokola, K9RS.

Nice to see those Midwestern calls!

Contest Forum

The contest forum offers six presentations.

The first is, of course, the 2008 Dayton Contest Forum Introduction by Doug Grant, K1DG.

The second is Passing the NCJ Torch by Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LZ, and Alan Dewey, K0AD. (Doing nice job as well).

The third is When Giants Walked the Bands – The Early Days of Multi-Multi by Doug Zwiebel, KR2Q.

The fourth is SDR and Contesting – The Future is Now by Pete Smith, N4ZR.

The fifth is Beamforming on 160 Meters by Victor Kean, K1LT.

Finally, Contesting with 28 Miles of Feedline by my former neighbor John Battin, K9DX

Thanks to KKN.net for hosting these presentations. All of the links are PDF files.

Scot, K9JY

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Dayton — Time to Move the Hamvention?

CIMG3608In case you have missed it, Steve, K9ZW, has a great post that suggests Dayton’s days are numbered for hosting the Hamvention. Not the club, but the city.

He presents it well and there is a very good comment thread after the article about the decision to stay or leave. Check out the article — and the comments — in Dayton Hamvention 2008 Follow-Up Report No. 21 — Dayton the Unwashed.

Then contribute your opinion on what you think a Hamvention should all be about and if Dayton (the city) is the right place for it.

Scot, K9JY

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More Videos from Dayton Hamvention 2008

There are more videos up from the Dayton Hamvention 2008. Here’s the latest  batch.

Gotta love the Three Ham-igos from Gary, KI4LA:


K9IED — Bob Heil, by Gary Johnston, KI4LA. Bob talks about his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


Assistant General Chairman Michael Kalter, W8CI, by Gary, KI4LA:


K1MMH, ARRL Chief Development Officer, by Gary, KI4LA:


Yamini, VU2YAM, at the Dayton Hamvention 2008, by Gary, KI4LA:


Russ, WB4PGT, in a spacesuit at the Hamvention 2008, by Gary, KI4LA:


Chip, K7JA, of Jay Leno text versus CW fame, by Gary, KI4LA:


K4BRI on QRP Operating by Gary, KI4LA:


DARA President Jim Simpson, WB8QZZ, on Hamvention 2008 by Gary, KI4LA:


Gordon West, WB6NOA, interview by Gary, KI4LA:


Gould Smith, WA4SXM, AMSAT Director Field Operations at Hamvention 2008 by Gary, KI4LA:


Gary, KI4LA — you rock!

Scot, K9JY

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Hamvention 2008 — Photos

Without being there, photos help create the feeling of being at the Hamvention. Here’s a roundup of photos that have been published out on the various photo sites about Hamvention 2008.

KE9V puts out some 76 photos, both inside and outside of Hara Arena. Too bad about the lack of sleep — from work!

Twenty more pics from nebulagirl. Here’s the photo stream on Flickr.

Some great pics from half framed idiot (I love the names!). Including one of the Enigma code machine.

KxsEnterprises puts up 64 photos.

Mattleah has a photo set of 41 photos.

Haideki Saito has two sets: one of 41 photos and the other 117 photos.

Thanks for sharing these photos for the ham community.

Scot, K9JY

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Dayton Hamvention 2008 Videos

Here is the lineup from Dayton of all the videos I could find posted. Enjoy!

Brief interviews with the folks at Icom about what’s new:


View of the Hara center arena at Hamvention 2008:


TenTec at the Dayton 2008 Hamvention with Scott Robbins, W4PA:


Yaesu VX-8 at Dayton Hamvention:


The unstoppable  Bob Heil in action with yet another new microphone:


Joel Harrison, W5ZN, ARRL President, reveals the new 5th pillar of ARRL’s mission:


Best crank up tower idea — use a cordless drill!


Robots at the Hamvention


Hat tip to Katie, W1KRB, who did many of these videos.

Are there others?

Scot, K9JY

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Dayton Radar is finally clear

Looks like the last of the rain finally went away. Radar at 18:55 UTC:


My onsite buddy, Eric, K9GY, reports good weather, but still windy. One of the flea market vendors reported selling $1,200 of stuff on Thursday — before the hamfest opened.

Scot, K9JY

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First Dayton Video — W1KRB

First of many Dayton video’s to come. This one from W1KRB. This is a quick two-minute walk through of the inside vendor areas.


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Dayton — Thursday night Hooters SMC Meeting

I have my friend Eric, K9GY, sending me pics of Dayton. Every year the Society of Midwest Contesters meets in one of the Hooters in Dayton for the chicken wings and chatting with their fellow contesters.

Who are these great contesters?


Or these!


Ah, yes. What goes on the Internet STAYS on the Internet.

Thanks, Eric!

Scot, K9JY

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