I agree with comments made thus far about the undesirability of the new
36-hour format of the WPX. It seems to put more unnecessary strain on the
single-op and adds boredom to the single-band entrants. As far as low-band
activity goes, the added point values of low-band QSO's should in itself
increase the activity on those bands.
Personally I would prefer the contest to be a straight 24-hour contest --
no off-times to encourage those inclined to sneak in listening time and
multiplier picking. It would concentrate activity more and would make
operating full bore more palatable to a larger number of people. The idea
of a another non-stop 48-hour contest is not likely to get more people to
enter this contest in a competitive manner. The idea of a 24-hour contest is
much enticing to someone considering a competitive entry (not to mention the
rest of the household!). The IARU HF Championship in July with its 24-hour
format is one of the best kept secrets of a really fun contest, too bad it's
in July when everyone would rather be out on a beach.
-- Rich K1CC