> If you only want to operate 24 hours, then operate 24 hours. If you
> want to operate 36 hours then do that. The current 48 hour format is
> great for that because you can pick your 24 hours out of the whole
> weekend. Casual ops like this because they can get in a fair amount
> of operating time without giving up other commitments.
Furthermore, the 48 hour format is more favorable for the little pistol
types who have difficulty smashing pileups. I made 3700+ QSOs with loud
stations during the first 24 hours of the ARRL CW contest this weekend.
(Actually I slept 1.5 hours the first night, so I was really only on for
22.5 of those hours.)
I think it's during the second 24 hours when the DX stations are a little
hungrier that the contest gets more interesting for the weak guys.
--Trey, WN4KKN (no longer /TI4 as of a few hours ago)