Paraphrasing Kenneth's post, "Using the number of log
submissions as the criteria, VHF Contesting is on the
decline, and HF Contesting is on the rise."
> So, I would be inclined to conclude the empircal
> evidence shows that contesting overall is not in
> decline, and in fact DX contesting, and
> expecially DX contesting on CW, has never been more
> popular than it is today.
In the USA, the Amateur Radio population is divided,
in a very lop-sided way:
Total licenses : 655,194
Technician : 320,499
All other Classes : 334,695
The increase in HF/CW contest log submissions is
coming from the 1/2 of the Amateur population that has
HF/CW priviledges. The decrease in VHF contest log
submissions is coming from the other 1/2 of the
Said another way, 1/2 of our population is submitting
more logs, while 1/2 of our population is submitting
fewer logs. I am not certain that log submittal is
the gauge by which we should measure this discussion.
Instead, maybe we, as a community, need to ask
ourselves, "Why is there such a disparity between the
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