Seems to me a relatively easy way to answer the question is to look not at
log submissions but at the overall number of individual callsigns, net of
uniques, appearing in the combined aggregate of all logs submitted.
If that number is going up, then contesting is not in decline. If that
number is going down, then it is, and Syl's postulation that log submissions
are on the rise only because it's easier holds true.
Log-checking gurus such as N6TR could probably come up with that analysis
----- Original Message -----
From: "VE5ZX" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Kenneth E. Harker" <email@example.com>; "CQ Contest"
Sent: Wednesday, October 04, 2006 5:49 PM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Contesting Extinction
> > 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.
> The time period examined in the contesting.com article covers a period
> the world-wide use of the Internet and email was rapidly increasing and
> electronic log submission was become more pervasive.
> It is possible that a large percentage of the increase in log submissions
> maybe due to the ease of using email instead of snail mail to submit logs
> while the actual number of participants has not increased as much or
> even declined?
> Sylvan Katz - VE5ZX
> Saskatoon, SK
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