How about the number of years licensed rather than age? We have some new
folks entering the hobby, but they are not all youngsters?
This idea is also valid because the contesting authority can verify license
issue date but no longer has access to year born.
New train of thought -----
BTW, I have been following this thread as a casual contester. I got into
contests because very often the DX is only on during contests and they are
willing to dig for my peanut whistle signal (especially on Sunday afternoon).
It is exciting to work a far away station and the excitement carries over to
the contest itself. With VHF & UHF the "DX" might be two counties away
(whoopee..) so the excitement of DX is missing leaving only the contest itself
to attract and keep prospective contesters. Not to mention that it takes a
very high end station (compared to most entry level Hams' equipment) to work
that contact that you probably have breakfast with on Saturday morning.
my opinion and worth what you paid for it... ;^)>
Clint - W5CPT
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