This is why I think "Radiosport" is the largest part of the future of the
hobby. It is what most piques the interest of the younger "nerd set"
...especially for digital modes. It is a good fit for hacking culture
...they are competitive by nature etc. They even start with a rudimentary
grasp of the way we pass the information back and forth (txt msg convo srsly
like cw or rtty q) :)
One thing to know btw ..is the bands seeming dead outside of contest time
can be a function of where you live and what type of antennas you have.
Even outside of a contest ..if you are in the Caribbean or Europe ..you will
almost never find the bands dead. In the U.S. HF Amateur Radio is a very
different experience from the West Coast ..vis a vis the East Coast. What I
have noticed is ..random ragchewing seems to be dying ...and this is true on
both SSB and CW (there never was much on RTTY and the digital modes seem to
be macro exchanges). You have your nets ...and dx chasing ..and contests.
From: CQ-Contest [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Joe
Sent: Monday, December 21, 2015 7:34 AM
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Contesting Popularity
That I will agree with 100%
The bands are DEAD. the only time they even sound like when I first got
licensed ( 1975 ) is during a contest.
20 meters on a Saturday afternoon back then, it was extremely rare to have
a contact where there wasnt a high pitched donal duck above you and a
grumble grumble below you all the time. geez now it's all private channels
like on 2 meters for cripes sake.
The Original Rolling Ball Clock
On 12/21/2015 9:37 AM, Leigh S. Jones wrote:
> As a contested and observer of the bands, I'd like to point up that while
contest participation and scores have increased over the past decades,
operation on HF between contests seems to be trending downward.
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On Dec 21, 2015, at 6:22 AM, Joe <email@example.com> wrote:
>> Just kind of a survey folk,,,
>> Contesting in general.
>> Is it MORE, or LESS Popular than it used to be.
>> I mean the level of activity, People operating whether they send in a log
or not. In other words People just making Contacts for what ever reason they
>> And then actual Contesters that send in entries, This should be able to
be determined by the results.
>> But the question is.
>> The level of participation both Contesters, and people just making
>> contacts, the level of activity now, vs say in the 90's or even 70's
>> or even 60's
>> How is the level now compared to back then?
>> Joe WB9SBD
>> The Original Rolling Ball Clock
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