One category that has gone up since the early 2000s are rovers. In 2019 there
were 84 and 79 in 2020.
> On Jan 29, 2021, at 11:02 AM, Ed Kucharski <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Jack: All the reasons you listed are viable. It is hard work to set-up a
> multi station, even harder if it is portable. I'm sure that has something to
> do with it. Our silent keys and aging may be factors too but the differences
> in #'s is striking.
> I apologize that all my attempts to show the chart I put together got messed
> up by the reflector - it was a much better visual than just reading my words.
> In 2000 (September contests data) there were 76 multi's submitting a log with
> a combined cumulative average score of the top 10 of 714K (in 2005 that went
> up to 991K) and there has been a steady decline since. In 2014 a record # of
> Multi logs were submitted (81) with a combined cumulative average score of
> the top 10 of only 249K but in 2015 that # dropped to 31 with that avg top 10
> score of 172K. The # of Multi log submissions have been hanging out in the
> 30's since then. The combined cumulative average score of the top 10 has now
> dropped to the low 100K area (2019 = 114K, 2020 =105K [Covid]) so different
> from the 991K in 2005.
> Ed K3DNE
>> On 01/29/2021 9:16 AM JACK NYIRI < email@example.com
>> mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org > wrote:
>> Ed - perhaps it is due to the increasing number of silent keys in the
>> VHF+ community.... Also, there are more and more communities with
>> restrictive conveniences that prohibit outdoor antennas.(I think this one
>> discourages the young guys from getting in the hobby.)
>> I look at the drop off of operators/stations in the mid-west, south and
>> for that matter even in the east. Guys are getting older and retiring to
>> places that do not allow outdoor antennas.
>> COVID has not help in the past year.
>> I hope I am wrong... - 73 - Jack AB4CR
>>>> On 01/29/2021 8:59 AM Ed Kucharski < email@example.com
>>>> mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org > wrote:
>>> I couldn't embed the chart in the email so it is now attached.
>>> I'm doing some research and digging for data about the recent thread
>>> associated with the effect FTx has had on traditional weak signal modes
>>> In the process I noticed a dramatic decrease in both Limited Multi
>>> and Unlimited Multi activity and scores (September VHF Contests) in the
>>> mid-late 2000's and again in 2015. The authors of the results write-ups
>>> noted this as well but didn't offer an explanation (unless I missed it).
>>> Why??? FT8 didn't begin till 2017 (according to that write-up).
>>> Remember, I only looked at the September results! 2015 was the first year
>>> allowing use of spotting in all categories (spots, chat rooms, email, text,
>>> phone, etc.).
>>> See attached chart (Word File). I had a little difficulty getting
>>> all the #'s if it wasn't mentioned in the write-up - scanning and counting
>>> results - I may have missed a few either way, scores were rounded.
>>> Ed K3DNE
>>> LM = Limited Multi
>>> UM = Unlimited Multi
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