[CQ-Contest] Contest Popularity

Ted Bryant w4nz at comcast.net
Mon Feb 5 18:01:15 EST 2007

Randy, K5ZD, has some interesting statistics on his web page from his compilation of the "Super
Check Partial" database ( http://www.k5zd.com/scp/index.html ).  As he notes, this information is
from logs submitted for contest activity within the past two years to keep the data "fresh".

This may partially answer Rick's musings about "unique" players in contests.  I tend to agree with
Ken that a considerable majority of licensed HF operators probably could be considered as
"inactive". In that regard, I also have to believe that if you consider "active" amateurs, the
Contesting Community's niche may actually be much larger than you think.

73, Ted W4NZ

-----Original Message-----
From: cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com
[mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com]On Behalf Of Kenneth E. Harker
Sent: Monday, February 05, 2007 11:42 AM
To: Eric Hilding
Cc: cq-contest at contesting.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Contest Popularity

On Sun, Feb 04, 2007 at 07:41:54PM -0800, Eric Hilding wrote:
> Bob, K0RC, wrote:
>  > I don't know whether this formatted page will make it through the reflector,
>  > but the following is the list of all contests with over 2,000 submitted
> logs. I
>  > sorted the list from the link provided:
>  > http://www.kkn.net/~k5tr/scoredb/contest_list.php
> Wow...talk about a wake-up call as to really how narrow a niche the
> Contesting Community is within Amateur Radio as a whole!
> I'll bet many of the log submitters in these various major contests would
> be "Dupes" (i.e., they show up in the same events).
> If someone were to come up with a condensed list of the actual individual
> "unqiue" players (callsigns) from these collective events as a percentage
> of the respective event domestic and Internationally licensed operators,
> this might be even more insightful as to the future.

I would guess that 75+% of those licensed to operate on HF have not
transmitted a signal on HF in the past year.  If you totalled the number
of HF users Monday to Friday in the last week of October, you might get
as large a total as the number of operators who show up for CQWW SSB.

> Yup, we gotta keep makin' hay and having Contesting Fun while the sun still
> shines (and there are still enough players on the gameboard).
> Tnx for the enlightening info, Bob.
> 73...
> Rick, K6VVA

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