[CQ-Contest] 1 million qso's?

Bill Coleman aa4lr at arrl.net
Sun Feb 1 19:03:51 EST 2009

On Jan 29, 2009, at 4:13 AM, James Cain wrote:

> A week or two ago the "web survey" question on the front page of the  
> arrl web site was "About how many CW QSOs do you think you made in  
> 2008, excluding contest contacts?"
> I checked "Less than 5," which was probably a stretch.

I think I made somewhere between 50 and 100.

> I guess contest contacts aren't "real" contacts.

Contest contacts are different from casual contacts. The CW  
proficiency required for a contest contact is very different. CW  
contests also seem to activate the CW bands -- perhaps this survey  
attempts to see how much other kind of CW activity there is.

> 40 percent of respondents checked "I don't work CW."

The vast majority of hams didn't pass a CW requirement for their  
license, and some that did have long ago forgotten it. so this isn't  

Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL        Mail: aa4lr at arrl.net
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