[CQ-Contest] CQ WW Survey results - part 1
mschulz at creative-chaos.com
Thu Dec 17 11:37:10 EST 2015
Interesting results which show that if you want to be successful, be closer
to or in Europe :).
Regarding the age distribution, I see this concern all the time that there
are declining numbers based on age
and that amateur radio will be dead when the last old hams died. This seems
to be always then be tied to
youth not coming into the hobby at a higher rate. How about a different lens
in which one would look at influx
of new hams regardless of age? Do we need 90% (making an extreme example) of
new hams to be <18 years old?
Especially in contesting, the 40+ age group (I find myself in that bracket)
would seem more likely to engage in
contesting as new-comers given that by that time in life, things have
settled more overall, and disposable income
is (ideally) greater as compared to the 16 - 20 or 20 - 30 age brackets.
73 Mike K5TRI
> -----Original Message-----
> From: CQ-Contest [mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf
> Of David Gilbert
> Sent: Wednesday, December 16, 2015 9:49 PM
> To: cq-contest at contesting.com
> Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] CQ WW Survey results - part 1
> I don't find the age distribution to be surprising at all. Age data from
> Asian contest exchange looks similar. Look at the pictures from Dayton or
> any club meeting and compare them to pictures taken 30 years ago ...
> much all you see are people that are 30 years older.
> Somebody I was speaking to once claimed that the average age of ham radio
> ops in the U.S. increased at least one year every 1.5 years. Seems about
> to me.
> Dave AB7E
> On 12/16/2015 5:41 PM, Randy Thompson K5ZD wrote:
> > There is a new blog post with the first results from the CQ WW Contest
> > survey that was open during September 2015.
> > http://cqww.com/blog/2015-cq-ww-survey-results-part-1/
> > This first post cover demographic information about the responses.
> > The most striking finding is how old we are!
> > Comments and discussion are welcome.
> > Randy, K5ZD
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