[CQ-Contest] CQ WW Survey results - part 1

Stan Stockton wa5rtg at gmail.com
Fri Dec 18 04:22:18 EST 2015

Another take on this....

For those who were required to know CW (send and receive perfectly for a minute at 20 WPM to get an extra class license) CW is their favorite mode by a big margin.  For the group that either did not have to know CW at all or only had to pass a multiple choice test at some slow speed, SSB is more likely to be their choice.  

We don't know that this is true by the results posted, but my guess is that if you surveyed the younger people who are capable of operating CW proficiently, their preference by a good margin would also be CW.  

I think it has little to do with age and more to do with what you have mastered.  Kudos to those who were not required to  know CW but mastered it anyway.  Their overall enjoyment of the hobby is heightened over those who have not.

73...Stan, K5GO

> On Dec 17, 2015, at 4:34 PM, John Reilly <ReillyJF at comcast.net> wrote:
> At the moment, CW is the favorite contest operating mode; however, if you look at the Favorite Mode by Age graph, this isn't true for hams less than 40 years old. I think as we get new (younger) hams into contesting, CW will not maintain it dominance. I predict SSB, and especially Data modes, will increase in popularity.
>  - 73, John, N0TA
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