A recent e-mail in the AWA Group from Eddy, VE3CUI, elicited some intriguing comments which you may find of interest. Highlights from the exchanges have been selected for brevity:
Eddy VE3CUI - VE3XZ/3:
I'm here at the summer cottage, gamely calling "CQ" with my trusty old Vibroplex Vibrokeyer on what sound like dead bands on 15- and 20-meters...yet, when I check the on-line DX Beacon, my quota of entries at 100 is exhausted from across the continent, and beyond, from monitoring stations that have clearly copied me.
All of a sudden, 15-meters just explodes with CW contestors in the middle of Wednesday afternoon with morse machines all honking out endless "CQ CWT" at some 30+ WPM. I snag some very easy quickie exchanges from "VE7" and "W6" from the west coast --- and then just as suddenly, the contest is over and I'm right back to "CQ...CQ...CQ" in silence again, all in vain.
How very ironic that self-professed "...devotees" of the CW art and craft --- "CW Tops-Ops" --- can all devote attention to the object of their affection for but one single hour, and in the middle of the week...! Shouldn't they otherwise be gainfully fully employed earning a living, like all of the other non-retirees...?! Otherwise, why "...kiss and run" so, if they really and truly love the mode...?!
I just do not get it, I'm afraid...
Well, as for the middle of the week timing, more people work from home now. I guess they stepped away from their work computer and spent an hours snagging some QSOs.