Last week end, at least, two contests were going on while another is being held this week end. I was carefully watching JIDXC last week end, which sounded to have less participants than some years ago. There should be substantial decrease of the contesters all over the world. In addtion, aren't there too many conests held throughut a year? Especially, in the DX seasons, a few contests are held at the same time. It is like an inflation of the contests which lower the value of each contest. It causes the contesters to be scattered to each contest.
Retirees like me could enjoy the ordinary QSOs on the plain week day. The other workers who wish to enjoy the ordinary QSOs must be discouraged to find the bands being occupied by the contesters in week ends. This situation may deprive the ham radio world of its activity as a whole. I am on the side that enjoys the ordinary contact and still feel sorry for the present situation. The ham radio is, in my view, for human communication. Contesting was originally for testing the set ups and the operation skill in the beginning. It should have served for the ordinary contacts, I believe. The infalted contests are against this belief as well.
The contest hosts should consider of restructuring the contests, that is, unitizing the same kinds of contests. It will activate the contests and contribute to the contesters. If they should keep the contests in the same number and style, the contests would decay very soon. I wonder if the contesters would leave it go on as it does at present.