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Polls
(#231-240 October 2018-August 2019)



#235 - Check all of the following you have NEVER done.
Date: 2/15/19-3/14/19 --- Voters: 31

What                             Nr      %
Earned WPX                       21    68%
Used a KW and beam               21    68%
Contacted a satellite station    21    68%
Earned DXCC                      20    65%
Earned WAC                       19    61%
Operated in a traffic net        17    55%
Used a panadapter                16    52%
Earned WAS                       15    48%
Built a xcvr from scratch        15    48%
Operated mobile                  11    35%
Built a xmtr from scratch        11    35%
Operated portable                 6    19%
Operated a contest or sprint      5    16%
Operated VHF                      4    13%
Worked DX                         3    10%
I have done them all              3    10%
Operated HF                       2     6%


I'm not sure I understand some of the votes in this poll. Very surprising that nearly 2 out of 3 hams have never earned WAC for example. Another example is half have never earned WAS. Otherwise thinking about the other choices, perhaps they do make sense. I don't know



#234 - How much are you planning to spend on ham radio in 2019?
Date: 1/15/19-2/14/19 --- Voters: 32

Amount                      Nr      %
501-1000 dollars             9    28%
101-300 dollars              7    22%
100 dollars or less          4    13%
301-500 dollars              4    13%
2501 or more dollars         4    13%
Nothing                      3     9%
1001-1500 dollars            1     3%
1501-2500 dollars            0     0%


I have the best CW QRP rig in the world, and I can't afford to move to a more ham friendly location, so I don't plan to spend any money on ham radio this year. As for the rest of you, I hope your spending plans work out successfully, whatever they may be.



#233 - What are your ham radio plans for 2019?
Date: 12/15/18-1/14/19 --- Voters: 37

What                         Nr     %
Be more active on the bands  19   51%
Improve CW skills and speed  18   49%
Do more portable ops         12   32%
Erect a new antenna           8   22%
Earn more awards              5   14%
Enter more contests           5   14%
Keep the status quo           4   11%
Something not listed here     4   11%
Get a new rig                 0    0%
Get a new key                 0    0%
Move to a better location     0    0%


I'm glad to see the way the results turned out with the choices concerned with operating garnering the most votes and the "monetary" choices at the bottom. Based on that, my next poll about money spent on the hobby in 2019 will have a lot of "Nothing" votes. We'll see.



#232 - What would you most like for Christmas?
Date: 11/15/18-12/14/18 --- Voters: 58

What                     Nr     %
I have all I need        22   38%
A new rig                11   19%
A new antenna             5    9%
A new shack computer      4    7%
A new key bug or paddle   3    5%
A new operating desk      3    5%
A new location            3    5%
A new antenna tuner       2    3%
A new tower               2    3%
New headphones            2    3%
A new keyer               1    2%


I guess most of us are happy with what we have or wish to make it easy on Santa this year. It was nice to see a hefty increase in the number of voters for this poll. The more votes, the more interesting and a more accurate representation in the results.



#231 - How old were you when you started using QRP CW regularly?
Date: 10/15/18-11/14/18 --- Voters: 29

Age                 Nr     %
Less than 15         1    3%
15 to 19             3   10%
20 to 29             3   10%
30 to 39             3   10%
40 to 49             7   24%
50 to 59             4   14%
60 to 69             3   10%
70 or older          2    7%
I never use QRP CW   3   10%


It looks like there is no specific age when the urge to use QRP first strikes. A slight peak in the 40-49 age group, but that's about the only anomaly I see in the results.