With every issue of the 10-10 News I see that more and more of the old time paperchasers have left us. Venturing a guess, perhaps 1/3 to 1/2 are now Silent Keys. Many of the old Chapters are QRT. 10 meters is mostly dead during the Fall and Winter months when most are indoors because of weather. If 10 meters is dead; then, are the 10-10ers off playing video games, surfing the net, or letting their minds get turned to Jell-O by watching the Tube ?
So, what is the future of Paperchasing ???? Is it doomed to just fall away by attrition ? When Cycle 24 finally gets into full swing and 10 meters is open 8-10 hours a day, will there be many paperchasers on the band ? Or are we destined to find just a bunch of refugee CBers/Freebanders tweaking their "kickers" ?
In spite of all the glorious Cycle 24 predictions, it's still not here, yet. I fear that when it finally appears we'll be having problems from truckers, fishing boats, bouys, and other "Intruders"; that is, if the Government doesn't sell off 10m to pay for the bails outs.
Whatever happens, I don't think we'll be seeing the same 10 meter band we left a few year ago.