The true or original W1AW is being heard on 21067.5KHz. 589. It seems to send the message of some QST article for CW reception practice. But otherwise nothing heard on the band. I have repeated calling CQ for over 10 times without any caller. The band sounds as if dead though ionosphere wise it is alive, or rather most active in the last phase of height in solar cycle.
I have experienced the plateau of the solar cycles for 5 times since '60s except in "70s. Unfortunately, the overall activity is steadily dropping so far as the ordinary QSO on CW is concerned. In the next cycle, those enjoying the ordinary QSOs must be the endangered species in the world. No, possibly, they won't survive until the next plateau.
I believe enjoyment of CW is divided into two categories. One is that they enjoy it as a tool of communication. Merely a tool replaceable to any other mode. They would use this mode for its simplicity and handiness. They are concerned about how many QSOs or how many entities they would work. All they do is just exchanging call signs and numbers like report or contest number. It is only exchanges of symbols. No other meaning in their communication.
The other is those enjoying CW for its intrinsic logic or process. Reception of meaning of the message sent on this mode is involved with highly intellectual process if it may be being aware of or not. Ragchewing or reading mails on this mode could give us pleasure so far as this process is concerned with it. It is not related with the attitude to CW stated above. It might be rather contrary to this enjoyment. Those who know this process are inclined to know the other people through the QSOs. They don't care for how many they work. It is the depth of qualitative aspects of QSOs they are concerned about.
The overall decrease in the ordinary QSO activity might be only due to the less number of CW operators. However, I am afraid those belonging to the first category may be overwhelming the latter. The first would never live long in ham radio. They would get bored with it or would face to the limit as any other quantitative extension does in human society. It may result in the overall decrease in CW activity.
And so what? Maybe, there is little room for me to do with this trend. Just enjoying it as I have done with it for decades. The last brilliance before it is lost in the darkness of the history.