As usual, I could not help saying that there has been much less activity of the ordinary conversation on CW than several years ago. The rotten band condition due to the ongoing solar flare also lowers it now.
Early in the evening yesterday, on the quiet 40 meters, I heard Ian VK3BJT calling CQ NET. No one answered to him. He has repeated calling again, when I made a brief call to him. I have recently met him on 40 meters several days ago. He belonged to the operators in good old days. We have had a pleasant chat. He sounded very happy because his daughter was going to marry in a couple of days. I just wanted to say hi to him again yesterday.
He told me they had had that QRS CW net on Tuesday and Thurseday. It was his turn to hold the net yesterday. To my inquiry how many guys always joined the net, he answered with laughter there was always at least one guy checking in the net. We have not talked any more of that topic since I knew it was the time of the net then. I was glad they were encouraging newbies on CW in that way. After we said good by, he again started calling the net.
I am still believing we are at the last age of CW communication, brilliantly ending its historical role and quietly placed at a corner of museum now. The days when we felt CW communication as the window to the outer world have already gone. The email or SNS etc has taken over the place in human communication. CW will continue to be as a game mode. But who cares for that? It is still the modern trend which no one could resist.
It is still good to know such a slow net is going on somewhere not far away, where the old timers are trying to deliver the technique of operation to the new comers. Some of them will appreciate the true pleasure to converse on this mode even if it won't change the trend yet. Staying in psssimism, let's maintain such an activity even if almost buried in the mess of cotest style QSOs on the bands.