I will vote for shorter time contests,just 24 hours is more than enough for all the madness that happens almost every weekend
Almost every weekend? Are you kidding me? There were no contests of ANY size last weekend or the weekend before that. You need to stop reading the propaganda pieces.
makinng the bands useless for ragchewing or even dxing.
How is the band useless? I've worked lots of DX and made lots of QSOs on contest weekends. Hell, during the last CQWW, I worked 100 countries in 24 hours from my home QTH. After all, the point of a DX contest
is to work DX, no???
Unfortunately contesters has become beasts who only care about making a "point" or a multiplier and use over the legal limit power plus an opened wide compressor that creates more splatters,more bandwith,useless spectrum,etc.Decency and good amateur practices are lost those weekends.
Oh, nets and DX pileups are such the examples of decency and good amateur practice. How many times have I heard a pileup where the DX transmitting frequency was a cacophany of words like "LID," "up," "listen up jacka$$," "he's not calling you," etc.