I dunno if that makes me old or young....
73 de Jim, N2EY
I'd say you are still young. I talk with many hams who have had their ticket for 50 years.
I'm at 44 years, 3 months and some days. Less than 6 years to 50!
It seems many got their novice ticket at about 12 or 13.
I was 13, but I have an excuse. Nobody in my family was a ham, nor were any of my neighbors. So it took a while to get started.
I was the one who was late to the party. I got my ticket at 28, but I got my General first, and then my Extra, in a span of 2 months.
That's great! In the old days, there was a 2 year General or Advanced experience requirement before a ham could even try the Extra. Didn't matter if you had a First 'Phone and a Ph.D. in EE, you needed those two years.
I also work primarily CW and I think CW operators maybe older than phone operators although I don't have any data to back it up.
My experience has been somewhat different. For example, some years back I had a nice 25+ wpmQSO on the low end of 40 with another Extra. Great fist and really good op - who turned out to be ten years old. And an Extra for two years already.
Every Field Day for the past several years I've helped out at the CW station of our local group. And every year the youngest folks are the most interested.
I do have data on ARRL logbooks, though. The current price is $7.95 and my last log had 45 pages. I think that is expensive for paper.
It's not just paper; it's a bound book. But yes that's a lot. I remember when they were 50 cents - 1967.
What does a similar book sell for at Staples or Office Depot?
I suspect that ARRL doesn't sell many logbooks any more. Between the removal of logging requirements, computers, and the ease of copying and printing, there's probably not much of a market for them.
73 de Jim, N2EY