Actually it should have been 999,000 qsos
Only 1K more QSO's to go for a million....
Your tally is truly impressive.
Well Burt, Actually as many were contest qsos, and so many times you work the same guys in contests on one band or the other. I know many of them. Others ... obviously not so much.
Chase 7 band DXCC, you do get to know a lot of them pretty well, especially if you arrange schedules.
Many times, even in fast paced contests you get a reply like: Tnx Bill, 59900x and hope to work you on 80 later.
Or some such.
But I don't think that was the intent of your comment.
To each his own, and I would NEVER criticize anyone else for their style of operating.
I've been a ham since the '60's.
I was coached by the man who was the inspiration for the famous How's DX Column about Elmering.
That man was W9DY, who name was indeed 'Elmer' (but used the nickname of Bud) and a co worker of Rod Newkirk who wrote the How's DX column for QST.
Rod aquiesed to Bud's request not to mention his call and not use the name we all knew him by, The term Elmering has become known as that person who help aspiring hams learn the ropes.
Bud was a DXer (still on top of the Honor Roll) and contester, I soon joined him in those aspects of the hobby.
BTW: Bud could hold a conversation and work contests at 50 wpm +, even in the days of paper logging.
Incredible person and incredible mentor.
The Chicago area still has many hams brought into the hobby by him.
So following his example, I'm proud to say I've drafted and inducted a number of youths to Ham Radio.
And they can be found working contests, and dxing in cw, ssb, and digital.
Almost always get 2 or 3 of them most weekends.
But ... Burt, if you hear me in a contest, feel free to give me a call. I won't hold it against you.
oh and btw: I'm now up to 999019, (mostly JT65 and JT9)
Just to put this into perspective.
Lets round it up to 1,000,000 QSOs. If you were on the air for 1.5 hours every day and averaged 1 QSO every 2 minutes, you could make 1 million contacts and it would only take you 60.882 years. Now, I'm assuming someone isn't going to be on the air every single day and some days will be on more than 1.5 hours and some less. Some QSOs may take less than 2 minutes and some may take more, especially if you exchange more than 599 73's. Any way you look at it, 1 million QSOs in 60 years is a lot of air time. This is proof that everyone enjoys the hobby in a different way. If I tried this, I wouldn't have time to travel, spend time with friends and family, mountain bike, scuba dive, or any of the other myriad of things I love