This here is why these threads are silly. CW isn’t easier if you don’t know how to do CW. SSB is far easier, being a natural language. Set up time is no different between the two, pack weight is an activator’s preference, and as for the RBN, there’s one, maybe two skimmers in all of VK that pick up activators, and not with any regularity (three if you include ZL2HAM). A quick check of RBNHole stats suggests 15% of VK activations get spotted via RBNHole. I wrote the bloody software, and it’s spotted me something like twice in the year!
The activator is king, they get to choose what bands, mode, how much they hump in, etc. We all know the advantages CW has over SSB, we all know that it’s not just mode, but propagation and timing (as Andrew 1DA points out).
Incidentally, I’ve worked NA SSB from a summit. I’ve tried on CW and never made a contact. Anecdotal evidence 1, science 0.
This thread, like all the others before it, will follow a predictable pattern. First, chaser complains no CW. Second, VK folks respond with reasons, and saying that people are trying to create more CW activations. Three, degeneration into discussion of advantages of CW over SSB. Four, a long drawn out argument over whether it’s easy to learn CW, usually with few VK participants.
Meanwhile, those SSB-only activators have already muted or ignored the thread around point 2, and the activators that do include CW are being preached at despite being part of the choir. They continue to use CW, often on higher bands, and get no NA chasers anyway, because, of course, it’s never that simple.