I'm relatively new to serious 160m contesting. I have done HF contests for years, but reasonable 160m antennas turned out to be a challenge until recently. This year was my first real attempt at working the December Stew Perry contest. I also worked the ARRL 160m event earlier in the month. To me, they seemed to have very similar participation rates, and my resulting contact maps looked almost identical. For those of you who have done these contests for a while, do you find that the "big stew" contest is usually about the same size of an event as some of the other major winter 160m events? E.g., the ARRL 160m Contest, and the CQ 160m CW Contest in January? Also, for those who participated, what did you think of yesterday's SP event? Conditions didn't seem as good as for the ARRL event earlier in the month, but they were still respectable. The QSB seems to be less severe than it does for 80m or 40m contesting, but that could just be my perception.