Never before have the amateur radio bands been so wildly fluctuating in terms of occupancy and activity. Originally there were no contests, real QSO took place with RST, QTH, name, details of station, and this activity was not only on weekends, it was quite well spread out in terms of time, and also frequencies. Later, the bands became rather too busy, and WARC bands were won, and by default contests as a result of not being allowed on the WARC bands which are rather narrow (and 30m still is Secondary for us) spread themselves out over the entire CW band on 40 and 20m. Prior to this, contests avoided the DX window (bottom 10kHz) and the QRS and QRP sections further up the band. Even today some responsible contest organisers publish in the rules where a contester can and cannot transmit for a valid contest entry. This is so that non-contesters can also continue to carry on and not be driven off the band. More recently however, this is what is happening: on some weekends the bands are bursting at the seams: contests and split DX consuming the entire bands including at times even the WARC bands. And where there are "normal" QSO taking place, these are often short affairs of simply a callsign and "5NN TU 73". Before becoming upset, those who enjoy such activity, we're not against you and that activity. The result these days is an imbalance like never before: on the one hand at times we have too few real human CW QSO going on any more, as a result more and more traditional CW operators have been put off by the bands being full of contests and other 5NN activities on weekends and being unable to get an answer to a CQ, and where an answer comes, it's from DCW or a "5NN", resulting in the bands being quieter than ever before when contests and DX activations are not occuring. Certainly CW clubs are addressing that issue of imbalance, but some more imagination may be required. Much of the time, never have the bands been so underused in the last 50 years, and at some other times, the times when we are free on the weekends, never have they been so over-used. It's a huge fluctuation between too crowded and too quiet. This imbalance which is not a healthy state of affairs needs addressing. On the one hand contest organisers can start to put allowed frequency ranges into the rules.