I work CW nearly every day and have logged over 385,000 CW contacts since 1965 (including regular QSOs and also contests) but never joined SKCC. One reason is, I don't use any straight or mechanical keys. I've been using electronic keyers and paddles since 1967, but for two years did use a Vibroplex semi-automatic "bug" and/or hand key. I like keyers a lot better: They're easier! But I can slow down to about any speed, as all my keyers will dial down to about 8 wpm. To encourage newer ops I do dial up the bands, above 14.050 and 7.050, and even above 7.100 and stuff where I hear "CQ SKCC" often. I thought these CQs were for "anyone" to answer, but it seems I'm wrong about that. A few times just this week I answered "CQ SKCC" calls and was immediately asked for my SKCC number. I don't have one, and sent that. That lead to "73" and the same station calling CQ SKCC again. I guess many are just looking to exchange numbers and not really have a contact. Is this really the case? If so, I'm really glad I never joined!