From Kansas: I've always stuck to the high bands for the various contests.
This time I put up a dipole broadside to Eu. Operated about 9 hours total,
until about 1A local both nights. Rig Orion I and Acom 2000. No noise and
minimal RX QRM in that split operation. Ended up with 47 countries and 80
contacts. Strictly S&P. With exception of the HB9 that I chased both
nights and totally couldn't hear me, I worked EVERYTHING I heard, most on
the first call. RK9, 9H3, RK2, 6V6U, JE1, UA9, S56, as well as the Carib
Always, say on 20M, I hear weak stations calling the CQing stations. I
heard no second layer stations. Question: is this a result of being in the
zero black hole? I can't believe that another 3 dB would bring that second
layer out of the noise that wasn't here this time. Comments?
The other comment is that some times I would listen to a station for 10 min
working a string, giving his call, but not the transmit frequency. Really
aggravating as I didn't have WEB access and am assuming that all those
callers were picking that freq off the WEB. Next time I will have it and
work /A. Well hashed subject, but still poor operating practice.
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