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Yeah ya have to be a certain kind of individual to wade into one of the biggest contests out there with only a few watts.
It's kind of like swimming off the Great Reef with no shark repellant. ( or Cape Cod from what I just read) Lots of great whites coming up here this season.
I guess I'll need a bigger boat.
On Wednesday, June 28, 2017 12:20 PM, "Jerry n9avy@... " <070@...> wrote:
The QRP guys were in there as well . Worked a couple who were running 5 watts and on FD that's like crossing the ocean in a dinghy !
From: "'ljl2002@...' joe_molon@... " <070@...>
To: "070@..." <070@...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 28, 2017 11:07 AM
Subject: Re:  Re: 40m
Yep I noticed. Stayed on 40m almost the whole FD because the action kept coming. I saw at least 30 stations on the band at once at times.
Got a personal record of 40 Q's during the time I operated and that was QRP by the way. I can only imagine what the big guns were doing.
It was a 40m feeding frenzy. I sure hope it looks like that for the Firecracker.
On Sunday, June 25, 2017 9:59 PM, "Jerry n9avy@... " <070@...> wrote:
You hit the nail on the head !!! I believe 40 may be open a lot , but sits unused because everyone thinks it's dead.
40m was utilized below 7070 down to at least 7069. The upper end was utilized far above the usual band edge. There was also some activity on 80m during daylight hours.
"It's not a contest" was blown out of the water when Dave Patton said, "If they give points, it's a contest !"
From: "w3hf@... " <070@...>
Sent: Sunday, June 25, 2017 8:26 PM
Subject:  Re: 40m
Yes, I did. The waterfall was full (a "waterfull"? No, I wasn't creative--it was a typo that I started fixing.) much of the day.
Frankly I don't think that propagation changed just because someone in Newington scheduled an "event". (Remember, it's not a contest.) Makes you wonder what might happen if more of us used that band when we didn't think there was anyone to talk to.