I'm going to try again to get the VQ9HF station working tomorrow (Sunday local time). I think my interface is actually the culprit, not holding the PTT properly. So I'm going to try and hook up a new one and see if I can make it work.
If all goes well, I'll post more here, but the general plan would be to be on starting about 0800z, maybe until 1700z or so. I'll probably stay on 20m unless there is better propagation elsewhere.