They will give you an honest appraisal than what you will find here on this little forum with inexperienced operators. You are seeking answers here from hams who have just barely met DXCC requirements who are know it all's and blowhards!
Well, I know the OM from NC couldn't be referring to me, as he has publicly stated no more comments from him to me...of course, this isn't to
me as much as it appears to be a dig at
me...at least it seems that way to me. Whatever.
I recently put up a 160 meter antenna for my QRO rig an have had some success so I thought QRP might be fun.
What antenna did you put up on 160? I know you said you had an inverted-L on 80...the same would be a good choice on 160, especially if you have a decent radial field under it. Low-noise RX antennas are nice, but less important when you're running only 5 watts.
I know a lot of guys on QRP-L have been discussing 160 operations lately and seem to be having fun using low power on that band, particularly during the recent contests. A number of operators made over 300 QSOs in the ARRL 160 contest last month running QRP. As always, contests are a good time to make QSOs while QRP, as the serious contesters are looking hard for contacts. This guys also tend to have Beverages and are able to dig weaker signals out of the noise. Also, on 160, the code speeds tend to be a little slower than on the higher bands during contests if that matters. I know that was the case when I was actively contesting on the band in the 90s and early 2000s...and it seemed to be the case when I listened to the Stew Perry contest a few days back.
I doubt I'll get anything up for the band for this season, but hope to join you there next winter perhaps.