Thanks for the input.
I was up to 40 states confirmed on 10 meters after 25 years living in Minnesota. I moved to Iowa 6 years ago and now my total is up to 29 states confirmed.
OK, backscatter propagation isn’t there all the time. Here’s a link: http://ecjones.org/backscatter.html
I am building a Moxon antenna which will be ready for the ARRL 10 meter contest.
During contests, I get requests to repeat information on SSB. On CW information is almost always received the first time with no repeats necessary.
I've used propnet.org , an automated network of PSK stations on 10 meters, to show when and where the 10 meter band is open.. It’s discouraging to see that no contacts have been logged during the past year between the station in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to Wisconsin or Illinois.
I can call CQ on CW and even if I get no replies, the reverse beacon network reports which stations can hear me and the measured signal to noise ratio.
I've tried a CW beacon at my home station and can hear it 35 miles away with a mobile setup. The beacon was running 100 watts to a ground mounted 4BTV vertical.
I may be able to exploit the “Contacts must be made from the same location, or from locations no two of which are more than 50 miles apart” rule by setting up a portable station 49 miles northeast of my home QTH in order to work stations in Wisconsin and Illinois.
Another idea is to point the beam up. The snowtel meteor scatter network uses a yagi antenna with an elevation angle of 45 degrees.