Here in W. WA copy was tough. This is my big gun station...
Rig is a Ten Tec OMNI VI, amp is a Dentron Clipperton L. running 750W out. I have a Drake R-4C with a full set of Sherwood mods that really helped in digging them out of the QRN. Many times the Drake was 539 while “6” was 339 (or worse).
I had a 200ft long inverted L 70ft up in a Douglas fir, the remainder of which sloped to the south with the end of the wire about 20ft off the ground. After the first weekend, in a panic I pulled the 200 ft wire down and put up a 20M double zepp sloping to the south. Most likely this was a mistake and it prevented me from picking them up on 80. Oh well, lesson learned.
I was only able to work them on 40 CW Friday 2/5 at 0600Z. Nothing to brag about, I worked hard for what I got, a lot harder than I did for Peter Island on 40 CW. I was using a 1/4 wave mono band vertical in those days and at a different QTH.
Not convinced the zepp is going to stay. I may go back to my 200ft Inverted L. In the mean time I will use the zepp and see how it does on the ARRL DX CW Contest.
I found it very interesting to see the stats on VP8ORK CW vs SSB. Nice to see CW is not dead.
I would like to thank the VP8ORK team for the outstanding demonstration of operating skills at it's finest. I learned a lot just listening to them.
73, Don KO7i