This one is beginning to shape up like Conway Reef, and Christmas
Island did for me...never heard any of them.
Still not a peep, and the outlook doesn't look too good
with the solar flux below 100.
c'est la vie !
Such is not life, such is an antenna system! If you had just stopped with XMAS Island I would not have paid attention, but 3D2C was very strong on many bands and ZL9HR was 59 on Saturday night on 20 meters until 2 AM when I changed bands and then shut off the rig.
What are you using for an antenna? ZL9HR should be able to be heard on a simple dipole at the right time and band. I did not say worked, but at least heard and you aren't hearing a peep.
I envy guys like you that have the resources to have a big fancy station
with limit amplifiers and the equivalent of a scrap yard full of aluminum in the air. As a retiree, I do NOT have the option to spend BIG BUX on equipment.
I am stuck with a measley Hustler 4BTV or a homemade doublet
made from zip cord at about 20'. My limit is 100 watts when I do hear someone.
I am also fighting geography here.
I live on the eastern slope of a ridge that runs north-south.
I am at approx 1000-1100 amsl. The ridge tops out at over 1400 feet amsl
and the peak of that ridge is no more than 1/2 mile WEST of me.
If you have ever been to southwestern Pennsylvania you have an idea
just how rough and difficult the terrain here is.
The takeoff or "look" angle kis difficult to determine because of the trees,
but it is at LEAST a 45 degree up angle, probably more.
That makes hearing something in the South Pacific, or Asia (China, VietNam,
Myanmar, Cambodia etc) VERY DIFFICULT.
I have HEARD China exactly twice since I started in 2006.
Hong Kong maybe 5 times (never got thru to HK)
Sorry Chris, but all I can say is congrats on your decent station.
There are lots of us out here that don't have the luxury of having what
you and many others have available.
I will keep listening, maybe I'll get lucky !
And maybe I won't....either way...
c'est la vie