Wow!! What a weekend!! The conditions for this years CQ WW SSB Contest were outstanding as most of us will know. This had to have been the best weekend we have had for DX chasing in many, many, years! The bands were packed - wall to wall with strong signals.
It seemed everybody was having a great time, and what was most surprising was the behaviour on the bands...I didn't hear one piece of rude or obnoxious behaviour like we have heard in previous contests. Also missing this weekend were the "Band Police", and given the size of some of the huge pileups I heard, that's just amazing.
While I did work stations on 40m and 20m, the vast majority - 90% - of my contacts for the weekend were made on 10m. It's been a long time since I have heard 10m open like that. In fact I think my Dad was still alive and operating VE7CVQ when we last had similiar openings.
I worked 58 countries this weekend, a new record for me, and on top of that I managed to put seven new countries in the log book. Some of the 10m highlights were: 8R1EA in Guyana; C5A in The Gambia; and ZM4T in New Zealand. However....VA3QV eluded me all weekend!!
Just a phenomenal time on the bands!