It was interesting at the beginning that never “seen” noise appeared on the band from the start of the contest. It peaked @15dB over s9 and it was even s7 on the Beverage as well. There was no big solar activity which could have explained this but luckily after the first hour it’s gone away. However the incoming signals were pretty loud so the QRN was not that disturbing. The loudest was definitely N5DX with almost a local signal level.
I had 6 hours again to test the Inv-L with the improved ground screen. Might be interesting to see the diff if I could use real high power. It was highlight tho I had to give max 2-3 calls even in bigger RBN pile-ups to be answered but it was sad maybe due to the fact that 400W does not make my signal big enough in NA to maintain better runs. This is especially true if I compare my QSO total with other stations like HB9FAP, IR1G, E70T, etc.
Anyways, it was again a good fun to have these 161 calls in the log.
Absolute highlight of the weekend:
After the family brainstorming I could gain 50% process effectiveness improvement with the “mud walk”. As I have to build the Beverage(s) before and dismantle after every contest it is not the same if I have to get across this 268m deep soil 1x or 2x for building or dismantling activity… :-))