On Jul 26, 2011, at 4:30 PM, Zack W9SZ wrote:

There have been operations especially from the Pacific that completely ignored propagation. They'd have paths to USA and JA at the same time on the low bands. ,,,,,, they would continue to work almost exclusively JA's during the time they had prop to USA. That got a lot of people upset!

Oh how true Zack. I've been stewing about the following "worst case" example ever since it happened. But I'll try to be forgiving, and assume that the operator was totally inexperienced, and lacked any knowledge of propagation. However, I wish the DXpedition leaders had recognized that, and had provided him with some guidance!

It was the most recent BS7H operation, at dawn W5 local time. Propagation was superb on 40M right at our sunrise, and BS7H was booming in, a genuine 59 on 40SSB into Austin. The Chinese op worked JAs nonstop for about two hours straight through NA sunrise. I don't think I have ever been so frustrated in my DXing career.

73, John, NT5C.

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