Our QSO last night was about my 5th one on 40 meters in 38 years of being an amateur. I'm definitely a newbie on that band and have lots to learn. It's much more crowded than other bands with static crashes and noise that is not heard on other bands. 40 meters certainly wouldn't be my go to band for emergency communications. It's big plus is that it is a night time band. So, you get home from work, turn on the rig, and you play radio on 40. I think we would have better results if we were running power. Dave, your signal was in the noise and very difficult to copy. I never did hear Rami. Is 40 the only band you have an antenna on?
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