This year the number of HQ stations seemed way more plentiful than in the 2012 event. For some reason I find working HQ stations to be really cool. The W1AW callsign was /4 this year and the NU1AW call was /3. While running a frequency it was an honor to have HQ stations calling me rather than them just sitting on a frequency waiting for us.
Noticeably missing was Hawaii (I worked only one station) as well as VE4, VE5 & VE6. Additionally, VK seemed absent as well as BG (China) except for an HQ station there. There were surprisingly few JA stations this year, continuing my beef that Asian stations seem to be noticeably absent from this year's radiosport events. Brazil (PP5), Uruguay (CX3) and Columbia (HK3) were the only South American countries I could work. Surprisingly, Europe was unhearable from my Alameda location, although I did hear EF5 and EA3. By the time I was able to transmit, those goodies were long gone.
What amazed me this year was the blatant lack of operational courtesy and operating ethics on the part of a handful stations. It would seem that I was the ONLY station to ask QRL before moving in on a frequency. One station drowned out other stations to work me and then immediately moved barely 100 hz above me and began calling CQ. When I moved up 100hz to match him, he disappeared. There was plenty of room several Khz on both sides of me. Wassup with the 100 hz business?
Despite the horrible atmospheric noise levels, I was amazed at the stations who DiD come thru; especially on 80-meters. The way things turned out, I ended up submitting a CW only log.
Where were you this weekend?
Did you play in the IARU Championship?
If so, was WQ6X in your log?