Well, at least the power didn't go out.
For the first half hour, everything was perfect. I was handing out pelts left and right - cruising! Then at 0130 UTC a dreaded net came on frequency and once again, the NCS began calling up said net without so much the courtesy of a "QRL?".
Do you have any idea what happens to your ears when a 50dB over 9 station suddenly bursts onto the scene; and you're operating with the AGC off because you're listening for weak signals? Painful baby, painful!
At that point I had to quit operating split and QSY as I wasn't hearing even the loudest Hounds through that mess. The result was I went from cruise mode into stall mode; and my QSO rate dropped quicker than the proverbial lead balloon.
But it was fun, and it was the last 80 Meter hunt for the season. This Thursday will be the last 40 Meter hunts for 2009/2010: and the Summer 20 Meter hunts should start up some time in July to last into September.
72 de Larry W2LJ