Well, the contest is over. It was fun. I operated until around 2:00 AM local time.
My receive antenna was part of what was causing the rfi. It was so bad, even with the coax choke, that the antenna was unusable. A shame. The idea of the antenna was to lower the static level on 40 meters. The static at night on my vertical on 40 meters was s7 - 9. I did not make as many contacts on 40 this year with island stations as I did last year. I could not hear them.
Overall, I made more contacts this year but fewer with island stations.
I will find out in a few months how I did.
Of course I need to turn in my log first!
What next? the Hawaii QSO party at the end of August.
73 and good dx
Galveston Island, Texas
I actually heard the ST0R group fairly loud last evening, on 20 meters.
Wish they were that loud tonight, HI