I put together a “field day style” Top Band antenna today. After making 9BDXCC and my struggles with DXCC on 160M, I almost decided to never bother chasing static again.
But Baker and Ducie are two entities I need on 160 and 6M, and because of where we are in the cycle – they are the only game in town as far as generating any sort of “interim” DXCC interest (until someone activates Bouvet or Glorioso).
Its also rare that any mega DXpedition happens in the Northern Hemisphere in the Summer – so while for some this is not a good time – for us on the West Coast it will probably be pretty good. We don’t have lightning here in the SF Bay Area (except for an occasional storm every several years).
With Top Band and 6M, nothing is guaranteed – but I figure it was worth putting up something for Baker – that I can leave up for Ducie – and get a few new ones on bands I don’t have these on now.