I worked them very easily on 40M just now. Their signals are very good – S9 +20, and 100 watts with my DX Engineering DV-40P vertical array did the trick.
The Icom IC-7610 with its Dual Watch is noticeably better than when I had a K3 with two receivers. its hard to explain – except I can listen to callers as well as the DX without fatigue. I remember (with the K3) not having the second receiver on all the time as I do now with the 7610, but always flipped back and forth between listening to the callers or the DX and hitting the A/B button constantly.
OK – I will have to send them a donation. I have been so busy with work I just haven’t been excited about any DX-pedition. The 160M is still on saw horses with only about 1 hour max before its on the air- I just am too tired to bother when I get home each night – but I think I’ll get it going tonight.
They are reported on 160M, and after turning the preamp off and getting the two Wellbrook Loops phased right with the DXE NCC-2, I can hear him barely. A VK said they were weak there.
I will be quite happy filling in 160 and 6M, but it was fun to jump in the fray with only 100 watts on 40M. You know – after not being very active transmit wise, for me, CW has been and always will be the main reason I still transmit at all. Its just too much fun – and “living history” to boot. Its a very unique skill to have in this highly digital everything age – and is an antidote to me sitting in front of a computer coding all day (although I love that too – actually). But its really nice to use a different part of the brain – and CW fits the bill.