Just recently I’ve been dwelling on 30m rather than the usual 6. It’s generally quieter than 20 and I’ve made some really good contacts via FT8, surprising as the aerial is cut for 20 and 6. pskreporter shows I am getting out all over and I’ve had contacts as far as Kazakhstan and Oman, neither of which I ever managed on 20 or higher up the bands. Oman, in particular is right off the end of the dipole, although it does slope a bit at the ends as it is loft mounted. Not only that but I’ve received signals from much further than on 20. A lot could be down to them simply being swamped in the generally busy nature of the band but if it works it works.

I realise of course that I do need to get back to speech… but FT8 is just so convenient!