The Bad and the Ugly is that the EB63 has issues that are going to take time to resolve so my initial plans for it are on hold. Wrong parts, missing parts and a reconfigured circuit board (with no updated documentation/diagrams) are going to take phone calls to CCI and time to resolve.
The missing/wrong parts are not simply resistors that I could easily replace but rather a special diode designed to be mounted in the heatsink, a new sealed relay with a different pin-out. This is all in addition to the wrong value caps and resistors – that may now be the right value due to circuit changes…I have no way of knowing.
I think all the Big Gun lowband DXers were on 160m last night in the contest, leaving 40 and 80 meter DX easy pickin’s for those of us with invisible dipoles.
According to the propagation prediction gadget on their website, I (and all the other W’s) should not have been able to work them, but in fact, although they were very weak on 80m, they were quite strong on 40 meters.