After the first cup I then ran with a number of stations. At one point, there were 4-5 frequencies in us, and it almost looked like 20m! The WA1ZMS beacon was pounding in at S8 and I was even hearing the W3CCX beacon, which is a first for this location.
The point is, I was relying on the APRS map to tell me if the band was open and I just assumed it was working! I should have been sitting in front of the radio, regardless of what the map was telling me.
I managed to get in contact with the fine gentleman who managed the map and he was able to get it fixed immediately.
I continued to work a number of other stations over the course of a few hours. This is the final log:
W4CLJ FM18 394 miles
KD4AA FM17 441 miles
KG4HOT FM07 522 miles
K1DQV FM19 354 miles
K2DZM FN20 228 miles
N4HB FM17uu 400 miles
N3RG FM29ki 282 miles
KO4YC FM17fm 464 miles
Three new grids for me!
N3RG came on frequency and was very loud, here is a quick video of my QSO with him:
My only regret for today was that I'm still employed and my boss expects me to show up to work!