OK... Well it's not a bad thing to generate activity on the ham bands whether it is the WARC bands or the "regular" bands. Despite protests to the contrary, an event like the 13 colonies is not a contest, point gathering or WAS activity. It was simply an activity that was supposed to generate activity on the bands and to give the goal oriented folks something to shoot for. I am sometimes not a huge fan of this stuff, but I'm not going to disparage anyone's desire to do it. Conditions being what they are, most any activity is better than none. The WARC bands can stand a bit of action too, even if it does fill the band(s). My opinion only of course. During this particular event, I had some time off, so I was listening to some of the action during times that I was in the shack. Only worked a couple of them but what the heck, most of the other folks seemed to be having fun, and isn't that the point?