I want to get your opinions on this scenario. Last evening, I happened across VU7RI on 40M CW absolutely BOOMING into my East Coast QTH, easy S9. I got pretty excited and tried to work him for a while, but quickly became confounded because of a few things: 1. Station was operating CW Simplex, which made it impossible for them to work more than maybe 1 OP per minute at best. It was an absolute zoo. Various frequency cops were sending their usual UP UP but the OP didn't go split until very late in the game. 2. The propagation has been absolute GARBAGE in the last weeks on 40M for me. Hearing VU7RI loud as he was, when I could barely hear DLs, seemed very strange.\ 3. Several DX-chasers were sending "PIRATE PIRATE" over the simplex frequency. I am curious to know what you think; I know this is a real DXpedition, but I somehow wonder if something funny was going on last night. I in no way intend to demean or criticise the legitimate DX operators, by the way. This just seemed strange to me.