Pre-Covid I frequently traveled to Toronto (Etobicoke or Mississauga) for about 10 days at a time and done so for about 20 years to escape the Phoenix summer heat. Also, enjoy Victoria BC (Saanich) and Montreal. Since I can't be there physically without 14-day quarantine (just got 2nd shot) I enjoy trying to talk to these cities by radio! I plan to participate in the upcoming mid-April Ontario QSO party. Question1: I use remotes as described in my bio on qrz.com. I am torn between using remotes either near Seattle on Camano Island, or Northern New York - Schoharie County (Assume this better than from the coast of Maine). Both have huge antennas and full power on all bands. I only use SSB. From some night listening NY seems to have a higher noise level than Seattle, even though it's in a remote area at 2100' ASL with over 100' towers. I will keep monitoring Seattle might be best for long haul 20m (or 15/10 if open) and NY better for short/medium-haul 75/40/160. In the contest rules remotes are allowed. However, I have talked (by email) to the contest folks and agree with them even though it is not in the rules, kind of ethics say only use one remote location, so I will. If you had this choice, would you use the Seattle or New York remote? Question 2: Why during contests do so many Canadians (and others in global contests) stay down below 3.800, 7.175, or 14.225 where we mere U.S. Generals can not work? Is it a prestige thing or just normal since probably less crowded down there other than during contests? In the WPX SSB contest where I would think moving up to our mere General allocations could result in more contacts. However, lots of serious contest stations globally were not workable by us US Generals. For the Ontario QSO party, they do have a FAQ to listen up into our General band but the suggested frequencies for QRP, etc are unreachable by us. Yes, I want to get the extra but since I have been off the air for 40 years, my knowledge is from back in the tube days of the 1960s and 75% of what I am studying is brand new to me I note the upcoming "Sprint" contest is interesting where a station can not hog a frequency but everyone has to keep moving around. So point and bounce (which I normally do) is often the preferred method. For the Ontario QSO party, may try calling CQ at the lower end of General bands as well as hunt and pounce.