20m this afternoon was a mess with the WAE contest, true. I managed to work some DX this weekend with 10W portable, and we had fantastic weather for being out in the field in England. I doubt it will be this good in three weeks. But I think the 8-hour window for POC will produce very different strategies from different contestants, and it will thin out the bands a bit. The obvious extremes are trying to pile up short-range contacts versus seeking out fewer but longer-distance ones. Optimum times and bands for those two strategies are likely to be different.