Hi everyone, I've been working a lot of CW lately. I've been trying to get away from my old method of using the S-meter for RST reports, as I've read this is not best practice. I've also started running my RF gain dialed down which makes the S-meter useless. As 20 meters has been open the past week, I've been running my 80 mtr loop on 20 meters with my tuner. It tunes up just fine. I worked a handful of DX in Europe and South America and for the most part have been getting reciprocal signal reports unless the other end is QRP, running indoor/apartment antennas, etc. Tonight I worked a station who I estimated about a 569. He had a good signal, but compared to the 7/8 land stations I'm used to hearing boom in on 40 meters, he was lower. He gave me a 599 report. He stepped an amplifier on and off, explained that he has a yagi antenna setup, and said the issue must be my end and I needed to get a better antenna to run 20 meters. The QSO then ended. My question is, is there a possibility of me being an 'alligator' station (all mouth no ears) running a non-resonant loop at 100W? Or, is it possible that propagation is stronger one way versus the other on a band like 20M at the gray line near sunset? It was dark here, and still light where the other station was. I've played with the online SDRs and it seems to me like I have good reception on 20 meters with the 80 meter loop. Thoughts? Thanks.