Scot, KA3DRR, had a great post on his blog today, VP6DX--The Greatest DXpedition Ever. I suppose the reason that I want to second his kudos are because I really feel that these guys are going above and beyond in order to dig out us little guys. By 'little guys', I'm talking about all of us running 100 watts or less, often to antennas that could be considered marginal. I listen to the pile-ups that often build when I'm able to hear them (which is almost all the time, by the way) and even though I'm hearing the signals from a totally different perspective, I KNOW that my signal is buried deep down in the muck by the time it reaches them. Yet, aside from 40 meters, which has eluded me, they've heard me every time I'm pursued them.
I'm not saying that I got through on the first call (or the second, or the third, or...). It often took a good sitting before I did sneak in. I'd like to say that a small portion of that is due to some fine equipment they toted with them (boy, I sure do love that K3). But I think the overwhelming reason that they heard me is because of some top-notch operators that were willing to dig down into the noise and work those faint signals.