If you can't hear them, you can't work them ! I worked 45 "zone 3" stations during the contest, despite the reported "bad conditions". Here are a few of them. A few QSO's are pretty much like EME ! A special mention to our friend Dick W7ZR from Arizona, met last march in Casablanca.
CN8PA, W7EJ, W7ZR in CN2R station, last march after the WPX-SSB
A selection of AS and OC QSO's. Here also a few ones are very close from EME qso's (when they were done random on CW !). You may note the difference between the NNE beverage and the ENE one on the QSO with VK6HD (i switched to the right beverage only at the end of the QSO, when Mike was sending his zone). There is only 30 to 35 degrees AZ between the 2, but it makes quite a difference !