When using a LNA and a 3 m yagi with the IC-9700 the difference will be not more than 10 dB, resulting in 20 dB stronger signals. ... ODX, as last year, was HG7F in JN97KR over 817 km on both bands. Having an easy exchange on 1296 MHz, it took us nearly 20 minutes of hard work to puzzle a QSO on 13 cm as well. I remeber, last year it was vice. But during the contest all beacons disappeared and conditions on all bands were from poor to moderate. Žilvinas LY2SS, 1296 MHz and 144/432 MHz FM position. We have used two transceivers FT-857D on 144 and 432 MHz and one FT-817 plus VK5EME transverter for 1296 MHz. All antennas were long Yagi, except 145/433 MHz vertical polarization short.