I stumbled across the following web site and it reminded me just how much has changed in our wonderful hobby.
Those pioneers of old must have been seriously committed, note the size of the equipment and the antennas used. Today the equipment we use is miniscule by comparison and most likely more sensitive with much lower noise figures to boot.
We also have excellent weak signal tools such as the WSJT suite of programs to assist us further. Working on VHF today is a walk in the park compared to the early days.
I salute the pioneers of the past.
73, Pierre ZS6A