thanX for the ideas PE.
I did understand that potassium iodide would raise contrast and that is why I omitted it as a final addition. That and my interest in chloride emulsions.
The speed is pretty fast, my exposures with a 40 watt bulb, 32 in. from the print frame are 16 sec. Could almost be an enlarging paper.
Right now I am using an .008 gap on the blade; earlier attempts using .005 and .006 gave me very uneven coatings. Of course, you learn and modify your methods as you go to get results you want. So I am still in the very early stages of sorting out the basic techniques.