RBN tells my signal reaches the West Coast with decent strength. However, no reply to CQ for many times. I have noticed this lowered activity there for years, as I repeatedly mentioned here.
There must be less number of hams operating HF CW even in the US. Recalling those who used to be active on 40m around our sunset hours, I must admit most of them have already gone silent key. In addition, or probably more likelily, 40m around this time may not attract CW operators in the US so much. Because there are much less activity in VK/ZL, who used to operate in old fashioned style one decade or two ago. There were many couples on 40m between W and VK/ZL those days. In '60s, K6NB kept a regular schedule with VK2NS. K5BGB used to work with VK4BQL on regular basis. There are a number of such examples so far as I know. On 40m, the West Coasts have only the path to Oceania as well as East Asia at this time in a day. Lowered activity in VK/ZL must necessarily made the Ws lose interests in 40m at this time in a day, I am afraid.
On the other hand, 20m might open to the other parts of the world in the West Coast at the same time in a day. It may be more fascinating to those who enjoy conversational QSOs. Actually, I often have more replies from the West Coast on 20m at the same time than on 40m. Or 30m might take over the role of 40m for them.
Anyway, even though 40m opens so nicely at our sunset, there are very few who would enjoy conversation on CW. It not only saddens me, since 40m CW has been my 1st love in ham radio, but also is a too bad loss in ham radio. Any good idea to activate 40m around this time in a day?