At 3 PM in our local, almost 2 hours before sunset, I could hear both Eu and NA at the same time. Eu were pretty weak as if they were veiled with a thin textile curtain. The band was still very quiet. This path over the north pole might be closed very soon. It ushers the arrival of spring in the northern hemisphere.
I was smiling at myself to have found I had felt changing seasons with the condition on the air. The band conditions are inclined to change prior to the arrival of certain season. It may have geophysical reasons. Among ham operators, it could be a theme for Haiku expressing certain season.
The contesters are very active on every band so far as I hear. I only hope some of them will stay active after the contest is over. In the recent FOC mailing list, Gary ZL2IFB told, regarding an obituary for Vic N4XR, he would enjoy not 599 TU type but meaningful QSOs after Vic. I am glad to know there was another "Tell me your story" person over there. The problem is not how to convert someone's religion but how to attract someone to our way of "Tell me your story" type QSO.
The lower bands will stay inactive for such activity until next fall. The higher bands may be even more hot now. I would go on enjoying radio with this motto "Tell me your story".