In this season, an hour or two before sunset, 40m sounds quiet without the static noise or the messy SSB from SE Asia. I know it is still open to NA or Pacific area. In fall, it could open to all over the world at the same time. Pointing beam to NE, I start calling CQ. No caller. I repeat it two or three times. The band is still quiet. Listening for any weak callers for a while, I quit there.
This 40m is special to me in a couple of senses. One is that, as I have repeatedly told in this blog, this band at this time in a day has been my first love in radio since I started it in '60s. There have been a lot of fascinating people and QSOs with them. The other is that the condition is always coming upward to the peak around the sunset. The band is heading to miraculous opening to various parts of the world at the same time. It is the band of youth, isn't it? Even with a small 6AQ5 single TX with a dipole fed with a ladder line, I could work DX far away in '60s. I could join CW ragchewers around the Pacific Ocean from time to time. Yes, I have written of this same memory so many times. That is why I come back to 40m at this time in a day.
Unfortunately, there are very few getting on the air around this time. It may mean how CW communication has come along and where it is heading to. I won't care for that. Calling CQ as told above, I go off the radio. It is an homage for the fond memory of this band in my young days.