Forty meters is finally in good shape. I have worked Bob K7QXY, Art NS7E and Sam K5HDX in a chain around 08Z. Bob was new to me. He has been in QRT for the past 37 years. A good hand key user. I have known the other two pretty well for some years. It was a fun to see them, either new or old to me. The band is very quiet. The signals are not very loud but still very steady here.
The high bands have been mostly dead since the beginning of this summer. It has been due to lowered solar activity as well as the geomagnetic storms coming on continuously. I feel 40 meters is getting more active. There are more CW operators getting on this band. It surely reminds me of the good old days. Some are staying up until that late while the others wake up very early in the morning in NA. I would go on calling CQ on around 7026KHz at our sunset. if my fist makes a bit more mistakes in sending, it is due to a glass of beer I take at this time in a day.
Honestly speaking, I am afraid this activity on both sides across the Pacific Ocean may be the last chance for us to enjoy such leisurely conversation on CW. The CW ragchewers are steadily decreasing in number. Actually, it has been quite difficult for me to find out anyone for such a ragchew. In spite of that gloomy expectation, I would, as the vulgar slang says, kick ass the band while the band is open. My friends, it would be a precious chance for us to enjoy this path for now. Come on the band if you get up early. And, in a month or two, it will start opening to europe through the long path as well. I would look for the friends there also.
When I finish the glass of beer and this miraculous opening on 40 meters, I would start cooking dinner.