(picture by Nikolay Angelou via Wikipedia)
The 20 meter band is still strong today as I tuned around the blistering ARRL DX Contest. My prize catch this morning was LZ2SO in Bulgaria. That's 5,169 miles and qualifies for another 1000 MPW award.
But I just can't take the wear and tear on the ears.
I admit it's too much for me.....
I was happy to again work G0LZL in Manchester England, and a station in France (F6NTV). I've done my best and heard stations in Sweden, Finland and many other European countries. I've worked (but can't find the info) several others. The Solar Flux has dropped a bit but the bands still hot. This gives me a taste of real DX conditions. Realistically, I don't have the rig or antenna to compete at this level. But it's been exciting to make a few great contacts.