My Brother and I had an "early morning breakfast" today, in a nearby town, which meant that I missed the "morning window" on 17 meters. I returned to the house around 10:30 and heard only static on the radio.
Fortunately, I found a station in France (F8DGY) this afternoon around 3 PM local time. The station in France was weak but continued to strengthen. In France, the time would have been around 9 PM. He was in a little town with a population of around 4,000 people and only 120 ft elevation. He had difficulty hearing me but able to shake hands. This station was on the 30 meter band.
Tomorrow morning I will be having breakfast with a CW radio friend. We meet once a month and talk about our contacts, keys, antennas etc. I enjoy it very much and always look forward to it.
I ordered new cards a few days ago which arrived with the mail today. I continue to return cards I've been sent with a SASE; although I'd much prefer to use the "electronic" E-QSL service.
I'm a stickler for a stamped return envelope.