Well, it's about 2 pm Eastern time on Saturday and I've been giving a half-hearted effort to the CQ WPX CW contest this weekend. At this point I have 131 QSO's, for a total of 49,320 points.
It's odd. I was really pumped up and looking forward to this contest and it seemed to start with a bang. I began on 20 meters and then switched to 40 yesterday evening. But somewhere about 10 pm last night the bottom fell out. I don't know if propagation went in the toilet or what, but I had quite a bit of difficulty getting out - being heard, in other words. And it didn't seem to have any rhyme or reason. I seemed to have a pretty good opening to Europe, but the west coast of the US and Canada were tough. And when I did get through, I had to repeat my number over and over.
Likewise, getting into South America, something that is usually not very difficult for me, proved to be almost impossible. It was so bad that I found myself checking connections and making sure that my antenna was still standing in the backyard.
This morning and early afternoon hasn't been much better. I've done some work on 15 meters, and mostly hung out on 20. I think I'll go mow the yard and see if things improve later this afternoon. I sure hope so.