It's nice to see so much CW activity as stations around this blue marble make preparations and test their gear prior to this weekend's CQWW-CW contest.
The low bands have been especially active - more so than even 20 meters, and I'm getting the feeling that most points during CQWW will be made during hours of darkness. That's bad news for me as I am not a night owl.
Propagation is rewarding those on 40 and 80 meters with low QRN levels and strong signals. H40TT was a new band-country for me, number 205 on 80m, courtesy of N7QT at the key.
The biggest effect of all this activity is that FT8 seems increasingly superficial. I found it quite rewarding to work H40TT and others on CW this week; I've never felt the same way about any FT8 contact.
FT8 is junk food; CW is a good square meal.