Last night, I popped down to the shack about 9:30 pm (0230Z ). I didn’t think there would be much activity on 30m, but I thought I’d check anyway. Well, the first station I heard was an OE3 station operating portable from Jamaica, and he was booming in. I worked him easily.
Then, I tuned around a bit, and hearing nothing decided to call CQ. After several calls with no replies, I checked Reverse Beacon to see if any of them were hearing me. The only hit I got was from PJ2T on Bonaire in the Caribbean. I thought that was kind of weird.
Tuning around again, I heard YV5OIE/QRP on 10.110 MHz calling CQ. I worked him with no problem. Tuning around some more, I ran across CE1/K7YA calling CQ. He was really booming in, too. Unfortunately, he either never heard me, or decided he didn’t want to work me. He was working a bunch of Europeans, though.
At any rate, I’d never encountered such strange conditions. I never heard any of the Europeans, so at my location, it seemed that the band was only open to the south. Very strange.
There is somewhat of a movement among some of the hams on the social media networks, such as Google+ and Twitter, to be more active on the HF bands. The hashtag they’re using is #occupyhamshack. Check it out.