This week, I received another couple of those cards I was waiting for, for long forgotten contacts:
And today, in spite of my misgivings about being able to work the T30PY expedition to West Kiribati, all of a sudden today, the unheard of happened: crossing over 14.195 I heard what sounded like a french station working them on simplex. They completed the contact, I called, in spite of hearing them at not more than a whisper, and got a 55 right back! Right after that, I heard Julen EB2AM (owner of the EE2W contest station) work them too. The way things are with the propagation, I think I can count myself very lucky.