I got on at around 7:40 and called cq just to test the waters.
I got a quick reply from a station in TN.
The main difference i noticed was lower a lower qrn level at this time?
My results at 8:30 was Chas W2SH and he was very weak.
I'm off duty next week as NCS due to my other monthly commitment, but
I am thinking if trying the next at 7:30 local or 1:30 z in two weeks.
72 Johnny AC0BQ