Well that was downright brutal! (But still fun.)
I think I heard every lightning crash in the U.S from 7:30 to 8 p.m.
The persistence award goes to Ken WA8REI.
He repeated his call enough for me to get it - one letter at a time.
Here's the full list:
WA9PWP Paul Stoughton, WI
N5AF Sam Cleveland, TX
NK8O Chas Louisburg, KS
N2QFD Mal Elmira, NY
AC0BQ Johnny Lebo, KS
WA8REI Ken Freeland, MI
KV6Z Bill Claremore, OK (NCS)
There may have been another one (or maybe it was just my ears ringing from the static).
I'm sorry if I missed someone. Let me know if I made any errors.