What a difference a day makes!!
all weekend the 20m band was full of American stations eager to work anyone outside the states.
well, to be fair, conditions were pretty flat, but I did clearly hear 2 Californian stations in QSO with Europeans, but nothing for me.
then I heard someone ending with a very weak station, who's call I didn't catch. I called him anyway and he answered to hear a GI4 /P station. VERY low in the QRN so I couldn't really chat and find out where he was portable, but at least it was a contact.
two stations were ICE stations as this is apparently Antarctica awareness week......
the first on this list was actually last nigh after I'd updated the log.