Those of us thinking the end of solar cycle 24 had come rather quickly weren't wrong. Check out the chart and text here, which confirms that the old cycle is virtually done: http://spaceweather.com/. We can only hope this means the next cycle will begin sooner, but maybe not. Regardless, with the dismal SFI we have, there still has been interesting DX lately (some to difficult areas for this QTH). In the last 30 hours, VU, 4X, 3W, BA, JT, HC, CE, and a couple dozen European stations have been available on 20 CW. Most are below S5, but not a problem to a diligent ear. GL & good DX.