... or is there just an element of it that is truly mysterious? I was thinking about this today because it has been a relatively good day for DX even though SFI is rock bottom at 66, much the same as it has been (give or take a point or two) for the past few months. I am on the air regularly and most days over the past few months have been dismal from a DX perspective. But today, in the space of about an hour I had 11 DX CW contacts -- in France, Germany, Russia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary and Tokelau Islands, from my station in east-central Canada. My station is modest - 200 watts to a hexbeam up 14 meters. So what is going on? Why, on a day when the numbers say that radio should be as lousy as usual, have things been significantly better?