I had two good 40-meter CW contacts tonight, Oct 21 (Oct 22 UTC), 2018.
Bob, W5UX, in Darien, GA. Signals were fading badly. We managed to exchange signal reports, QTH, and names, then, signals faded.
Ken, K5WK, in Hattiesburg, MS. Signals were solid with this contact. We chatted for about 15 minutes.
I was using my Yaesu FT-857, running 80 watts into my new end-fed antenna.