There are PLENTY of stations coming through from all over the world. In this contest the waterfall is a godsend. It makes click tuning dead easy and every blip on the screen represents someone looking for a contact.
20 is just as lively:
Even though I'm surrounded by lightning the 6300 with APF and its filters makes copy no problem.
I live right under that yellow band on the east central coast of Florida. No direct lightning at my QTH but I can see the band noise jumping. I like this contest because you can leisurely cruise up and down the band looking for new ones or just work a bunch of old ones while you are at it. I worked Oman and Saudi with no pileup. Can't beat that! Get on and work you some Asia