There is no doubt in my mind that FT8 has been phenomenal.
Every day this new digital mode seems to attract more and more people. It works with the briefest of openings and the software needed is free. It takes up about 60Hz only and works with weak signals. On a recent (rare for me) visit to 20m, DX from all over the world was spotted.
Even on 2m VHF, most days I spot signals from all over western Europe under flat conditions even with my omni antenna.
What will the Es season bring on 6m this year with this mode?