Nevertheless, I thought it was all my antenna but I did work a KL7 yesterday, much to my surprise. Do not know if it is worth it right now. There is definitely less activity on the bands in general and that's due in part to the cycle. I am taking down my tribander and replacing it with a dual band yagi, 3 el 20 and 2 el Try some different modes on HF. These are just some observations from my perspective. No reason to sit around complaining about nature or the sun not giving you a good QSO.
Occasional I work someone on 15 meters but not often and sometimes in 17 meters with my 15 meter yagi, using the incredible built in antenna tuner in my Yaesu FT It is installed in an inverted L configuration. The Report and Order also allows the use of modes that comply with emission designator 2K80J2D, which includes any digital mode with a bandwidth of 2. Yeah, condx not the best lately but I did work Antarctica on 40 meters so all is not lost. Radio amateurs use a variety of transmission modes, including Morse code , radioteletype , data, and voice.
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The ionosphere exists in the upper reaches of the atmosphere extending to altitudes of km or more. So it's not just a simple case of one wave going up down, up down. Forget about the D layer and the F layer and all that stuff for the moment. The monthly, cyclic and seasonal changes throughout any sunspot cycle are different because the sunspot and solar activity is either decreasing or increasing. We fire a signal up to the ionosphere and it's reflected back to Earth.
Radio propagation conditions can also be estimated between any two points on the Earth. Now, it seems, conditions are not great, but not as bad as I thought. I am only on the air during contests. I'm dedicating to CW and have over contacts since the first of the year. Don't look at bad band conditions as a problem look at it as a challenge. You need not be a speed demon either, 13 to 15 WPM is fine. Maybe we just need to listen more often.