Sunday, July 3, 2016 - The bands have been silent for most of the afternoon. I completed one brief QSO with K2G in Georgia (Thirteen Colonies Special Event), monitored some stations on 6M SSB and then things became eerily silent.
It seems I search the internet for clear and hopeful insight on HF band conditions. It's pointless, yet I'm curious to learn ... so I continue searching and reading. Still, I yearn for the conditions from three years ago -- I was able to make QSO's from the back yard using a long wire and operating QRP.
Lately, I've enjoyed the real time data from K7RA. He writes:
- There were eight days without sunspots
- Sunspots during Field Day Weekend - none
- Slight improvement is expected today
Here's the K7RA band stability data (as of the time of my writing):
Cook, P. P., III. (2016, June 24). LATEST K7RA HF Propagation Bulletin. Retrieved July 3, 2016, from http://www.bandconditions.com/NEWS.htm