Thanks for the info. I remember back in 2000 when the skip was just incredible.ka3jjz said:Oh brother is that ever an overstatement. Skip happens all the time, whether we're in the high point, or as we are now, in a low ebb of the solar cycle. Propagation right now on the higher bands will not be so good for awhile, that's true, but even there, during disturbances due to the solar wind or the occasional sunspot, there may be openings where DX may be had. There are occasional openings on 10 and 6 during the North American spring due to E skip. Low band conditions (say around 40, 60 and 80 meters) should be pretty good until we get into the summer, when thunderstorm noise will be a problem.
The study of HF propagation is quite involved, but understanding even the basics is going to help you understand why and how you can hear that flea powered Latin American on 60 meters, or that Indonesian on 90m. It's an important concept to understand if you want to be successful in the HF game