I have been managing to mainly monitor 10m early in the mornings for half an hour or so, as in the distant past I remember working JA’s on an apparently empty band – no such luck though – I think conditions have been poor of late and the solar flux had seemed to go into reverse !
This morning, as a couple of days ago I listened across the 10m Beacons including those on 28.200 and heard the following from this Qth
SV2AHT - I0KNQ - IZ0KBA - 4X6TU - GB3RAL all between 07:00 – 08:00 UTC
But the CW end of the bands remained quiet – I have been sitting here working on the computer with 10m in the background for over an hour now and still nothing so I decided to put out a call in the hope of raising someone – still nothing yet the band was obviously open, you could clearly hear the background noise – I checked the beacons again. still there !
Obviously a very large proportion of the Amateur fraternity choose to ignore the vast open spaces of 10m on the basis that if there’s no band activity present – then it’s closed.
Not so - LISTEN.