OH BOY ..A bunch of old men sitting around in tube socks talking about the latest arthritis medicine they're trying or what their blood pressure was this morning. IF you hear anyone talking at all.
True to some extent except when Hams are helping with weather outbreaks, parades, marathon, etc. HF is where it gets interesting - it’s pretty cool to make contact with people in Europe, Baltic states, Australia, Africa, etc. The OMISS nets are pretty cool for working all the states and there is usually a contest or special event station going on every week. I’ve made contact with all the above using a G5RV jr antenna strung in my attic. As others have said, conditions should start improving as the new solar cycle ramps up.