Roger G3XBM said “I am more convinced than ever that the peak of cycle 24 has already passed and we are now on the downwards slope.” I don’t think so. It's too early for such a gloomy point of view. When you look at the info about the sunspot cycle than I think the best is yet to come. An active sun can give good propagations but also sometimes geomagnetic disturbances what gives poor conditions or radio black outs on HF. But if Roger is right, then we should pay more attention for the lower bands such as 160 meter, or 80 meter.