Sunspots vanishing, again: For the second time this month, the solar disk is blank--no sunspots. What does this mean? The solar cycle is like a pendulum, swinging back and forth between periods of high and low sunspot number every 11 years. Today's blank sun is a sign that the pendulum is swinging toward low sunspot numbers. In other words, Solar Minimum is coming. (http://www.spaceweather.com/)
No need to worry. It’s worthwhile to see what we can do with a solar minimum. Europe is always possible. In summer time we can try Es qso’s on 10 meter band, especially now and for the coming years. Don’t left this band without trying. Tonight I made a few qso’s on 40 meter with PSK31. I use 25 watts standard when I work PSK31. With CW, JT65 or JT9 I use 5 watts. Tonight I worked UT8IAR, SP3MIP and HA1DSL.