VHF Sporadic E contacts:-
May 2011 33
May 2012 40
May 2013 37
May 2014 17
May 2015 (to date) 5
I am going to have a busy 5 days if I am to catch up the average. There has been zero for almost a week. I can see stations 500km South of me working further South, but from here it has been very bad. Normally, taking 4m, 6m and cross band contacts together, I have found an opening every third day. So far it has been one every 8.6 days.
Dire. The Solar Flux is down to 99. I waited over 20 hours between one WSPR spot and another, which is a record for me at this time of year. Not only is Sporadic E not getting this far North, but F layer dx has vanished for now.
We live and learn. I have no entitlement to good conditions, and I only learn when they vary. I actually like ups and downs. Mind you, it would be nice to have a bit of action soon.
Not worth spending £6000 on a fancy rig - if the bands are asleep it does not matter much.