I haven't been at this hobby very long. Do dxpeditions coincide with the solar cycle? In other words, do we see a significant decrease in number of dxpeditions at the bottom of the solar cycle? I sure hope that's not the case.
The number of hams are correlated with the solar cycle. I read that in a 2007 ARRL annual report I was looking through the other night. Yes, there are more expeditions at the top than the bottom.
I made very few QSOs after 2002 - not totally due to the solar cycle heading down - but what motivated me to get back on the air in 2010 was an expectation conditions were about to get better - and they did, although not to the extent I was hoping for.
Gene, AF3Y, could very well be correct that the best days of the cycle are over. Even though solar conditions are expected to peak in 2013, the mainstream predictions are not calling for much better conditions than we had in the fall of last year.
Some will say there is always DX no matter what part of the solar cycle, but when 10, 12, 15, and 17 meters are all closed and 20 is basically only open during the day it gets very dull at a solar bottom.
You were smart to put up that 40 meter beam but during the doldrums the MUF will even drop below 40 at times.
Do you have room for an 80 meter beam?