Just wondering, since the last two days I can hardly hear ANY stations except SA...whereas last week, I was getting QSO's with Indonesia and Spratley, Sri Lanka and others. Are more northern latitudes affected by Auroras
Absoutely, yes. The higher you go the greater the polar absorption. That is why all the asian stuff is so hard for us here on the east coast. The closer to the pole the path passes through, the rougher it is. The more disturbed the ionosphere becomes due to solar activity, the worse the polar paths become. By polar paths, I refer to anything from about 330 to 040 degrees on the short path.
Finally, what is going to happen when we are at the lowest of the solar cycle? Will I hear no stations any more? Haven't been around on the air long enough to know. Is there DX then?
It will be significantly tougher. 10 and 12 will be deader than they are now...as in nothing at all. 15 will be a crapshoot, with more bad days than good. 17 and 20 will be the moneybands during the day; 40 at night. 80 and 160 will be as good as they are now, if not better with less noise/disturbance.