According to NASA, our present solar cycle, #24, will peak in the next few months. This peak is accompanied by a reversal of the sun’s magnetic field. Although this hasn’t been an outstanding solar cycle it is still way better then the minimums! We have a few years of decent propagation ahead of us yet, so don’t despair!
Now is a good time to plan those 160, 80 and 40 meter arrays you’ve been dreaming of building. Those are the bands to be on when the minimum approaches.
Here’s a very informative video from NASA explaining the sun’s magnetic field (and a lot of other stuff too)!
See you on the bands!