It is important to realize that 30 meters is typically open to somewhere most of the time and that activity levels will not tell you much in terms of band conditions. Activity, particularly digital activity, peaks late in the day because 20 meters is closing down on the east coast and in the midwest and 30 meters then becomes a prime candidate for a few hours of propagation into Europe.
The "activity" problem is compounded by the fact that everybody is listening - not transmitting! Don't be afraid to call CQ even if you don't hear other stations. If you can here "atmospherics", the band is probably open to somewhere. I have worked Australia, New Zealand, and Antarctica on 30 CW and in each case, my CQ was answered on a "dead" band!
--- In 30MDG@yahoogroups.com, "Alan G" <n2slb@...> wrote:
> Or is it my antenna. Was doing well but nothing much during the last few days. Bob