Idle Thoughts Of An Idle Mind

Just curious how many hams before they turn on the radio consult one of the data prediction charts and base their operating on what bands the charts say are open?  I also wonder how many try a closed band just to see if it’s open or not?  In my case to switch bands I have to resize the counterpoise and adjust the coil setting so it’s not the 1-2-3 bingo I’m done routine.  But, it’s amazing how many times the charts say a band is closed or poor and you try it out to fine there are a load of contacts to be scooped up.

All I’m really saying is don’t give up on a band because the charts give it a poor rating for that day, hour or minute. Just go for it and see what new horizons it opens for you.