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.