Very little SSB activity on 20M?

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Is it my imagination or has 20m SSB significantly decreased in popularity?  I know we are near the sunspot minimum, but gee there sure doesn't seem to be much activity on SSB.  Is EVERYONE on FT8?
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Roger, W6VZV

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John - AI4FR

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I'm in the nose bleed section(2860) on 6m right now calling CQ with stations above me past 3kHz. Maybe a picture is worth a 1000 words so I hope the one below is appropriate.
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Jim Jerzycke

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Thanks for the smile, John!
I remember her older sister, PSK31, very well. And their Mom, Packet, too!
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Roger, W6VZV

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Went out a lot with PSK31.  Dating FT8 too.  But still like older women better, SSB, CW.  Heck, even Pactor was fun.  I like conversation and all that, I guess.  Fun to rack up the DX on FT8 though.  With band conditions and the solar cycle the way they are, I suppose it's inevitable that FT8 is going to dominate.
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Yeah Roger, Know what you mean. Here in California saw one qso on 20 around noon today. Running my new 6400 into a beam antenna and begging for someone to chat with. Oh well hope the next cycle is better.
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Only exchanging call signs and signal reports seems pretty darn boring to me, but I guess that's all some hams prefer to do now.  Go figure.
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Roger, W6VZV

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The keyboard digital modes were and always will be my favorites, followed very closely by SSB and CW.  I've been getting back into CW with my new Flex, and what a great CW rig it is!!
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20 m s s b is active in late afternoon and evening at My QTH in Michigan. Unusual, but once it's sundown in Europe signals start coming through and then by about 11pm, midnight the South Pacific opens.

There were a lot of Southeast and Southwest USA stations and a few South Americans coming through around 1 p.m. Michigan time yesterday. Saturday afternoon , Alaska was 59.
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I would say that due to the low sunspots combined with the ability for FT8/CW to get thru.  Also for me SSB is frustrating to work DX on due to the number of idiots who dont understand QSX, dont listen and then the QSO police who then shout UP UP UP over and over QRMing the DX even more.