Yup. It has ALWAYS been a problem. It was worse in times when the solar flux was very high and the conditions were more worldwide than they are now and there was the woodpecker as well to deal with. I spent a lot of time DXing in those days as did many. You either learned to deal with it and worked the DX(peditions) eventually through it all anyway or you kicked yourself to the curb crying about it and became a ragchewer, hang around the nets, or take up another hobby perhaps. Double up your resolve, never say die, work through the pain, and be a DXer.