As others said, any band that's open is a good one!
But as a mostly-lurking listener, I tend to prefer 40M since I can most often hear both/all sides of a conversation there. Seem to find more casual ragchews there as well.
I'm less fond of 20M, people seem to be more aggressive and so much of it is the boring contest-style 5-second contact. But I've heard good stuff there too, it isn't all bad.
My favorite "tinkering" bands are 222MHz up to 1.2GHz, haven't tried anything higher but would like to.
Last year, my favorite was 12 meters, with a bit of 30. This year, so far, it's been 15, though 12 has been great at times. 12 is more 'open' than 10 even when 10 is open, it seems.
At the bottom of the sunspot cycle, 40 was really my favorite. I also like 30 a lot.
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If I could only pick one band it would be 40 meters.
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10m has to top it for me ....it's a very rare day when you can't work someone on 10 even if it is only the Canary Islands (audible at some point almost every day here on the S coast of Devon regardless of the condx)
Rather than just my favorite, here's my summary from the last few weeks. Bands and the people using them change with time of day, propogation and season of course. This is my take anyway.
160- Some. A bit of regional ragchews for me. Generally pleasant QSO's but I've seen a trend toward 75 meter type stuff. I, like others, wish I had a better antenna, but hey, I have something at least.
80- I dont have much use for this band. I'm not that crass, racist or that drunk. Mornings are OK, evenings rarely. DX in the wee hours. AM window is fun though.
60- I've made a contact or 2. Thats all I can say.
40- Nice daytime band. Love the DX earlier evening, crass overflow from 75 later. Again, like 75, DX early eve or wee hours. Wedge some AM between the broadcast stations sometimes. Thank you autonotch.
30- Fun, friendly and regimented.
20- My favorite. Plenty of DX, lots of hams that talk about ham radio instead of the haters on 75. Too many gallstone nets. Wish the 75 meter haters and general ragchewers would stay out of the DX segment. Why? The whole top of the band is vacant.
17- Very polite ragchew band with good DX. Its too narrow.
15- Why is this band so quiet? Now wait, it's too crowded, don't even bother.
12- See 15, or don't.
10- Something for everyone here and plenty of elbow room. Let's go sun!
6- Local AM, helped a few grid chasers.
2- Local FM simplex. I can hit 40-50 repeaters from home, yet rarely use them. No antenna for DX
70cm- I tried it once...
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I like all the hf bands,my favorite being 40. Also 30,17,15,12,10,80cw. Someday I`d like to try the uhf bands.
My favorite is probably 30 meters. I find it to be a real band of surprises.
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However, that said, I'll take 6 Meters with a good band opening over all the HF bands combined. With the recent return of sunspots, 10 and 15 Meters are my favourites.
For voice, 17 meters is terrific: no nets, no contests. Otherwise, 30 is just about the best frequency there is. Not a night goes by I don't hear some DX on 30: CW heaven.
Ok, I think I'd concur that if I had only one band to choose from it would be 40m, for the reasons stated above. It's a bit like daytime TV during the daytime though...
I will work any band that gets me the new DX, but probably my favourites are 30m, 17m and 12m. 10m is too noisy when open, with all the intruders, and too quiet when it is not open!
160m is a real challenge, with most of the DX activity amongst the summer storm static here.
80m above 3535 kHz is of little interest, apart from club nets.
On weekends, the "WARC 79" bands are great, to work DX and have a proper chat away from the contesting frenzy on the other bands.
15m has been the most consistent band recently, with the higher end of the HF spectrum going a bit flat here.
6m is of little interest to me, as there has been only very sporadic DX on that here for years. A 2000 mile Es contact doesn't get me out of the same DXCC entity. Above 6m, well, I'm in a valley, so not many to talk with!