Well lets see.....When I got my license (Tech) in 2003, Techs had no HF privileges. You had to get your General for that. At the same time, there were many well intentioned hams giving me advice to get my General and that advice was very welcome. After all, we learn from those who come before us. So, on to the General ticket. In the meantime, Techs were given 10M privileges. The same well meaning Hams start talking about the last solar cycle and how incredible 10M is. Hell ya it's fascinating! I do not blame any Tech for being excited about 10M. When the band opens up again allot of fun is going to be had. That is the excitement of Ham radio, learning and doing new things.......and if you no longer feel that, then you have stagnated. Try something new. Ham radio is not about the NETS on HF and complaints about your wobbly knees and the weather. It is about meeting new folks, trying new things and LEARNING new stuff! I am no longer a Tech, and I think 10M is fascinating. I can't wait. I plan on getting my WAP (Worked all planets) on 10M. BRING ON THE SUN SPOTS!!!!! Jump in, the waters fine and have some fun!!!