During a big contest weekend ( I hate them ), have you ever gone SSB portable ( out in the great wide open ), and tried to find a clear slice of spectrum? ( sticking to just the General spectrum to increase your potential audience ). And then if you found something, have you tried to hold it against the swarm of higher power stations? Of course, opening HF phone to Techs would undoubtedly increase the audience. Everything is relative, but yes there are times the bands are jammed. Get out of the warm cozy ham shack, and get back to me when you have experienced my favorite world.