There's nothing wrong with the bands, it's all Fake News by the manufacturers to sell amplifiers and yagis... Welcome back! I myself was QRT for many years and am having as much fun now, probably more, than I did in 1973 as a Johnny Novice. The equipment is better, far less expensive and with resources like QRZ.com, I'm far more aware of what's happening in terms of modes and DX than ever. It's a great time to be a ham, there's always someone on the air or a way to operate.