The Solar Cycle is spiraling down and 2 persistent Coronal Holes won't ease up.
Take that, and the Winter Solstice and you get no F2 and limited Es on 10-Meters.
So goes life. No reason to give up. Expect a Winter Es opening now and then into February.
The Spring and Summer should be fun if the Coronal Holes ease up.
Never give up.
A lack of Sun during the solstice, plus lots of geomagnetic activity results in a thin map. The Quadrantids Meteor Shower help a little bit. These was the barest map I have seen in over 10 years.
Hang in there.
73 Art KA5DWI/7