We are now on the slow slide down to the next solar minimum. Those with memories of the last minimum will remember the long spotless periods. The next could be even worse.
Luckily the slope is quite gradual and often there are days where solar activity is higher. On better days, the higher bands support N-S DX.
As I have said before, I have worked QRP SSB real DX on 10m in periods with no sunspots. WSPR and JT65 should be even better.
See http://www.solen.info/solar/ .