Here in the UK we have enjoyed some great summer weather. Maybe it is time to try your QRP SSB rig out portable. During the summer Es season some stations can be worked with a very modest QRP portable station: no big antennas, just a whip on the rig can be enough. I find a counterpoise can make a lot of difference. Always be mindful of "humans" who may not understand. 😉
F2 DX on the higher HF bands is getting harder, but Es is a different matter.
See https://sites.google.com/site/g3xbmqrp3/hf/pedestrian .