We are now over a year since the end of solar cycle 24 and the start of cycle 25.
So far, we have got off to a slow start. HF conditions are a little better, but it will be some while before we really notice a difference.
I suspect this autumn we will see widespread openings from Europe to the USA on 10m again.
With modes like FT8 we are finding openings more often. FT8 is not a mode for chatting. SSB and even 10m FM and AM are better for this. As much as I like FT8 because of my poor voice, I do hope people still stick with speech modes.