It was a disappointing morning for myself as I chose to operate 2m SSB and did not hear a thing anywhere on the band. I even tried 2m CW and still didn't get a response to my CQ's. In the end I went back to the FM portion and checked into local and distant morning nets. It's amazing just where you can get into from that location.
We all know hamsticks are a comprimise antenna and will never replace dipoles or other portable antennas, but in an emergency we'll take what we can get.
Hopefully the bands will start to pick up again before too long. It's not nice being back down with an SFI of 84 after what we have had in the last month. Let's hope it improves a great deal before Field Day.