a lot of the time 80/75m is so hard to listen to
because of atmospheric noise QRN and lightning crashes from thousands of miles away are really hard on the ears
with us approaching the end of the bottom of this sun spot or solar cycle we should take advantage of the quiter than normal times
No low band antenna you say, a modest vertical with 7 above ground radials or an Inverted "L" will get you there
last week I worked several new ones on 75 and 80 meters.