BBC NEWS | Science & Environment | 'Quiet Sun' baffling astronomers: "The Sun is the dimmest it has been for nearly a century.
There are no sunspots, very few solar flares - and our nearest star is the quietest it has been for a very long time."
This is a problem for amateur radio as sunspots charge up the ionosphere that allows us to transmit over worldwide distances. The radio manufacturers have geared up for more hams coming in for the solar maximum but it isn't appearing.
This is also a problem for the AGWers.