Let not the absence of active sunspots deter you!
It's well documented that HF propagation is not solely dependent on sunspot activity – other factors come in to play!
There are no active spots on the sun's disk, some may appear soon.
This is a summary (from Melbourne) of notable frequency occupancies in the 9 MHz spectrum in the time window 1800 to 1830 on February 1, 2018, dominated by short (darkness) path propagation from Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
9370 THAILAND VOA (Deewa) Udon Pashto
9390 THAILAND R. Thailand Udon
9400 BULGARIA BVB-Kostinbrod Persian
9410 UAE BBC-Dhabbaya English
9485 ENGLAND VOA-Woofferton Amharic
9515 KOREA REP KBS-KImjae Korean
9555 S. ARABIA Arabic
9600 ENGLAND R. Darfur Woofferton Sudanese
9635 ENGLAND IBRA-Woofferton Arabic
9650 ENGLAND R. Darfur Woofferton Sudanese
9660 MADAGASCAR VR-SMG Portuguese
9690 SPAIN Spanish from *1835
9715 ENGLAND BVB-Woofferton English
9755 THAILAND VOA-Udon Amharic
9765 GERMANY NHK-Nauen Japanese
9775 THAILAND R. Ashna Udon
9800 FRANCE V. of Gospel Issoudin Fulfulde