The 29-29.1MHz sub-band continues to be the best place to find HF AM. This is the HF band with most space, although there are AM enthusiasts on 160m and other bands. When these bands are not busy AM has its place.
When 10m goes “off the boil” 29MHz AM will be ideal for local nets with very simple gear. Ranges are fine for local nets. Also there is a ready supply of ex-CB kit around, although making a wholly homebrew QRP rig for 29MHz AM is a nice group project. There are some ideas for starters on my main website.
As an example of how effective 10m AM can be see http://www.macnaughtonart.com/10metlog-ss24.htm .
Indeed a nice portion of the band and something different to do. AM brings me back to my first radio experiences. It was fun then, it still is.
Back in November-December I had some qso’s with a Russian station and several US stations. Sometimes faint sometimes blasting in. Worked them all with my ft817nd 🙂
Fun indeed ! 🙂