No sunspots have been visible since December 18!
Sunspots are not needed for good HF propagation - there has been some good shortpath propagation from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia into Melbourne on 5, 7, and 9 MHz in our sunrise period.
These are sample entries of December 29, 2008:
5985 CHINA CRI-Beijing, Swahili, 1840
7160 S. AFRICA FEBA-Meyerton, French, *1830-1900*
7180 GERMANY WYFR-Wertachtal, English, 1850 (new frequency)
7445 GERMANY WYFR-Wertachal, 1830 (new frequency)
9630 SPAIN REE, Spanish, 1905