There are still no sunspots visible, and it is being conjectured that we may be passing through a "double hump" at the bottom end of solar cycle no. 23.
Cycle 24 does not appear to have commenced as yet, and long distance propagation on frequencies above about 11 MHz across darkness paths is currently very unreliable.
Despite this, there has been continuing excellent shortpath propagation from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East into Melbourne on 5, 6, 7, and 9 MHz between 1800 and 2000, with very few unoccupied channels.
This is a summary of selected items noted in the 5750-5985 spectrum, the lower portion of the 49 mb between 1930 and 2000 on March 11.
5750 KUWAIT VOA Dari
5810 PHILIPPINES RFA Tinang Mandarin
5850 GERMANY Polish Radio via Julich Ukrainian
5860 SRI LANKA VOA Iranawela Fars
i5875 ENGLAND BBC Rampisham English
5885 VATICAN VR various langs
5890 IRAN VOIRI Italian
5905 CHINA CRI Kashi Russian
5915 SLOVAK REP R. Slovakia Intern English
5920 RUSSIA VOR St Petersburg Russian
5925 CHINA CNR5
5935 GERMANY Polish Radio Wertachtal Ukrainian
5945 CYPRUS BBC English
5955 AUSTRAI VOV Moosbrunn French
5965 MALAYSIA RTM Kajang Malay
5970 ALBANIA CRI Cerrick French
5980 TURKEY VOT Turkish
5985 CHINA CRI Beijing Portuguese
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