Despite the absence of sunspots (who needs them anyway!), there is continuing excellent propagation into Melbourne during our after noon window, on 17 and 21 MHz.
This is dominated by transmitters located in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, with signals following the shortpath (daylight) route from the west.
Channel occupancy on 17 MHz is extremely high.
Here is a summary made on May 9, between 0500 and 0530, from a field site in the Dandenong Ranges National Park, 30 km east of the Melbourne CBD, using the Eton E5 receiver and 5 m of antenna.
The location was at the junction of Management Road 13 and Olinda Creek Rd, near the Olinda Creek.
17485 CHINA CRI-Kashi, Arabic
17505 CHINA CRI-Kashi, English
17540 CHINA CRI-Kashi, English
17550 CHINA CNR, Beijing
17560 THAILAND IBB-Udorn, Russian
17565 CHINA CNR-Beijing
17595 CHINA CNR-SGZ
17605 CHINA CNR-Beijing
17615 MARIANAS RFA-Tinian, Mandarin
17625 CHINA CNR-Beijing
17640 CYPRUS BBC, English
17655 IRAN VOIRI, Russian to 0530*
17670 KUWAIT IBB, Pashto
17685 THAILAND IBB-Udorn, Pashto
17715 INDIA, various langs to 0530*
17720 CHINA CRI-Kashi, German
17730 CHINA CRI-Xian, English
17735 THAILAND IBB-Udorn, Tibetan
17740 CHINA CRI-Xian, Vietnamese
17770 THAILAND IBB-Udorn, Georgian
17790 THAILAND BBC-Nakhon, English
17810 JAPAN NHK-Yamata, English
17820 AUSTRALIA CVC-Darwin, Indonesian
17830 AUSTRALIA CVC-Darwin, Mandarin
17835 PAKISTAN R. Pakistan, Urdu
17845 INDIA, Arabic
17855 CHINA CRI-Beijing, English
17880 MARIANAS IBB-Saipan, Mandarin
17890 CHINA CNR-Beijing
17895 S. ARABIA BSKSA, Arabic
21550 MARIANAS RFA-Tinian, Mandarin
21690 MARIANAS RFA-Tinian, Mandarin