Researching the 16 mb this morning, of note was the relatively large number of signals, even though solar activity is still classified as "low" by IPS.
Propagation modes were both long and short paths, from Europe, Africa, and North America
Of interest was 17540, occupied by a new broadcaster known as RADIO MARA, using the Madagascar relay 1700-1800 to Southern Africa, primary azimuth 310 degrees, in Kinyarwanda and Kirundi. Good sigs here!
This is what the band looked like here in Melbourne between 1745 and 1800 on Jan 10 2014.
17540 MADAGASCAR. R. Mara, Talata, Kinyarwanda/Kirundi
17560 S.ARABIA Arabic
17655 USA VOA-G Portuguese
17715 SPAIN Spanish
17755 SPAIN Spanish
17775 USA KVOH English
17790 USA R. Africa via WRMI English
17830 ASCENSION BBC English
And in the 1800-1830 window:
17610 USA WRMI English at *1800
17670 INDIA English
17800 RWANDA DW-Kigali