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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Excellent early afternoon opening on 7, 9, and 11 MHz

On another hot (32 degrees!) late summer early afternoon, February 27, 2018,  here in Melbourne, the ionosphere turned on a splendid show on the lower frequencies, even though the 10.7 cm radio flux had dripped to a miserable 62, and the sunspot count had fallen to ZERO!
I went over to one of my favourite monitoring sites,  minimal power line noise, in the Warrandyte State Park, in Melbourne's outer east, at the Pound Bend Picnic Reserve on the Yarra, with the Eton E5 and 3m of antenna tossed into a prickly bush. (Refer to the photos!)
Propagation Modes were
  • North America short-path 7 MHz
  • Africa/Middle East/Europe long-path 7 MHz, 9 MHz
  • Asia short-path (complex daytime Asian mode) 9 MHz
Signals started to appear from the east on 7 MHz as early as 0345, which is about five hours before our local sunset!
Survey period was 0330 to 0400 (exceptions shown if outside this range)
6030 USA R . Marti, Greenville Spanish (from 0430)
7275 SAO TOME VOA Kirundi
7285 UAE BBC-Dhabbaya Arabic
7315 USA WHRI English
7355 USA R. Marti Spanish
7380 IRAN Arabic
7390 FRANCE RFI-Issoudin French
7435 USA R. Marti
7520 USA WWCR (from 0420)
9420 GREECE VOG Greek
9480 ROMANIA RRI Spanish
9490 FRANCE R. Republica, Issoudin Spanish
9510 VATICAN R. Darfur via SMG, Sudanese
9535 CUBA RHC Spanish
9540 OMAN R. Oman English
9560 MADAGASCAR NHK-Talata Swahili
9570 ALBANIA CRI-Cerrick Chinese
9620 GERMANY NHK-Nauen Japanese
9635 VIETNAM VOV domestic
9655 UAE TWR-Africa Dhabbaya Amharic
9650 UAE NHK-Dhabbaya Swahili
9730 MYANMAR domestic (from *0345)
9740 ROMANIA Spanish
9790 CUBA CRI-English
9825 GERMANY VOA-Lampertheim Somali
9835 MALAYSIA RTM-Kajang domestic
9865 INDIA domestic

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