Wow we only have 6 weeks left to 2017.
I didn’t get my 160M QSO with VK9MA, so lets move on and see what is next:
Carl, K9LA says solar minimum – 2019. We will most likely have a long minimum before Cycle 25 – more than 2 years – probably as bad or worse than the last one – and then that cycle will be as bad or worse than Cycle 24. LOW BANDS, LOW BANDS, LOW BANDS
Top Band will be very good. This will be the saving grace DX wise – 160 will become more crowded and with low absorption we should se exceptional conditions on 2021 – 2022. 80M will also be very good. 40M could become a 24 hour DX bands – especially near the Winter Solstice. Transpolar propagation will become very weak. HOWEVER, LP on 40M to Glorioso for me at sunrise will be the trick. 20M will be dead for much of the bottom.
My predictions for 2017 – I will end up with 95 on Top Band this year. That’s less than the 60% norm for me as far as a success rate goes. Its still very possible to make DXCC on 160M and 9BDXCC by the time KH1 hits the air.
OK – now onto fixing that RFI issue …