Very Interesting – the MUF has been lower than 7 mhz all day today
Its quite amazing that the ARRL DX Contest had such great 20M conditions – but I feel that we are right at the very bottom of the sunspot cycle – and that as the year goes on, we will climb out of it in noticeable form.
My KY6R Big Loops in the AM BCB band has offered conditions that I am now wondering if these are “special” conditions that I won’t see until the bottom of Cycle 25?
Time will tell – but as they say – “Make Hay While The Sun Shines” (even if there are no sunspots!).
[UPDATE] – right before our sunset – at 0100Z – ish – they were strong on 20M. Too many calling for my 5 watts to get through, but maybe I can snag a QRP QSO while they are there. 20M does seem to be the “surprise band” – as it was during the ARRL DX CW Contest a few weeks back. Then, 20M closed and 30M was pretty good for another 1/2 hour.
These openings are short – reminds me of the first time I worked a VU7 for an ATNO . . . .