After reading reports of recent activity on 28 MHz, I started listening again on FT8 on the 10-meter band to see what conditions were like.
As the PSK Reporter map above shows, there was plenty of activity on the band on Friday the 6th of November 2020.
While there was some evidence of Sporadic-E activity around Western Europe, there was plenty of evidence of F2 propagation from Russia and SE Europe. Outside of some North-South propagation to Africa and South America, it was interesting to see openings to Indonesia and Australia.
There’s always something special for me about hearing Australia on 28 MHz. It’s no big deal on the other HF bands but for the path to be open at 28 MHz then something must be happening.
It shows a peak back in 2014 and the minimum of the sunspot cycle in December of 2019. It also shows an increase in the sunspot number.
It will be interesting to see when will we get regular openings to the USA on 28 MHz from NW Europe? It will probably start with openings to Florida but it’s the F2 openings to Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Maine that I’d be really interested to see.