The solar report from the ARRL this morning mentioned a significant decline over last week but the 17m band evidently didn’t get that news.
Conditions right now (10pm local) on that band are a bit unusual – rather than an S5 background noise, there’s almost no noise whatsoever.
It almost sounds like a receiver problem…but tuning across the band results in one DX station after another, just popping into audibility.
Two new band-countries with no associated pile-ups – Somalia and Azerbaijan on 17 meters.
Others east of Europe are fairly loud as well though no Europeans are being heard. Strange conditions indeed, keeping the hobby interesting decade after decade.