The Winter Solstice has passed and the world as we know it did not end. If it had, the Sun was not going to be the cause of it. Although we are in a period in Cycle 24 in which we should see a continuous rise in solar flux as we approach a peak next year, we are seeing quite the contrary. This cycle is showing to be weak and may have peaked very early.
Here is what we have seen since the Fall Equinox
on September 23.
The highest volume of activity occurs between 1750-3500 kilometers, single hop F2. From here it includes the east and west coasts, the Carribean islands and the top of South America. These volumes are down almost 70% from last year.
Solar Flux is down 26 points to an average of 120 in 2012. Sunspots are down 43. Clearly a decline in solar activity.
Now the good news.....
2011 Grids - 572
DXCC - 77