Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports:

Solar activity remains very low. At the bottom of the sunspot cycle, any sunspot activity is fleeting. Another week has passed with no sunspots at all. Spaceweather.com reports no sunspots for the past 2 weeks, and the total number of spotless days this year is now 213, or 73%, which matches the percentage of spotless days in 2008 — 11 years ago.

Average daily solar flux during the week of October 10 – 16 was 67.3, down insignificantly from 67.6 during the previous week.
The average daily planetary A index was 6.4, down from 14.4 over the previous week, and the average daily mid-latitude A index declined from 11 to 5.1.

The predicted solar flux for the next 45 days is 68, through the end of November.

Predicted planetary A index is 5 on October 17 – 20; 12, 8, 5, 18, 25, 12, 10, and 8 on October 21 – 28; 5 on October 29 – November 9; 8 on November 10 – 11; 5 on November 12 – 16; 15 on November 17; 5 on November 18 – 19; 15, 20, 10 and 8, on November 20 – 23, and 5 on November 24 – 30.

Rick Tucker, W0RT, of Parsons, Kansas, was listening for HZ1TT (Saudi Arabia) on October 14 on 21.023 MHz at 1045 UTC. The band sounded dead, but at 1115 UTC he copied several European stations calling and working the Saudi station. Tucker said he never heard HZ1TT, but HZ1TT was spotted by a station in New Brunswick, Canada.

Sunspot numbers for October 10 – 16 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, and 0, with a mean of 3.1. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 67.5, 68.5, 68.3, 67.2, 66.2, 67.2, and 66.3, with a mean of 67.3. Estimated planetary A indices were 13, 8, 5, 2, 6, 5, and 6, with a mean of 6.4. Middle latitude A index was 10, 6, 4, 1, 5, 5, and 5, with a mean of 5.1.

ARRL News Letter on October 17, 2019