Friday 17th December 2021: I got an interesting email from Nigel, VK6CPU informing me of what looks like an opening on the 50 MHz band from Australia & New Zealand to Europe in December!
Update 18th Dec: VK3ZAZ & VK6CPU says that this was a bogus reception report with a VK station in Australia using the callsign of LZ2HV to generate false reports.
It still doesn't mean that mid-Winter openings like this can't happen. It would still worthwhile for stations in the south of Europe to listen for VK stations on 6m.
According to the reports on the PSK Reporter website, LZ2HV in Bulgaria heard several VK & ZL stations on FT8 in what looks like a short opening.
In November we had some excellent TEP openings from JA into VK1,2,3,4,5 & 6. From memory, much earlier and more extensive/intense than the previous season.
Last year we had good openings from Australia to Europe in May/Early June (northern summer). Maybe its worth reminding EU stations its summer down under !!"
Time for Europeans stations to look to openings?? : As Nigel reminds us, it is Summer time in Australia and they are in their Summer Sporadic-E season.