DX’ing resoures from WA9AQN presentation on 2/2/2012

DX’ing Resources:

News – - this site has a summary of upcoming, ongoing and past dx operations ranging from the huge expeditions to casual vacation operations and links to more detailed websites of expeditions and operations:

http://dx-world.net/

Antennas

“The Rules of the Antenna Game,” Ted Hart, W5QJR (1984)

This site promotes a book that contains a lot of very useful antenna guidance geared toward construction of very DX-effective antennas at very reasonable cost. There are a lot of expensive gimmicks in the antenna market that will not enhance your signal quality at the other end over some simple wire antennas. While the book isn’t free, the amount of money it will save you if you are thinking that the latest whiz-bang gimmick from the XYZ antenna company for $300 will give you a better signal far exceeds the cost:

http://www.antennex.com/Sshack/rules.htm

Pileup behavior: these YouTube videos of screen shots of a software defined radio bandscope show the DX transmit frequency and the pileup running up the band, one of good pileup management,

and one of poor management

Propagation conditions, predictions:

http://hamwaves.com/propagation/

http://www.spacew.com/www/realtime.php

NCDXF Beacons:

http://www.ncdxf.org/beacon/beaconprograms.html

Geoclock:

http://www.mygeoclock.com/geoclock/#W32

Online version for Grayline:

http://www.dxatlas.com/

ACE-HF propagation prediction program:

http://www.mygeoclock.com/acehf/

Online VOACAP – this is the online program calling for you to input your location, transmitter power, type and height of antenna, mode and band, showing where you are likely to be heard under current propagation conditions:

http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html

ARRL – DXCC information

http://www.arrl.org/dxcc

CQ Worked All Zones:

http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com/cq_awards/cq_waz_awards/index_cq_waz_award.html

RSGB – IOTA:

http://www.rsgbiota.org/

ARRL DX bulletin:

http://www.arrl.org/myarrl-account-management

DX Magazine and QRZ DX Newsletter:

http://www.dxpub.com/dx_mag.html

The Daily DX:

http://www.dailydx.com/

DX Cluster:

http://dxcluster.ham-radio.ch/

Maps and Beam headings (from your QTH, and from the DX end QTH – very useful to see whether you are off the side of the DX beam when he is working EU, AS, etc.):

http://www.dxzone.com/cgi-bin/dir/jump2.cgi?ID=14599

Reverse Beacon Network – See who is calling CQ, frequency, code speed, and signal strength; see your code speed and signal strength at the monitoring stations when you call CQ:

http://www.reversebeacon.net

DX Central – at this site you can set up a list of what DX you need, and receive email notices when it is spotted on the DX Cluster system, get spotting info courtesy of Kelly N0VD:

http://dx-central.com/

HamSpeak – simple phrases, ham radio related phrases in other languages:

http://www.k8zt.com/racg/Radio_Amateur_%20Conversation_Guide.pdf

DX Code of Conduct – how not to act like a lid in DX’ing:

http://dx-code.org/

Callsign and QSL info:

http://www.qrz.com

http://hamcall.net/call

http://www.dxzone.com/catalog/DX_Resources/Callsigns/

DXpedition operations and calendar:

http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/adxo.html

DX Resources and links:

http://www.ccdxc.org/dx_helps.htm

Pileup tips:

http://www.g4ifb.com/html/dxing.html#PileupTips

Maps and beam headings:

http://www.dxzone.com/cgi-bin/dir/jump2.cgi?ID=14599

One Response to “DX’ing resoures from WA9AQN presentation on 2/2/2012”

  1. Roger says:

    Thanks, Dwayne!

    73