NOTE: Screen data is refreshed to the web server every 5 minutes. May not be current if I’m on the air, shutdown due to weather conditions ie. lightning, etc.
NCDXF beacon monitoring is a great practice for determining current band conditions. Each beacon transmits every three minutes, day and night. This table gives the minute and second of the start of the first transmission within the hour for each beacon on each frequency. A transmission consists of the call-sign of the beacon sent at 22 words per minute followed by four one-second dashes. The call-sign and the first dash are sent at 100 watts. The remaining dashes are sent at 10 watts, 1 watt and 100 milliwatts. When I’m not on the air, I use my FT-857 2-ele 20-15-10 quad pointing due East.
Signal Level Legend:
NCDXF Beacon Map:
DX Atlas map data includes DX Cluster spots filtered within 2000 miles of my QTH and raw spot data from View Prop / QS1R setup.
Propagation 101 VE3NEA Help File
HamCAP Users Guide OH6BG
HamCAP Tutorial VE3SUN
HamCAP & Contesting N3TL
This is raw data from my Skimmer Server. Reception setup:QS1R + 40m Vee 75ft. New Omnidirectional antenna in the works. Many times I see needed DX stations well before they hit the clusters!