Resources

Here are some web resources that I have found to be useful. These links will take you to a new page or tab.

If you have any favorites you’d like me to consider adding, please get in touch.

Directories

  • qrz.com – Look up any ham anywhere

Spotting networks

  • dxheat.com – Customizable, graphically pleasing site for displaying spots and analysis. Can also look up spots by callsign.

Propagation

  • dxmaps.com – Maps showing paths of spotted QSOs worldwide (most often used for tracking 6 meters). dxmaps will send you e-mail warnings when propagation may exist in your area. Membership in the site is recommended.
  • NOAA’s Space Weather Prediction Center – Summary of space weather conditions, news stories and more resources. Of particular interest is the Radio Communications Dashboard.
  • spaceweather.com – Summary of current solar conditions and space weather
  • DX Info Centre – William Hepburn’s resource pages for broadcast radio & TV propagation including tropo forecasts that can be of value to hams operating on VHF

Operating

  • Bruce Horn (WA7BNM)’s Contest Calendar – A weekly grid of contests worldwide and a 14-month summary. (Note the new domain name – contestcalendar.com – as of September 2017
  • 3830 Scores – Submit your contest scores and check to see other stations’ claimed scores. Note: This is not a substitute for submitting your log to the contest sponsors.
  • DX World – Latest news about worldwide operating, a DXpedition calendar and some gorgeous island photography.

Tools

  • Ham Stuff – Tom NS6T’s collection of utilities including an azimuth (great circle) map generator and one that maps your QSOs from an ADIF file.
  • Signal Identification WIKI – A catalog of digital and analog signals, what they look and sound like, and how to figure out how to decode them.
  • Reverse Beacon Network – Part tool (for judging how far you’re getting out) and part spotting aid (shows who else is being spotted), this is a worldwide network of software-defined receivers which “skim” CW traffic, sort out those who are calling CQ or sending TEST, and posts it to the database.