How to determine the best propagation in dx

Discussion in 'The DX Zone' started by YF8RQN, Mar 18, 2020.

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  1. YF8RQN

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    Hi, all...
    The most important thing in doing dx is the propagation factor. Usually the best propagation is from sunset to sunrise (please correct). The problem is there are amateur radio stations whose time is different day and night. Please help how I determine the best propagation to call the station in question, thank you

    de YF8RQN :)
     
  2. KS2G

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  3. KS2G

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    Not correct.
    The "best propagation" is at different times of day depending on the frequency band.
    Generally speaking propagation is "best" sunset-to-sunrise on the "low" bands (160-30 meters) and it is "best" sunrise-to-sunset on the "high" bands (20-10 meters).

    Use one of the many on-line propagation-prediction tools, such as VOACP:
    https://www.voacap.com/

    Best of luck.
     
  4. YF8RQN

    YF8RQN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thank you Mel for the information, this is the best:):):)
    73
     
  5. NK7Z

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    Use spot lists... Watch for openings in your general area to DX stations. Try DX Summit, at:

    http://www.dxsummit.fi/#/

    Then set a filter for your call area. In my case, I enter W7, and see where the W7s are working. That tells you in real time what bands are open. Also, if you are using digital modes, use PSK reporter, and call a CQ in a band you think might be open.
     
  6. W1VT

    W1VT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Propagation at my location is usually best right around sunrise, so I try to get on an hour before sunrise to start checking the bands.
    Not only is there enhancement of propagation around this time, but the noise level often seems to be lowest around this time.
     
  7. K7GQ

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    I think the best indication of propagation is to monitor the NCDXF/IARU International Beacons "live". The real-time schedule is found at:

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

    If you can hear a particular beacon, then the path is open to that area.
     
  8. NK7Z

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