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Old 06-02-2016, 9:03 PM
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Hi from Adam Kb2 Jpd

What is your favorite URL or tool for spotting when the bands get active?

I love 17 15 20 on my magloops.


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I agree dxmaps.com-great site
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I use N3FJP's AC logger program that has a DX spotter built in.
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Been using this site for a few years VHF Propagation Map
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If you need an online map or DX spotting web site to tell you when the bands are open then something is wrong.
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If you need an online map or DX spotting web site to tell you when the bands are open then something is wrong.


Not all of us have time on our hands. Some of us have to bury our dead and deal with the sick. Maybe you want to inform us how you do it from Texas?


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Actually, I watch dxmaps.com so I know when to start calling. I am often surprised by the number of openings on 6 where everybody is listening and a call gets the ball rolling. I don't call unless I think I am likely to get an answer-people are starting to discourage me from talking to myself
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I monitor only -- not a ham, but frequently monitor the ham bands.

I've used DXMaps in the past, still glance at it... but what I hear, and what the guy by the saltwater with the 5 element yagi (50 miles away) may hear are often two different things.

So usually I just tune quickly through the bands.
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Hi from Adam Kb2 Jpd

What is your favorite URL or tool for spotting when the bands get active?

I love 17 15 20 on my magloops.


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I always have an 11 meter radio on tuned to channel 38 LSB with the squelch up. When the CB "skip shooters" start breaking the squelch, I find that 10 meters is usually open as well! (often along with 15, 17 and 20, or even 6 meters)
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I agree dxmaps.com-great site
Same. Nothing comes close. My 'go to' for such activities.
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Default Looks like 6 meter is open in the Midwest to west

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