Tuesday, September 6, 2011

VOACAP Online ... A Great DX Tool

A great tool for chasing DX !!
A great tool for checking propagation !!

Ever wonder when is the "best timeor  what is the"best bandto work that rare DX-pedition ?

While I was On St Lucia (J6) last December with the "Buddies in the Caribbean" ultra light DX group ... 
One of our team leaders (Guy / N7UN) introduced me to this really neat site called VOACAP Online ...
The team used it on a regular daily basis to check propagation into different areas of the world ... 
This program will not only tell you the best times to work the DX ... it will also show you the best bands to work the particular country you are looking for. 
You can add your different antenna configurations  and TX power levels as well ... best of all it's very simple to use.
I highly recommend it to both new and old hams that like to chase DX !!

Another tool that's really neat is the
 VOACAP Area Coverage Map 

Here is the link: VOACAP / Coverage

Message from Jari Perkiömäki, OH6BG & VOACAP Online team:-

A new addition to the VOACAP Online HF prediction toolbox are coverage area maps. The coverage area map service uses a familiar Google Maps interface, with an added possibility to choose TX and RX QTHs from a DXCC-type of a list of over 470 pre-defined locations all over the globe. Also entering a Maidenhead locator in the Name field and setting a coordinate point as the user’s default TX location are supported.
The result map shows the probability to achieve a CW QSO from a TX site to a grid of RX sites. The prediction is plotted on a map of equidistant cylindrical projection, together with the grayline terminator and the position of the Sun.
This service should be of particular interest to DX peditions and contest operators who want to find the most suitable times of operation on different bands. If a more accurate HF prediction between two locations is needed, then VOACAP-based point-to-point site should work best.


73 de N4LA

1 comment:

VE3WDM said...

Good evening todd, I have known about VOACAP for some time now. I was under the impression that LOTS of data had to be entered to get results. After going to the link and entering a small amount of data the results are very cool. I booked marked the page and am going to be using it.