I am happy to announce the BETA version of the future DXMAPS version 3.0.
I have tried to maintain a very similar user interface so that it will take you almost no time to get used to it, however behind that layout almost all the code has been rewritten. This means that there can be (there surely be) things not working correctly, so I will appreciate that you test it and report me any bugs you could find, before it is made public to other users.
PLEASE don’t post yet this announcement on forums/social networks. For now it is just a BETA version only for your tests.
The main features in this version are:
Maps make use of the Google Maps API, what means many advantages regarding the old fixed maps:
They can be zoomed in and out.
They can be dragged to better fit your area preferences.
Different layers can be applied.
Terrain/satellite maps can be selected.
They don’t need to be reloaded regularly but just updated, what means faster visualization of updates.
Maps, lists and band graphs are updated every minute, instead of every three minutes.
More options to select what you want (and don’t want) to be drawn on the maps, etc.
MUF ES world map available.
Option to show a layer with propagation predictions (10m to 80m bands) according to VOACAP model. This feature is very resource demanding and requires a good computer and fast Internet connection. Even so it's slow due to the complexity of the calculations and the volume of data. At its best it will take 10-15 seconds to load the layer when a maps is first loaded, so if it's too slow for your simply don't use it.
Options to filter by modes and propagation modes.
Click on any location to get more information (DXCC, WAZ, WAC, etc.) on it.
Click on a callsign to get more information about it (HF propagation calculation, statistics, etc.)
QSO Lists and band graphs use the same color codes to show the source of the information.
QSO Lists and band graphs also show the callsigns of Supporter Users on a yellow background.
It remembers your selections from the last visit, provided that you use the same Internet Browser and that cookies have not been deleted on your side. If this doesn’t work for you then you have to check your browser configuration and make sure that cookies from DXMAPS.COM are allowed and not deleted automatically.
Distance units (kilometers or miles) configurable in the DXMAPS user login details.
Possibility to filter by a certain callsign (Only QSO/SWL involving that callsign will be shown)
Possibility to search a certain callsign, locator, IOTA or even a location (town, region, etc.)
And last but not least, the new
programming of the application should make easier to make changes and add
new features in the future.
So far both the new and old versions are available, but as this means taking double of the resources of the sever the old version will have to be removed after some months, so I hope that with your help I can fix before any trouble that could arise. Don’t forget to include screen hardcopies together with your reports.
It has been tested with latest versions of Google Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari (IOS). Compatibility with older versions or other browsers can’t be guaranteed.
The new English version 3.0 is available at http://www.dxmaps.com/spots/mapg.php?Lan=E
The corresponding Spanish version at http://www.dxmaps.com/spots/mapg.php?Lan=S
If you don’t feel comfortable with BETA versions please disregard this message and continue using DXMAPS.COM as until now.