DXMAPS.COM 4.x QSO maps/lists user manual
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DXMAPS.COM web site shows on maps or lists the most recent contacts and reception reports in the different amateur radio and SWL bands. Its aim is to provide a detailed but comprehensive view of the propagation conditions in real time.

When you browse DXMAPS for the fist time you will be presented with the default configuration values and you will get a page like the following.  After you make your selections they will be stored in cookies so that next time you visit the site it can restore your configuration. If it doesn't keep your settings it can only be for two reasons:

1.- Presentation options:

Contacts and reports can be shown in several ways:

2.- Area selection:

These tabs allows the selection of the area you are interested in, or "World" for getting information from everywhere in the world.

3.- Create link/shortcut:

Some users like to add shortcuts in their browsers to a certain map or list. Clicking on the "heart" icon takes you a page where a link to the current page is created and shown, together with additional information about how linking works and its limitations.

4.- Band group selection:

Click on one of the two tabs to select the band group you are interested in. "LF - HF" for bands below 30 MHz and "VHF & up" for bands above 28 MHz.  Notice that the 10 meter band , being it the frontier between HF and VHF, is shown in both band groups.

5.- Map type:

This was a Google Maps feature and it is no longer available in version 4.x that makes use of OpenStreetMaps

6.- Information window:

This is the area where additional information is shown when you click somewhere on the map or search information on a callsign, grid square, IOTA, etc.  Depending on whether you click on a callsign or on blank area of the map the information shown can be different.

7.- Band selection:

These tabs allow you to select the band you are interested in and they are different depending on the band group you have selected. 

For "VHF & UP" apart from the bands themselves there are also other tabs, like the VHF propagation ticker or the "MUF ES" option for showing an estimation of the current Sporadic-E MUF situation.

For ยท"LF - HF" there is also and additional tab for the DX news ticker.

8.- Layer selection:

You can choose the maps to be overlaid with one of the following layers:

In order not to make the maps unreadable with too much information, layers are exclusive. This means that when you select a layer, the rest are deselected.

If you leave the map open, the layer will be redrawn automatically when there is an update. There is no need you press F5 or refresh the map manually.

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9.- Options selection:

Here you can customize what information is shown on the maps/lists and how it is shown. You can select (tick) several options at the same time but you will possibly want to limit their number in order not to get the map overcrowded. To deselect an option simply click on it again. Selected options are indicated by the "tick" character.

The options "Only DX-Cluster" and "Only > 2600 km" affect both the maps and lists. The rest only apply to the maps.

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A.- Modes/Props:

Allows you to filter by the mode or modes that you are interested in (CW, Phone, Digital, WSPR). If you have selected band group "VHF & up" it also allows to filter by the propagation modes you are interested to track (Aurora, EME, MS, Tropo, etc.)

B.- Filter and Search input box:

This is an input box where to enter a callsign or continent you want to filter or a text (callsign, locator, IOTA, etc) you want to search (see below)

C.- Filter by callsign:

Enter a callsign or continent code (NA, EU, SA, AF, OC, AS) in B and click this icon to set a filter by it.  Only spots / reports containing that callsign or related to that continent will be shown both in the maps and lists. Use it to see your spots, or who is spotting you. Another use is, for instance, to see who is working, or in which bands, a certain DXpedition.  When filtering by continent you will only see the spots of stations from stations in that continent or those making QSO with that continent.

You can also use the * (asterisk) wildcard to filter callsign patterns. Some examples are:

When filtering is enabled the icon will show a red tick and the input box will be disabled.  Click on the icon again to disable the filtering.

When the filtered callsign has an online log, the QSO from his log will also be shown.

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D.- Search callsign, etc:

Enter the text that you want to search/locate in B and click this icon to start the search.  You can search a callsign, a grid square, an IOTA reference (format XX-NNN) or even a geographical name (town, province, island name, etc.).

When search mode is enabled the icon will show a red tick and the input box will be disabled. Click on the icon again to disable the search mode and go back to the normal map.

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E.- Map / List:

This is the area where the map/list will be shown, depending on the option you select.

You can drag and zoom in and out the maps as you do with any other Maps.  Your customized visible area will be stored for each map area in cookies, so that next time you visit DXMAPS you won't have to configure it again.

You can also right-click on the map and a pop-up menu will appear with some options/functions (in tablets and mobile phones you can click on the map with your finger and keep the pressing for a couple of seconds to simulate the right-click of a mouse)

Notice that the show/hide options are for temporarily use. For selecting the option permanently you have to do it with the layer/options selections (see 8 and 9)

You can click on a callsign on the map to get more detailed information and links regarding it.  If you click anywhere else you will get more information on that location in the Information Window (6).  Clicking on a callsign can be cumbersome until you get used to it.  Place the end of the index finger of the hand cursor near the middle of the callsign and then click.

You can right click on a callsign and select the "Recent reports of this station" option to quickly get a listing of the most recent reports of it.

F.- Propagation indexes and space weather:

Most recent Solar Flux, A and K values, Space Weather forecast and aurora intensity

G.- Hide callsign:

Enter a callsign in B and click this icon to hide a certain callsign.  Spots / reports containing that callsign will not be shown on the maps and in the lists. Use it, for instance, to hide the spots of a pirate station.

When hiding is enabled the icon will show a red tick and the input box will be disabled.  Click on the icon again to disable the hiding.


You could also be interested in watching some of the following tutorial videos (work in progress):


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