[Skimmertalk] ViewProp: propagation analysis using Skimmer data

Bob Wilson, N6TV n6tv at arrl.net
Tue Feb 19 23:37:40 EST 2013

How does this compare with what used to be called "DX Sherlock," an
automatic web page that plots RBN and DX Cluster spots in real time on a


Bob, N6TV

On Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 5:55 PM, Rick Kiessig <kiessig at gmail.com> wrote:

> I’ve been working on some software over the last few months for visualizing
> *your* HF propagation using spots from CW Skimmer and cluster servers,
> including the RBN. To help me find any remaining issues, I’m looking for a
> few beta testers.
> The software is called ViewProp. Basically, the way it works is this:  You
> enter your call and lat/lon and the connection details for up to three
> Skimmers or clusters.  ViewProp then determines which spots are coming *to
> or from* the area near you, plots them in real-time on a map provided by
> DXAtlas, and puts them in a sortable table. It also creates real-time
> charts
> that show which bands are open *for you* and how active they are.  Would
> you
> like to know when each band is at its peak?  Or when certain beam headings
> are most active? ViewProp can tell you.
> In addition to ViewProp, you will need DXAtlas (you can download a
> full-featured 30-day trial, if you don’t already have it). If you have a
> qrz.com XML subscription, you can use it to enhance the accuracy with
> which
> ViewProp locates both spotters and spotted stations, but it is not
> absolutely necessary, particularly for a trial.
> I use ViewProp every day myself, and have found it to be a useful planning
> tool for both DX and contesting. There's something very empowering about
> being able to instantly visualize current propagation that's based on
> measurements rather than simulations.
> I'm looking for unfiltered opinions of savvy computer-using DXers and
> contesters on how useful the software is for you, what features might make
> it better, and help finding bugs or usability issues.
> I’ve set up a simple 1-page Wiki with more details and a few screenshots:
> http://zl2ham.wikispaces.com/
> If you would be interested in being a beta tester, please let me know
> off-list, and I’ll send you a copy.
> 73, Rick ZL2HAM
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