DX Toolbox 4.6.0 review

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DX Toolbox searches the web for you, gathering information on solar and geomagnetic conditions that affect radio propagation. It a

License: Shareware
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Developer: Black Cat Systems
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DX Toolbox searches the web for you, gathering information on solar and geomagnetic conditions that affect radio propagation.

It also features several propagation forecasting tools. It's ideal for the ham radio operator, shortwave listener, or other radio enthusiast, and is available for Mac OS, Mac OS X, and Windows.

It displays in real-time the following important readings:

Solar Flux
Solar Flux
Sun Spot Number
X-Ray Flux levels
X-Ray flares
Solar Wind
Earth's Magnetic Field
Radio Blackout conditions
Geomagnetic Storm conditions
Solar Radiation Storm conditions

In addition, the last month's worth of Solar Flux, A-Index, K-Index, Sun Spot Number, and background X-Ray Flux are plotted. Audio alerts can be generated when solar flares, aurora, or disturbed geomagnetic conditions exist or are likely.

Graphs of x-ray flux readings from the GOES satellites may also be displayed.

A grayline map of the world is also available. Radio propagation between locations within the grayline region of the world is often greatly enhanced. DX Toolbox's grayline map makes it easy for you to determine where those locations are. Grayline propagation has been used by expert ham radio operators and DXers for years to catch elusive stations.

You can have the location of the currently transmitting NCDXF/IARU beacon displayed on the map as well. These beacons are run by ham radio operators around the world, and can be used to determine radio propagation conditions between your location and that part of the world.

You can also plot the great circle (both short and long) path between your location and another station, and compute distance, as well as the beam heading.

Radio propagation conditions can also be estimated between two points on the Earth.

Grid square locations may be determined, as well as looked up on a map, which also shows the world's time zones.

Maps showing auroral levels, as well as the maximum F layer frequency (related to MUF) over various parts of the world are also displayed. Real-time images of the Sun from the SOHO satellite are also available.

The following radio propagation reports and forecasts are available:

WWV Geophysical Alert
27 Day Space Outlook
45 Day AP Forecast
Geomagnetic Data
Daily Geomagnetic Data
Daily Particle Data
Daily Solar Data
Daily Magnetometer Analysis Reports
Hourly Magnetometer Analysis Reports
Predicted Sunspot Numbers and Radio Flux
Report of Solar-Geophysical Activity
Solar and Geophysical Activity Summary
Solar Region Summary
Weekly Highlights and Forecasts
Current Space Weather Indices
Space Weather Event Reports
Daily Space Weather Indices
Summary of Space Weather Observations
3-day Space Weather Predictions
SEC Space Weather Alerts

What's New in This Release:
You can enter a grid square and have the map jump to that location.
Current conditions window reports “None” for no adverse conditions.
Grayline window: ‘Now' and 'Path' are checkboxes instead of buttons.

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