DX Toolbox by Black Cat Systems (Universal)
Released: Jan 6, 2012
Version: 1.5
Size: 2 MB
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DX Toolbox

Black Cat Systems
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Are you a ham radio operator or shortwave listener, in need of up to date propagation information and solar conditions? DX Toolbox features several propagation forecasting tools, allowing you to quickly and easily estimate current HF (Shortwave) propagation conditions between any two locations in the world, and is ideal for the ham radio operator, shortwave listener, or other radio enthusiast.

Radio propagation conditions can also be estimated between any two points on the Earth. Graphs of these conditions can be generated for a given frequency or time, and MUF/LUF graphs can 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 radio operators and DXers for years to catch elusive stations. A plot the great circle (both short and long) path between your location and another station is also displayed, as well as the beam heading and distance. The location of the currently transmitting NCDXF/IARU beacon can be displayed on the map as well.

The propagation map displays the areas of the world where your signal can be heard (or a signal can be heard from), based on the frequency, transmitter power, and current solar flux, date, and time.

Maps showing ionosonde plots of foF2, foEs, and hmF2 data from various locations around the world are available. The MUF and skip zone can be calculated based on foF2 and hmF2 values.

Aurora prediction maps for the northern and southern hemisphere are available.

DX Toolbox displays the following important solar and geomagnetic readings:

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

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

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

In addition, 21 maps of current D Layer Absorption levels are available for display.

Full documentation on how to use the app is available here: http://www.blackcatsystems.com/iphone/dx_toolbox_faq.html

Get your copy of DX Toolbox now, and you’ll always be up to date on current radio propagation conditions.

What's new in version 1.5
This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.

Updates for iOS 10.3.
Updated data source for Aurora images.
Our verdict: Good
  • + DX Toolbox is a highly rated app (4.5-star).
  • + DX Toolbox is currently ranked #235 in paid Lifestyle apps for iPad.
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