HF Propagation (W Hemi Zoom)

Band/frequency key
(changed on 22 June 2019)
Day/night HF propagation conditions

NEW: Watch video of last few hours of HF propagation webcam.io

Note: Maps are no longer showing digi-mode contacts 
Due to the low-signal nature of some of the new digi-modes, such as FT-4 and FT-8, the traditional calculations for the MUF becomes inaccurate. I am therefore not displaying these digi-mode contacts on the maps until further notice.

The map above was generated using G7RAU’s Live MUF application. The map uses Great Circle projection centred on the UK. The page is automatically refreshed approximately once per minute.

Radio propagation is reported by amateur radio operators via the DX Cluster network. The Live MUF application plots the path on the map with the colour indicating the frequency of transmission according to the colour key. Map paths are plotted via the shortest Great Circle route, even if a contact was made via the “long path”.

The normal pattern is for the higher frequencies (above 7 MHz) to be active during daylight, and lower frequencies to be active during the night. Weekends tend to be a lot more active, especially during contest weekends where thousands of amateur operators chase contacts across the globe. The last 100 contacts reported on the DX Cluster can be seen here.

Solar flares can often cause intense bursts of X-rays to be blasted towards Earth. When they strike the atmosphere the ionosphere becomes highly ionized, which can cause severe radio blackouts due to noise on the HF frequencies. Blackouts can also affect VHF, UHF and higher frequencies.

Contact paths remain visible on the map for 15 minutes before being erased.