Getting Started with DX Information and Mapping

When you first run DXView, a small window will appear that lets you specify the location of your station (QTH); you can type in either a Maidenhead Gridsquare, or a latitude (e.g. 37 22' N) and longitude (e.g. 121 48' W) .

With your station location defined, you can now obtain DX Information from several sources:

Each of the above actions selects a location whose information is displayed on both DXView's Info and World Map windows; in the latter, the signal path from your QTH to the selected location is also displayed. You can obtain additional information about that location by


DXView displays information extracted from five databases:

  1. DXCC: maps callsigns to DXCC entities and regions within DXCC entities, and provides time zone, CQ zone, ITU zone, IOTA tag, continent, and location information
  2. IOTA: provides the name and location of each IOTA tag
  3. LotW: indicates whether or not a callsign is known to participate in LotW

  4. eQSL AG: indicates whether or not a callsign is known to be an authenticity-guaranteed participant in

  5. USAP: provides the location and primary administrative subdivision of each station located in the United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Guam, Marianas Islands, or American Samoa based on the zipcode of the address of the station location submitted to the United States Federal Communications Commission.

These databases are frequently updated. To determine whether a new update is available, open the Databases tab of DXView's Config window, and click the New? button.

Plotting Logged QSOs

Plotting Active DX Stations and the Stations that Spot Them

Scanning Specified Bands for Active DX Stations and the Stations that Spot Them

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