Calling All Radio Amateurs and Shortwave Listeners!
Use BeaconAid-HF -- while listening to your receiver -- to decipher the global NCDXF/IARU HF beacon network and determine actual, real-time band openings. Even if you don't understand Morse code identifiers of the 18 beacon stations, with the help of your receiver, BeaconAid-HF will show you where in the world the 20, 17, 15, 12, or 10 meter bands are really -- not theoretically -- open within three minutes. Or, use the "By Beacon" view while listening to your receiver to find out if one or more bands are open to a desired DX destination.
BeaconAid-HF also gives you ready access to reports from automated official monitor stations around the world. You'll see which monitor is closest to your current location, and then observe its reports without leaving the program.
Current solar-terrestrial conditions (solar flux, A-index, and K-index) are retrieved from NOAA and displayed on several screens. Additional propagation conditions for the beacon bands are displayed on the main screens.
BeaconAid-HF updates its data sources -- beacon operational status and monitor station lineup -- automatically behind the scenes. No need to download an upgraded version to get the latest beacon and monitor network data.
You can also use BeaconAid-HF offline or out of reach of Location Services. Choose manual entry of your current grid square.
If you currently use the beacon network in your ham radio or SWL activities, BeaconAid-HF will make the job a lot easier. If you are new to the network, BeaconAid-HF will unlock the world of HF propagation to you. You'll discover that just because a band sounds dead doesn't mean that it is.
This app has been updated by Apple to display the Apple Watch app icon.
iOS 10.3 compatibility improvements
Ratings and Reviews
Great inexpensive utility
Remarkably well thought out display of information for the NCDXF beacon system. The tiny white dot on the map for the current beacon is a nice touch. I'd like to see an az-eq map (centered on my location), with terminator overlay, but that's asking a lot for the price!
Runs nicely on my iPhone-original. Minor problem: if I allow BeaconAid to use my location (enabled in Settings), I'm repeatedly shwon the "Current Location Unavailable" message when my phone is in a No Service zone.
Just What I Needed
Danny: Thanks for creating this app! It compares very well with the much more expensive ($100) beacon clock that MFJ makes, and the price is certainly right! This is especially useful for me because I spend more time operating HF mobile than at home. Having this is my pocket is especially convenient then.
Dave - K7DAA
Best of show!
This is definitely the one to get! It's especially handy in the mobile. Danny has devised a super way to get around the iPhone clock error so that the program has good time.
I've tried them all and this is by far the best and the only one left on my iPhone.
The developer, Danny Goodman, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.
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- Danny Goodman
- 3.7 MB
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
- Requires iPadOS 8.0 or later.
- iPod touch
- Requires iOS 8.0 or later.
- Requires macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with Apple M1 chip or later.
- Age Rating
- ©2009-2015 by Danny Goodman
Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.