High Frequency (HF) radio is a lot of fun. It’s one of the primary reasons ham radio operators upgrade from technician to the general license class. There are tons of great resources around the Internet that help you be a better operator on these bands. We’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite tools that you should have bookmarked.

Propagation networks / REMOTE monitoring

PSKReporter – Map digital reception reports for various ham radio digital modes including FT8, FT4, WSPR and more. Great for learning about propagation in real-time as you operate.

Voice of America Coverage Analysis Program (VOACAP) – This is a free professional high-frequency (HF) propagation prediction software that was initially developed for Voice of America (VOA) shortwave radio. Now you can enjoy this excellent propagation prediction tool to see when and where your signal may be heard.

Proppy – Another online propagation prediction that helps predict where your signal could be heard on a given band among other features.

Reverse Beacon Network – The Reverse Beacon Network is a network of ham radio stations listening to the bands and reporting what stations they hear, when, and how well.

KiwiSDR – Collection of web-based receivers from around the world you can use via your desktop computer or smartphone to listen to HF frequencies.

WebSDR –  Directory of Software-Defined Radio receivers connected to the internet, allowing many listeners to listen and tune it simultaneously.

UtahSDR – One of our favorite SDRs on the Internet. Located in northern Utah, the phenomenal antennas and reliability of this remote SDR really sets it apart from others.

FT8 Digital Mode

WSJT-X – WSJT-X is the software that allows you to operate FT8. The software integrates with your HF radio and is the primary FT8 software suite.

GridTracker – If you’re into FT8 — you need this software. It runs alongside WSJT-X and provides a host of benefits that are incredible. This will change your FT8 operating experience!