Here's a great write-up by our own N8TCQ about using DXSummit to find DX contacts.
First is my favorite, DXSummit. This link is customized for you in Ohio. When you click on it and it starts up you will see at the top of the page a list of the filters I applied. There's all of HF, no VHF, UHF, SHF, CW or DIGI, I excluded those, that's why they show up in RED. The ITU and CQ Zones you see are the ones that surround you in Ohio and that means you are seeing DX reports originating from only those zones. You can further customize this website by clicking on the little "X" in the upper right hand corner of each little box. If you want to include CW, click on the X in the corner of that box. Note that the box is colored RED, that means it is an exclusion. If you want to add a particular filter, click on the + (plus) sign at the top left of the list and it will give you quite a list! Even though I excluded CW you'll probably see the lower end of the bands pop up anyway. I'm not sure why that is. Poor programming? Probably. If you want to see "ALL" the DX that's out there no matter who is reporting it just remove all filters. That can be done by clicking on the plus sign in the upper left hand corner where it says "Filters", then click on "Clear filters". I figure I don't really need to know what guys in California are hearing though! If you want to see a specific band and you haven't chosen any filters or cleared them all, you can do that too. First you have to look up at the upper right hand corner straight across from the filters. There are 2 slide switches, from a fresh start you will see "dx" and below that "inc". If you click on the letters "dx" in the first switch it will change to "de" meaning now the filters you choose will show information "FROM" the filters you choose. So, if you want to see what's being reported on 40 meters from all over the planet, you make sure that slide switch shows "de" , click on the "plus" to the left of "Filters" in the upper left corner of the list straight across from the "de" and the list of filters drops down. Click on 7MHz, under the "Include selections" column, then click on "Set filters" that is just above the words "Exclude selections", and then it will refresh and show you only 40 meter reports. Easy huh? Let's say you want to see 40 meter CW. Do exactly as before but also click on "CW" Mode under the "Include selections" column. Again, click on "Set filters" and it will refresh. If you want to only see the listings from ITU Zone 8, make sure you have that slider switch showing "de", then in the search box just to the right, type the number 8. A menu drops down with a list of options, "Countries", "ITU Zones", "CQ Zones". Click on the number "8" under "ITU Zones" and the list will refresh showing reports for 40 meter CW being reported from (de) ITU Zone 8.
Here's the link for 40 meter CW ITU Zone 8 :
There are also tutorials about how to use the site to your best advantage. Way up in the top of the entire page, just under the graphic that says : RADIO-X-ARCALA is the option in much smaller font that says : "Tutorials".
Just for grins and giggles follow that line where the tutorials link is over to the middle of the screen and you will see a heading called : "Radio Arcala". Click on that and a new tab opens to the home page of the people that run the DXSummit website. The picture at the top is NOT an artists conception of a really huge antenna system, it IS what they use!!! Drop down a little below that on the left side is a menu, click on "Station", then click on "Towers and Antennas". I think you'll be impressed. You can scroll down the page to see all their towers and antennas. You can click on the individual pictures to see a bigger view. If you scroll down far enough you'll see the listing for "Tower 7 (M7)", the red and white antenna system is what they use on 160 & 80 meters, IT IS A BEAM!!! Made out of tower sections! YIKES!!! The remaining descriptions and pictures are various shots of the 160 / 80 meter setup. Note the picture with the car sitting on top of the 160 meter element to boom joint. Puts it in perspective doesn't it! These guys weren't just fooling around with antenna systems!
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73 and good DX,
Felipe - PY1NB