Where do I find this DX?
On the 160 Meter Band:
CW and RTTY DX will be usually be found between 1800 to 1830 kHz
AM, SSB, SSTV usually between 1840 to 2000kHz – (on SSB try to stay ABOVE 1842.5 kHz)
DX SSB QSOs are usually made between 1840 to 1850 kHz. The CW “DX WINDOW” is between 1820 to 1830 kHz with 1823 and 1824 kHz being preferred frequencies.
1850 to 1930 kHz is used by Ex-USSR and Eastern European stations.
1907.5 kHz to 1912.5 kHz is used by Japanese SSB stations that will announce that they are “listening DOWN” and will work you “SPLIT” between 1820 kHz and 1835 kHz.
Japanese CW stations operate from 1820 kHz to 1840 kHz.
On the 80 Meter Band:
The low end of the US SSB band is used for DX from 3600 to 3800 kHz – mostly TRANSCEIVE operation. Remember that ONLY Extra Class hams can operate between 3600 and 3775 kHz!
3790 to 3800 kHz is considered the “SSB DX WINDOW” on this band.
Many DX stations will operate SPLIT on this band calling below 3800 kHz and announcing where they are “listening UP”.
On the 80 Meter Band (continued):
An example of this might be: EA5BW is calling on 3740 kHz and announces “listening on this frequency (for other DX stations) and 3785”.
LISTEN for many DX stations calling on 3640 kHz and “listening UP” for US stations. Ex – USSR stations cannot XMIT above 3650 kHz SSB (EXCEPTION: They can XMIT up to 3800 kHz during contests).
On CW most DX stations operate between 3501 and 3510 kHz and sometimes from 3525 to 3530 kHz
QRP CW may be found around 3560 kHz or on 3579.5 kHz
On the 40 Meter Band:
For many years the portion of the band from 7100–7300 kHz has been allocated to short wave broadcasters outside the Americas and not available to radio amateurs outside ITU Region 2. At the World Radio Conference WRC-03 in 2003, it was agreed that the broadcast stations would move out of the section 7100–7200 kHz on 29 March 2009 and that portion would become a worldwide exclusive amateur allocation afterward. Releasing the remaining 100 kHz of the band to amateurs at a later date is an IARU aim for future conferences.Working DX on SSB on this band is almost always done as a SPLIT operation.
The US SSB band is from 7125 to 7300 kHz but there’s also South and Central Americans as well as African and Australian/New Zealand stations that can be worked here in TRANSCEIVE mode. European and Asian SSB stations will be found between 7060 and 7200 kHz too.
Most DX stations on CW will be found between 7000 and 7010 kHz — BUT due to the strong competition for space on this band, you may find DX stations up to 7025 kHz and sometimes, even higher
QRP US CW operation will be around 7040 kHz (± QRM) — DX QRPers are around 7030 kHz
On the 20 Meter Band:
The SSB DX “CALLING frequency” is 14195 kHz
A lot of DX will be heard below 14150 kHz… BUT the DX will be working each other here.
Most DX SSB operations are generally found between 14190 kHz and 14200 kHz either working in TRANSCEIVE or SPLIT modes.
Most DX CW operation is between 14000 and 14010 kHz operating either TRANSCEIVE or SPLIT
The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) DX beacons are found on 14100 kHz. Each 10 Minute transmission starts with QST DE 4U1N/B (New York). A 10 Minute sequence starts with a one minute beacon each from NY, CA, HI, Japan, Israel, Finland, Madeira Is., So. Africa and Argentina, then the last minute in each sequence is silent.. then the sequence is repeated…. These beacons indicate where the 20 Meter band is open to and is real-time propagation info. Beacons are good for making propagation charts and comparing A and K levels and SF number. A very good place to check or compare your antennas and beam headings as these beacons use four continuous tones for nine seconds each at different power levels from 100W to 1/10 of a watt each time. Beacon stations are identified with /B at the end of each callsign.
QRP CW is found around 14060 kHz
On the 15 Meter Band:
The SSB DX “CALLING frequency” is 21295 kHz
A lot of DX can be heard below 21150 kHz, but DX stations are usually working each other here.
DX SSB operations will usually be found between 21200 and 21350 kHz either working TRANSCEIVE or SPLIT. Don’t neglect to look up to 21400 kHz though… sometimes QSL managers will be working their DX stations here trading log and QSL info.
On CW most DX operations will be found between 21000 and 21010 kHz TRANSCEIVE or SPLIT
QRP CW is around 21060 kHz
On the 10 Meter Band:
The SSB DX “CALLING frequency” is 28495 kHz
SSB DX can be found all over this band between 28300 and 28900 kHz TRANSCEIVE or SPLIT
On CW most DX operations will be found between 28000 and 28010 kHz TRANSCEIVE or SPLIT
In the CW band, you may also hear many illegal “freebanders”, taxis and other SSB and AM chatter.
DX CW ID beacons can be found here between 28190 and 28225 kHz (Many beacons found here)
See ARRL manual for complete listing and frequencies. The same is true for beacons on 6 Meters and all other bands up to the 10 gHz band.
QRP CW is found around 28060 kHz
On the 30 Meter Band:
This is a CW ONLY band. Power is limited to 200W. DX is usually found between 10100 and 10110 kHz but mostly to the lower side of this band (below 10110 kHz). DX operators seem to favor the even numbered frequencies on this band, eg.. 10102, 10104, 10106 and 10108 kHz.
NO CONTESTS are allowed to be operated on the WARC Bands (12 Meters, 17 Meters & 30 Meters)
On the 17 Meter Band:
CW DX operations usually announced around 18078 kHz
SSB DX operations usually announced around 18128 kHz
On the 12 Meter Band:
CW DX operations usually announced around 24905 kHz
SSB DX operations usually announced around 24940 kHz