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How a Signal Gets From Your Antenna to the Other Stations Antenna


If one is ignorant of what happens to a signal after it leaves one's antenna then one is going by shear luck.  One needs to know if one is using the right band, proper emission type for a given time in the sunspot cycle, at a iven tiem of day.  Learning the basics of propagation is essential.     

Links
Rick Johnson, AE3C

Well written user beginner's overview article on propagation. 


American Radio Relay League

A complete course on propagation. 


W6ELProp

A very helpful straight forward, easy to use free propagation software written by Shel Shallon, W6EL, electrical engineer and top ranked DXer.   


Dan McGuire, AC6LA's, Antenna Modeling Software Link Page

To understand propagation and antennas it is very helpful to see how the antenna radiates.  Modeling software has taken serious study of propagation and antennas to an unprecedeneted height. 


Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU's Propagation Software Advice

Stan has written nearly 600 articles on amateur radio and is a Contributing Editor of QST magazine. 


Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU's Review of VHF Propagation Software

Most propagation software is written for HF.  Here's a review of software written for VHF.