WA8LMF Home Page | Main Ham Radio Page | Updated 30 April 2021   

Click on the buttons below to go to the various
WA8LMF  APRS mapping webservers.

NOTE:  As of 1 May 2021, these APRS mapping pages are  being served from my home on an  ACD.net  fiber connection with 100 Mb/sec upload speed instead of the .5 Mb/sec up of the former Comcast cable modem.  You should notice far better load times for these maps than in the past.    

 

 2 Meters VHF    ISS Satgate 

 

 

30 Meters HF

 AX.25 Packet     FLdigi Modes

 

 

60 Meters HF

 AX.25 Packet     FLdigi Modes
(Not always up)

 

 

 Special Events Webserver 
(Typically used for balloon launches, hamfests, etc.)

 

 IARU Beacons Monitor 
(Real-Time Monitoring of the 20, 17, 15, 12
and 10-meter IARU HF Propagation Beacons.)
 

NOTE 1:  This webserver is using  TCP/IP ports14439, 14441, 14443, 14445 & 14447  rather than the customary port 80 for http .   As a result, you may not be able to access it from some corporate or government Internet connections that severely firewall or otherwise restrict access to uncommon port numbers.

NOTE 2:  Radio propagation (i.e. reception) on 30 and 60 meters HF is highly sensitive to the level of solar activity.  When the solar X-ray flux plotted on the graph below has a baseline above the first major division, or spikes upward (i.e. a solar flare), 30 meters will have very poor conditions, or black out completely, causing very few (or no stations at all) to show on the HF map.

X-ray radiation from the sun travels at the speed of light, reaching the earth in about 8 minutes.   When these intense blasts of X-rays reach the earth, they can temporarily disrupt the ionized layers of the earth's upper atmosphere (the ionosphere). These layers are responsible for reflecting long-range (beyond the horizon) HF radio signals back to earth.  The result is a weakening or even complete fade-out of HF radio signals.


Real-Time Solar Activity Monitor (Last 72 Hours)
Graph from NOAA website of solar X-Ray flux.
(Courtesy of US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration
 at https://services.swpc.noaa.gov/images/swx-overview-large.gif


More solar activity information.
The changing values on this display are, again, due to the
ever-changing flow of energy and charged particles from the sun.

Courtesy of Paul L Herrman  N0NBH  http://www.hamqsl.com/solar.html

 

Still more solar activity information
presented in the style of a local TV weather forecast.

http://SpaceWeatherWoman.com

 

We seem to be at the rock-bottom of the roughly 11-year-long solar activity cycle.
From NOAA Spaceweather Prediction Center
https://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/solar-cycle-progression

Click/Tap on Graph for Currrent Update


Background on the WA8LMF Webserver Setup

The WA8LMF APRS webserver produces multiple map displays.

These displays are generated by 10 copies of UIview running simultaneously on the same computer. They are served by the UI-Webserver component of five of those copies of UI-View32  The VHF, ISS "Satgate", Special Event and 60-meter instances are running in 4 separate VMware virtual machines using micro-Server2003. The HF page is running directly on the Win7-64 host. All instances are connected to APRS Internet servers using filter ports set to receive JUST my own callsigns, the ISS space station object, and the US National Weather Service feed.   All stations heard off-the-air in all instances are passed to the APRS Internet System; i.e. all instances function as igates.

All instances of UIview are set to capture and date-time-stamp an image of their map automatically every 2 minutes.

All of this, along with EchoLink, mmSSTV and EasyPal "digital" SSTV is running on an Acer E3-111 11.8" "netbook" PC dedicated to 24/7 "Ham SuperServer" duty.  (Review here)