HF and DX

DXing is the hobby of receiving and identifying distant radio or television signals, or making two way radio contact with distant stations in amateur radio, or other two way radio communications. Many DXers also attempt to obtain written verifications of reception or contact, sometimes referred to as "QSLs" or "veries". The name of the hobby comes from DX, telegraphic shorthand for "distance" or "distant".

The practice of DXing arose during the early days of radio broadcasting. Listeners would mail "reception reports" to radio broadcasting stations in hopes of getting a written acknowledgement or a QSL card that served to officially verify they had heard a distant station. Collecting these cards became popular with radio listeners in the 1920's and 1930's, and reception reports were often used by early broadcasters to gauge the effectiveness of their transmissions. Although international shortwave broadcasts are on the decline, DXing remains popular among dedicated shortwave listeners and amateur radio operators. The pursuit of two-way contact between distant amateur radio operators is also a significant activity within the amateur radio hobby, and one that many members of YRARC enjoy.

If you need a list of Country codes so you can keep track, you can get it here in Excel DXCCbyPrefix or here in PDF.

An amazing on-line propagation tool can be found here: http://www.voacap.com/prediction.html

Another good DX resource is here: http://www.dxmaps.com/spots/map.php
Give them a go. With the low sun spot cycle you need all the help you can get.