Here are tools and sources for propagation conditions, conditionshttp://www.solarham.net/news.htm
Alerts and summaries, in plain languagehttp://www.solarham.net/index.htm
Real Time Global F2 Map, Australianhttp://www.ips.gov.au/Images/HF%20Systems/Global%20HF/Ionospheric%20Map/WorldIMap0.gif
Strip chart of alerts
VOACAP Free prediction program.
------------------------ My favorites------------http://www.dxatlas.com/ionoprobe/
Monitor and Alerting program for PC systray, about $25, very good. Will feed data to free charting and prediction program HamCAP (a graphic interface for VOACAP).http://www.hamqsl.com/solar.html
Free desktop gadgets, very good
"HAM" for Android
Free HAMCAP graphic interface for VOACAP. EXCELLENTARRL Propagation Articles:http://www.arrl.org/propagation-of-rf-signals
There are also several sites with real time contact and spotting data. I'll leave that for others to address.