HamSphere Newsletter Feb 2013
2013-02-18 01:28


Dear HamSphere Operators

Welcome to the Feb 2013 Edition of the HamSphere Newsletter! Lots of stuff so here we go:


New DXHC Awards

HamSphere proudly presents three new North American Awards: Worked 25 US States, Worked All States and Worked 10 Canadian Provinces or Territories. When it comes to State and Province location we rely entirely on Geo IP tracking. It is the IP number that determines the location, but if you find any discrepancies or you know that we have the wrong location, we can always correct this. Please let us know if you want to correct a location of a US/Canadian operator.




There are 56 European countries and we have created three challenging European Awards. Work 40, 45 and 50 European countries.



Click here for more info about the new awards


Unconfirmed Countries/States/Provinces

You can now use our system for Unconfirmed Countries/States/Provinces etc.You will get an instant update of what Countries/States you need to work to get your prestigious awards.

Click here to see what Countries/States you need to work

The system will present ISO codes as well as the International HS Country code. For Canada and USA it will show you the State abreviation and name.




State/Province now listed in cluster

Each DX Cluster on HamSphere now has State and Province information for USA and Canadian operators. This is helpful information when you are working North American stations.



QSO Matching

Some users have asked us about the QSO matching for awards. This is the way it works:

A verified QSO (Contact) requires a sent and received QSL card.
In your log book you will find two squares, S and R which will turn red and green when you have sent a QSL and received a QSL for a QSO.
As you know you will click the grey S to send a card and it will turn red when the card has been sent. The R will then turn green when the other station has sent you a confirming card for that same QSO.

When you look in your logstats page you will find your log book, At the end of each logged row you will find two X like XX when both a QSL has been sent and QSL has been received. The trick is the have XX = Both Sent and Received QSL cards = A verified QSO. Good luck!




Contests

The HamSphere International DX Contest was held Saturday to Sunday 2013-02-23 00:00 to 2013-02-24 23:59.
A total of 10300 QSOs were filed from 475 contestants. Contest results will be displayed in a week on the Contest Forum.


Contest Results



Here are the results from the HamSphere Christmas contest 2012 that was held 26 Dec 2012 between 08:30 and 11.00 UTC.
The results are based on a properly filled out logbook, verified log entry and that power limitation were kept.
Congratulations to Martin 161HS363 who won this contest with the score of 1300. He managed to get 52 QSOs and 24 multipliers

Results: "HamSphere Christmas contest", 26 Dec 2012
1st, 161HS363, POLAND, 1300 points
2nd, LY3BHY, LITHUANIA, 968 points
3rd, CT2EHF, PORTUGAL, 805 points


New Servers

We have invested in new powerful 8 core servers located in Strasbourg, France and St. Louis, Missouri. These servers are more powerful than the old cloud servers in London and Chicago. We also run an 8 core server in Stockholm as well as a 4 core Greenqloud server in Reykjavik, Iceland.


DX Cluster Updates/Changes

We have now implemented a more realistic DX Cluster in the Transceiver. It lists only transmitting stations and the last frequency they were QRV on which is a big advantage when you are QSO-ing. Transmitting stations will always be presented at the top. The cluster makes more sense and it is not so cluttered. If you want to show up in the cluster, just hit the PTT on a specific frequency and you will pop up immediately.

If you bring up the WEB Cluster http://www.hamsphere.com/cluster.php you will find all logged on stations, even stations that do not transmit.


Learning channels

Newcomers to HamSphere will in the future be able to listen to "Learning Channels" which will be automated stations looping on the Ham Bands of HamSphere. These learning station will describe Amateur Radio concepts and operation ethics as well as practical tips and tricks.


Reworked Forum

As some of you may have seen we have reorganized the HamSphere Forum
The forum is now more structurized and we have added a new forum for Contesting. Most of the spread out Manuals have been compiled into the "Manuals" forum.


HamSphere DXHC Top-1000



We have now expanded from Top-200 to Top-1000 operators.
It is wonderful to see so many avid DXers on HamSphere. The list has also been expanded to cover the new European and North American awards.
Click here to see the HamSphere Top-1000





DX Countries



Since the beginning of 2013 a total of 176 different countries and 8200 users registered an account with HamSphere.

Rare DX Operators from the following countries have been active (And verified via IP-number) on HamSphere over the past month.

SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES, MOZAMBIQUE, BENIN, JERSEY, MALI
MALDIVES, CAYMAN ISLANDS, CHAD, ST. KITTS, NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS
BELIZE, ETHIOPIA, VIET NAM, BOTSWANA, CONGO, SAMOA, CAMEROON, CURACAO, NEPAL


Featured Bloggers on HamSphere.NET

http://sv9kir.hamsphere.net/ Dimitrios Blog, Crete, Greece
http://m0wwd.hamsphere.net/ James Blog, Devon, UK
http://ea7fmt.hamsphere.net/ Nicolas Blog, Huelva, Spain
http://68hs339.hamsphere.net/ Tonys Blog, Coleraine, Northern Ireland
http://57hs797.hamsphere.net/ Tilroys Blog, Goa, India
http://2hs1434.hamsphere.net/ Steves Blog, Philadelphia, USA

If you are keen on starting your own Ham Blog, please go to: http://www.hamsphere.net


New Functions in Transceiver

You can now use the /lookup command with parts of call signs. If you for instance want to search all 2HS stations, you just type /lookup 2hs in the chat.


Android Beta app works well


After many months of testing we are now presenting the latest Android beta version. The reason it is still in beta is that we still have some features to work out. But the app is working great and it can be downloaded from HamSphere Android Beta.



How to subscribe to HamSphere

We often get the question "how can can you subscribe to HamSphere?" We have three payment options:

1. Pay with PayPal
2. Pay with an IBAN Bank Transfer
3. Pay with cash via registered mail.


Admin Support

If you need an admin, please write admin and the frequency such as "admin 50140" in the cluster!

There are a number of Admins who can support operators and help new stations on HamSphere. Their role is to monitor the bands to ensure that all members operate correctly. Observing the band plans and correct procedures is a key factor of the success of HamSphere which is why the admin operators who help support it are keen to ensure that everyone plays fairly. Admins will take action if the rules are not being maintained. In the end the hobby is about having fun, meeting new people and enjoying the world of communication.


Tell a friend

Did you know that you can easily tell your friends about HamSphere and get bonus subscription days? For each friend that signs up you get between 10-15 days extra bonus on your subscription. So tell all your friends about HamSphere via this link.


Hamsphere Facebook Groups

The HamSphere official FaceBook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/hamsphere/
The Datamodes on HamSphere page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/hamspheredatamodes/
The HamSphere SSTV Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/174521919305397/
The HamSphere WeFax Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/117605018396965/


Hamsphere Swag store

Don't forget to visit the Hamsphere Swag store! Pick up hats and t-shirts.




Audio Testing

Help make Hamsphere sound good! When you log on....
go to 160 meters and dial in 01.823.45 and do a 10 sec audio test.
Adjust your audio so you will sound great to the other users....help make Hamsphere sound great!
Do you have a question or need help with Hamsphere? ...Remember to use the Support page!


SSTV News



In the last few months we have been experimenting with a number of datamodes on Hamsphere including RTTY, PSK31 and MT63 1000.

Tests with MT63 have been particularly successful with the ability to run very low powers, and operate close to other signals on the band and still achieve 100%. Fast throughput of data is possible and it also works very well across all servers.

Starting frequency for datamodes tends to be around 10120 or 10130, with SSTV sitting on 10140 or 10160. CW mode is also used and a number of stations are keen CW operators. For those whose CW receiving ability is weak FLDIGI will also decode morse code very successfully.

Software: FLDIGI is a popular choice for datamodes, but also MT63 Terminal by IZ8BLY is a good choice. Stations are also using MIXW, and HRD Digital master. MMSSTV is the software of choice for SSTV.

We hope that datamodes activity will increase as more stations gain confidence using it. Help with configuring software and PC settings is available through the facebook group 73 de Mike G0AMO.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/hamspheredatamodes/


BC Band 48 meters

Steve Miller is running the DX Power Hour Of Music only found on HamSphere 48 meter Band..
Upcoming broadcasts:

1) February 24th @ 1600 UTC 3pm EST again at 2000 UTC 7pm EST. 06.225.00 mhz.

We have received some questions about reorganising the BC band frequencies and make some coordination among those. We will cover that later in the news section.




Networks

Ole Codgers Net, First Monday each month 21:00 UTC 10m 28.480.00 kHz,
Cod-gers net forum thread


Support


By using our Support Ticket System you can file a support message/question and you will have a reply within 24 hours.

http://www.hamsphere.com/support


Lost Password

How do I get a new password? We get this question often.
Here are two links to fix this.

Click here to get a new password
or
Click here to set your own password

If it still doesn't work, please contact our support and we will manually give you a new password.


HamSphere on Twitter and FaceBook

Thank you for all your Likes on FaceBook !!
And thank you to almost 3000 followers on Twitter. Super!!






Thank you for your continued Support.

Kelly 5B4AIT
HamSphere Founder