HamSphere Newsletter December 2016
2016-12-01 22:36




Season’s Greetings

Welcome to the December 2016 Edition of the HamSphere Newsletter.
Season’s Greetings for this time of the year!


HamSphere 3.0 News


HamSphere 3.0 Christmas Contest 2016

The HamSphere DXHC DX HamSphere Club has the honor to invite amateurs and enthusiasts to participate in the annual XMAS-Contest. Each station may be worked one time on 3.5 MHz and one time on 7 MHz. The station calling CQ must QSY after the QSO, leaving the frequency to the station that answered his/her call.

Contest begins 2016-12-26 08:30 and ends 2016-12-26 10:59.

Click here to join in advance: http://www.hamsphere.com/contest.php?mode=edit&contest_id=316


HamSphere 4.0 News


The North American Low Frequency Contest 2016

Contest begins: 3 Dec 2016 at 00:00 UTC.

NA LF Contest objective: For HS4 operators around the world to contact other HS4 operators in as many U.S. states, Canadian provinces/territories, and countries as possible thus promoting new US and Canada Awards introduced in HS4.
Bands: 80, 60, 40 and 30m

Winners:
Top 3 scorers US/Canada
Top 3 scorers in Europe & Asia
Top 3 scorers in South America, Central America & Caribbean islands, Africa, Australia & Oceania

Prizes:
1st prize: 30 HS Credits + Certificate
2nd prize: 20 HS Credits
3rd prize: 15 HS Credits

Click here to join in advance: http://hs40.hamsphere.com/contest.php?mode=edit&contest_id=424


The North American High Frequency Contest 2016

Contest begins: 17 Dec 2016 at 00:00 UTC

NA LF Contest objective: For HS4 operators around the world to contact other HS4 operators in as many U.S. states, Canadian provinces/territories, and countries as possible thus promoting new US and Canada Awards introduced in HS4.
Bands: 20, 17, 15 and 12m (If you want to perform in this contest, make sure you have the right gear. Proper equipment is essential in these low sunspot cycles. Check out the antennas here: http://shop.hamsphere.com/index.php/antennas-c-3)


Winners:
Top 3 scorers US/Canada
Top 3 scorers in Europe & Asia,
Top 3 scorers in South America, Central America & Caribbean islands, Africa, Australia & Oceania

Prizes:
1st prize: 30 HS Credits + Certificate
2nd prize: 20 HS Credits
3rd prize: 15 HS Credits

Click here to join in advance: http://hs40.hamsphere.com/contest.php?mode=edit&contest_id=434


HamSphere Christmas Gifts

HamSphere is giving you two early Christmas Gifts for your HamSphere 4.0 transceiver. You can download the Purple Alan skin and the new WX Module that presents the local weather with a 10-minute interval both for free.

The Free Purple Alan Skin



Click here to download: http://shop.hamsphere.com/product_info.php/purple-alan-p-172614


Free WX Data Plug-in.
Presents the current weather situation near your coordinates updated every 10 minutes.

It contains the following data:
Weather location
Current temp
Pressure
Humidity
Visibility
Wind speed/dir
Clouds

Click here to download: http://shop.hamsphere.com/product_info.php/data-216x216-p-172684


HamSphere 4.0 Android

HamSphere 4.0 for Android will be ready for testing soon. We have developed a number of new plugins for the new system such as: VFO, Antenna Selector, BandScope/Waterfall, QSL Module, Rotator, Oscilloscope, etc. Here are some screen captures from the new app. The app is designed in 3 parts; Top, Mid-section and Bottom. The mid-section is swipeable and here is where you install your plug-ins. The Top and Bottom sections always stay fixed with a clear LCD display and a large PTT button.



If you want to become a beta tester for the Android phone, please send a request to the Support forum at http://www.hamsphere.com/support

Initially we planned to have this app ready before the end of the year, but we have had some complications with the new Mobile Shop so expect it to be ready Q1, 2017. Testing will commence ASAP.


HamSphere 4.0 Video tutorials

If you missed the video tutorials for HamSphere 4.0 by Mike, WB7ECW, you can find them here:

http://hs40.hamsphere.com/videos.php?external


HamSphere 4.0 Server Locations

Server 1: St. Louis, US
Server 2: Frankfurt, DE
Server 3: Paris, FR
Server 7: Kansas City, US
Server 9: Atlanta, US
Server 10: Munich, DE



HamSphere Nets


India DX Net

IDX Net is a worldwide net. Please check our operating time and frequency below. Come and join us regularly for on-air live discussions.

India DX Net operating schedule:
Frequency: 28.455 MHz (10m band)
Net Time: 13:30 UTC onwards Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.
Platform: HamSphere 3.0 (with sessions on HamSphere 4.0)

Net Control Station: VU2NSB (Basu)

Our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/HamSphere.IDXnet.HF.radio/

HamSphere 60 Meter North American Net

The net runs Monday through Thursday @ 01:00 UTC on 60 Meter Band @ 5.330 MHz on HamSphere 4.0. The net is active for 1:30 Minutes with participation by several North American, Central American and Canadian stations due to the propagation patterns on the 60 Meter band.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/northamerica60meternet/

HamSphere 80m Early Birds

5:00 AM EDT/ 0900 UTC (or so) WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE NET FOR NORTH AMERICAN HAMSPHERE OPERATORS. 3.760.00 MHZ on HamSphere 4 (c)


Tony's Net

Tony's Net runs 5 days a week, Monday to Friday on HamSphere 3.0, 18.155 MHz from 19:00 - 21:00 UTC.

We want to welcome all users on HamSphere to join us Monday thru Friday at 19:00 hrs UTC to 21: 00 hrs UTC using HamSphere 3.0.

Turn your dial to 18.155 frequency on 17 meters and enjoy the fun.

Your host is: The Irish Legend himself - Tony Sweeney 29HS132.

This is an open forum and we would like your input on different topics to help make this interesting and beneficial for all to enjoy and above all to have fun - this is the people's net. Topics from questions about HS 3/4 to Tony's favorite subject - FOOD and everything in between. There will always be a wee bit of a laugh from the Irish Legend himself. Come check it out and have some fun with us.

What: Tony's Net
Who: Tony - The Irish Legend - 29HS132
When: Monday - Friday 19:00 hrs to 21:00 hrs UTC
Where: 18.155 freq. 17 meter band

Paul
2HS3433

The HamSphere Late Night DX-Gang







DXpedition Reports and Special Event Stations (SES)




Due to other duties, Marcin Wieczerzyński 161HS363 has left as DXpedition Coordinator and we thank him for his long and faithful service. We now welcome Pat 14HS1 who will be managing the expedition requests. HamSphere DXpedition has a forum page where you can read more about DXpeditions and the requirements: http://www.hamsphere.com/list.php?34

HamSphere will not endorse, support or sponsor any other special activation call signs other than DX-Expeditions so please do not ask for special call signs for special events.

IMPORTANT! Make sure you plan your DX-Expeditions and have all "Special" call signs prepared and in working order BEFORE you head out. Please contact Pat 14HS1 to provide you with Special Activation call signs.

Our authorized "Expedition" call signs will be very specific. We are starting out with the IOTA (Trademark of RSGB) Island On The Air concept. We will call this IOHS = Islands on HamSphere. Later on we may extend these DX-Expeditions to cover Lighthouses, Castles or other exciting fixed landmarks.

Manager and Moderator for this forum is Pat 14HS1

IOHS-EU005 Great Britain Island

By 177HS337 Sunil
QTH: Great Britain Island
Date: from 03 Dec 2016 to 15 Dec 2016

51HS4164

By 14HS4164 Nicolas
QTH: Grandvalira Estació de Ski Grau Roig
Date: 2 Dec 2016 au 23 Dec 2016

"Arctic Tour" by WL1B Brandin

OX3/WL1B - Greenland
VE8/WL1B - Northwest Territories
VY0/WL1B - Nunavut
VY1/WL1B - Yukon

January 25-26, 2017: Whitehorse, Yukon
January 28-30, 2017: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
February 2-5, 2017: Repulse Bay, Nunavut
February 7-10, 2017: Arctic Bay, Nunavut
February 12-13, 2017: Igloolik, Nunavut
February 16-27, 2017: Grise Fiord, Nunavut
March 3-5, 2017: Qaanaaq, Greenland (Thule, Greenland)
March 7-10, 2017: Resolute, Nunavut
March 11-12, 2017: Daneborg, Greenland
March 14-19, 2017: Nuuk, Greenland
March 20-22, 2017: Iqaluit, Nunavut
March 23, 2017: Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
March 26-29, 2017: Dawson City, Yukon

2017 will be THE year for the IOHS activity on HamSphere
Lot of activities will pop up on bands from islands around the world.
If you like making your own activation from an island please contact 14HS1
Contact me via PM at: http://www.hamsphere.com/pm.php?5,page=send,to_id=1660536

Share your HamSphere QSL Cards;
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1420003911568854/

73 de
Pat 14HS1


Contest Results


Late Night DX Gang Worldwide Prefixes Contest 2016

Here are the results from the "Late Night DX Gang Worldwide Prefixes contest 2016" that was held 19 Nov.

Congratulations to these winners:

1st place – Pat, 14HS1 is awarded 100 HS Credits
2nd place – Dainius, M0HMJ is awarded 80 HS Credits
3rd place – Andy, SP2DNI is awarded 50 HS Credits
4th place – George, VO2AA is awarded 30 HS Credits
5th place – Igor, UA9UCO is awarded 20 HS Credits
6th place – Alexander, RA9CUH is awarded 10 HS Credits

HamSphere extends a big Thank You to all participants!

Find the complete list here: http://hs40.hamsphere.com/64_40024_read.html


BC Band News

The following BC stations have been active on HamSphere 4.0 during November 2016.

RADIO_1945 6252kHz, Genk, Belgium
RADIO_COOL 6295kHz, Gaffney SC, USA
RADIO_DODO 6220kHz, Denekamp, Holland
RADIO_DTSS 6270kHz, Silver Spring MD, USA
RADIO_ELVR 6240kHz, Heerhugowaard, Holland
RADIO_LULU 6277kHz, Cosne Sur Loire, France
RADIO_NRG 6265kHz, Nelson, United Kingdom
RADIO_PENY 6275kHz, Ruffs Dale PA, USA
RADIO_PHLY 6205kHz, Roxborough PA, USA
RADIO_SKIS 6280kHz, Albufeira-Algarve, Portugal
RADIO_SQRA 6290kHz, Cordenons, Italy
RADIO_ULM 6260kHz, Ulm, Germany
RADIO_ZETA 6225kHz, Elizabethtown KY, USA

We have also some automated stations:

BC100 6230kHz, Hamilton, BERMUDA (Music One)
BC101 6245kHz, Darwin, AUSTRALIA (BBC4)
BC102 6215kHz, Bremerhaven, GERMANY (AFN Bremerhafen)
BC103 6222kHz, Keflavik, ICELAND (The Happy Station)
BC104 3740kHz, St. Petersburg, RUSSIAN FEDERATION (URD Replica)
BC105 10125kHz, Antibes, FRANCE (SSTV Test)
BC107 6285kHz, Honolulu, UNITED STATES (Amateur Radio Newsline)
BC108 21220kHz, Pretoria, SOUTH AFRICA (SARL News Bulletin)
BC109 6235kHz, London ON, CANADA (Radio London)

Find more about HS4 Broadcasting in the DJing in the BC Band Facebook group:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/djin.in.the.bc.band/


The HamSphere Web Forums

Use our HamSphere forums for discussions and useful information:

HamSphere 3.0: http://hamsphere.com/forum
HamSphere 4.0: http://hs4.hamsphere.com/forum


Download the software


Download HamSphere 3.0 for Windows, Linux and Mac

Download HamSphere 4.0 for Windows, Linux and Mac



Use the Support Ticket System

We have a 24-hour support ticket system where you can get support regarding anything about HamSphere.

* Changing call signs
* Technical problems
* Suggestions
* General questions, etc.

http://www.hamsphere.com/support

And remember; always state the HamSphere system (3.0 or 4.0) including operating system and computer model such as Windows, Mac or Linux etc for faster support. You can also attach a screenshot of the issue, if you like.

We have a special Facebook page for HamSphere 4.0 support:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1467781153543883/

Geert 13HS575
HamSphere Support


How to Subscribe


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Click here if you are interested in subscribing to HamSphere and get all the features.

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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

We have now received over 51000 recommendations on Facebook – Thank you FB users.
And Thank You to over 8500 followers on Twitter. Super!!

Follow HamSphere 4.0 on Facebook

There is so much information on all of our Facebook Groups to help you with queries so please; any questions just ask away, someone will be around to help you. If you haven't joined any of our Facebook groups, do a search for "HamSphere" and you will find them and click on join to become a member.





And our Facebook group

Thank you for your interest and your continued Support.

Kelly 5B4AIT
HamSphere Founder