Welcome to the Dec 2017 Edition of the HamSphere Newsletter. Greetings for the season. We have a lot of good stuff coming your way so here we go:
Elmers/Admins on HamSphere
HamSphere has an administration team behind the scenes who deal with different things on the system such as server administration, database maintenance, moderation, help, support etc. Here is the current list of the team:
13HS575 Geert, Tech Support, Forum moderator and admin
VU2NSB Basu, Chief antenna designer, admin and Guru
KS1K Dave, Forum moderator and admin
VK2PSW Peter, Forum moderator and admin
OZ1HLT Henrik, Forum moderator and admin
M1CPH Tina, Forum/Net moderator, Elmer and admin
M0RCK Robert, Forum moderator, Elmer and admin
We also have Elmers, DX/Contest managers active on the system, ready to assist you:
I'm Robert M0RCK and I run the HamSphere 40m Early Morning Help Group on the frequency of 07.050.00 which is to help old and new stations to familiarise themselves with the system, to teach them the proper radio etiquette and how to use callsigns and Q codes professionally. I teach them how to use the "HELP" button so they can find the Manual, Code of Conduct, Band Plans, etc. I also teach them how to use the HamSphere 3 and HamSphere 4 Mobile. and the HamSphere 3 and HamSphere 4 PC, and any other general information about the HamSphere programme. I try to guide them on their way forward to gaining their amateur radio licence. I'm also there to help amateur radio users to refresh their memories about operating procedures!! I I also give information about how to pay subscriptions, how to create and send qsl codes on the HS system, and any other queries that operators may have. I teach them how to operate in a responsible and respectful manner, and to respect other operators.
Some nice designs being posted in our group for all to see. No matter how big or small your 4.0 rig is, we would like to see your creation. With so many Plug-Ins available, you can have so many different layouts for your rig. Be creative and make a Hand Held style rig for 2m/70cm, create different layouts for your HF only bands, color your rig with different style skins. Create a rig for rag chewing or one for DX chasing, one for contests or one for nets, your combinations are endless when you think about it. Don’t forget to save your layouts in the editor and remember that we have the “Restore Rig” button on our 4.0 home page if you need to restore to an earlier date. We are heading towards 5,000 members on our HamSphere 4.0 Facebook Group so there are lots of personalized 4.0 Rigs out there and we would like you to show them off. If you’re not a member of our 4.0 Show Your Rig Facebook Group, you can join here. Keep posting your 4.0 rig pictures for our HamSphere community to see, your rig maybe the next to be showcased on our Facebook Group cover photo.
New contest logbook method for 4.0 Fixed Log book.
The HamSphere 4.0 Logbook has been updated so that QSL cards can be sent way down in the log book without having to go back all pages. Makes the sending very fast and easy especially for post contest work.
In order to make it easier for HS4 Mobile beginners, we have added two plug-in navigation buttons. Since the app always starts up in VHF/UHF mode it was not 100% clear on how to navigate to the HF sections. You can of course still swipe the screens as usual.
HamSphere presents a new light weight, field deployable, mobile multi-band DX antenna called "VU2NSB Dangler". It is a derivative of a vertically polarized 3-element multi-band Yagi Array. It features a unique design employing a single feed-point open-sleeve induction coupling. The VU2NSB Dangler covers 20-17-12-10m bands with typical gain of approximately 9.0-9.5 dBi on all four bands. It has low takeoff angles suitable for DX with a wide azimuth beamwidth to facilitate large area coverage. The F/B ratio is typically 15 dB.
It is super light weight and can be suspended from a single fulcrum point at the top like a trapeze harness when deployed. It can be rolled up like a carpet and carried around for field use. It can either be an open harness construction or the element wires can be woven into a long length of fabric. It has a feed-point impedance of 50 ohms and low SWR across its operating frequency range. It can be rotated from the bottom end either manually or using a light duty motorized rotator.
GrayLine Map 432x144
Live Gray-Line Map. The "gray line" is a band around the Earth that separates daylight from darkness. Propagation along the gray line is very efficient. Ham radio operators and shortwave listeners can optimize long distance communications to various areas of the world by monitoring this band as it moves around the globe. This plugin also comes with UTC+ Local Clock and your Sunset and Sunrise for your geographic position. New feature! You can now click with the mouse on the map to set the Rotator azimuth in relation to you own coordinates.
Image Viewer Medium 432x360
This is the medium version of the Image Viewer plugin, which allows you to have handy reference charts, maps, lists, and diagrams available right on your HS 4.0 Transceiver. Choose from the included Band Plan or DX Monitor Map or select a .jpg, .jpeg, .bmp, .png, or .gif file from your computer to from the Internet display on this large plugin.
VFO Advanced 216x288
The Advanced VFO covers the USB, LSB, CW and FM modes as well as Power Off and VOX. In addition it comes with a step up/down buttons. The frequency can be adjusted in 1-Hz, 10 hz and 100hz steps.
Operators can add Activations and NETs with different lengths and recurring dates and events are publicly shared with all operators having this plug-in installed. Hence it is not a personal memo pad or private calendar.
Max 3 events per day can be added per operator and max length is 6 hours.
Op: Edgar 58HS2726
Date 19/09 to 22/09/2017
QTH: Yangon, Myanmar
Date: 17/09 & 18/09/2017
QTH: Trebinje, Bosnia and Herzegovina
QTH: Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Date: 15/09 & 16/09/2017
QTH: Podgorica, Montenegro
Island On HamSphere:
IOHS/EU013 by Pat 14HS1
Date: 20/11, 21/11 & 24/11/2017
QHT: Jersey island, Jersey
IOHS/AS019 by Sunil 177HS337
Date: 01/11 to 05/11/2017
QTH: Singapore Island, Singapore
IOHS/OC022 by Vahan EK6VA
Date: 01/11 to 05/11/2017
QTH: Bali Island, Indonesia
IOHS/EU023 by Gerard 19HS190
Date: 09/10/2017 from 10:00utc only for few hours !!!!
QTH: Comino island, Malta
IOHS/EU023 by Gerard 19HS190
Date: 03/10 & 04/10/2017
QTH: Gozo island, Malta
IOHS/EU023 by Gerard 19HS190
Date: 26/09 to 10/10/2017
QTH: Malta island, Malta
IOHS/EU136 by André VK7AE
QTH: Cres Island, Croatia
IOHS/AS007 by Ninja JA1WCV
QTH: Honshu island, Japan
IOHS/NA096 by Luz Merry 6HS773
Date: 01/09 to 06/09/2017
QTH: Hispaniola Island, Dominican Rep.
Castle On HamSphere:
COHS/GJ003 by Pat 14HS1
QTH: Castle of Mont Orgueil, Jersey
COHS/F0975 by Xavier F4ICZ
Date: 17/11 to 26/11/2017
QTH: Castle of Chateaudun, France
Lighthouse On HamSphere:
LOHS/JER01 by Pat 14HS1
QTH: Lighthouse of La Corbiere, Jersey
If you would like to be active from a rare/most wanted/new country or from an island, a lighthouse or a castle on HamSphere4, we can provide you a sponsored account with all plug-ins and antenna needed for have a powerful station.
The official DXpeditions QSL cards are also included and ready to use on the account.
Islands, lighthouses & castles with an official reference on HF bands are eligible for IOHS, LOHS and COHS activity on HamSphere.
We run our net on 18.155 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays 19:00 – 21:00 UTC time.
All are welcome and we discuss a range of topics depending on the group. Please look for the HamSphere official 1-8 Net Facebook page and you will find lots of information in the file section such as HamSphere Manual, Code of Conduct etc. We are adding over time voice recordings for some of the documents for those who have sight issues or cannot read English. You can use Google translation services by cutting and pasting the HamSphere Manual and Code of conduct into your Language to help you understand how HamSphere works.
HamSphere is a unique program that allows HS users and Ham Operators to work side by side and enjoy the programme, and many are not able to put up antennas or purchase radios due to where they live or the costs involved. The 18 Net will be running the first international bingo game on the 25 December at 21:00 – 22:00 UTC time. You will need to contact firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be sent 1 bingo card which will enable you to put a tick next to any number called, and you need to download adobe reader to use the bingo card. M1CPH Tina will be the bingo caller and we have a limit of 100 cards to give out by the 17 December 2017 at midnight. Winning prizes are 20 Euros for a horizontal line, 30 Euros for a diagonal line donated funds from the 18 group, and for the full house the owner of HamSphere Kelly Lindman has kindly donated 50 Euros to be placed into the winners account which can be used for your subscription or purchases from the shop for HS4.
Please join in all Nets that you hear as we love to chat and open up varied discussions, and please help others where you can who are new to the programme so we can all enjoy being part of the HamSphere family.
Due to other commitments Joe Olig 2HS8403 and Harold Schofield KC9HH have stopped running the popular 2 meter net and we are looking for other moderators/controllers for such net. The advantage of using the VHF section of the HamSphere 4.0 is the the 5/9 connection. Our repeaters are linked world wide providing flawless connections between all operators.
We have also ideas for a "Speakers Corners" on the 2m band, possibly in the form of a net. Speakers could present short talks on different topics.
The 2m net was run Thursday's at 0100 to 0200 UTC. If you are interested in starting up the 2m net again in any way or form, please contact Dave KS1K or Kelly SM7NHC.
The North America 60 Meter Rag Chew net meets on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 01:00 UTC on Frequency 5330.
Over the summer period the Rag Chew Net was meeting on 40 meters and had a very successful summer with and average of 10 check ins for each session. On November 8th the net moved to 60 Meter (5330) for the winter period.
The Net is called the North America net, but is open to all operators and we have been pleased to have South American and European operators check in and join in the conversation. Our usual practice is to start on 60 Meters with the check in phase, then if any contacts are requested we complete those and then we move to 2 Meters – 145.30 for the Rag chew or round table portion. Also, if we have a special program where an operator presents information on an aspect of HamSphere 4 or Amateur Radio this is done on the 145.300 frequency as well.
Recently we had a presentation by Steve (KC3AZT) on Digital modes on HS 4 and it was well received. We are always on the lookout for items of interest and should you have a presentation you would like to make to the Net please let me know.
We also have a Facebook presence and after each net a short report is placed on the Facebook page. Please check out the page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/northamerica60meternet/
I would like to thank all those that participate in the net each week and invite any and all operators to drop in and visit with the Rag Chew Group...there is a wealth of expertise on this net and a great place to ask questions or seek advice. So drop in, and get to know the operators that are on the North America 60 Meter Rag Chew Net.
Each session Rik (2HS1189) is our Net Logger and thanks to Rik for all his efforts on behalf of the net, and Harold (KC9HH) for filling in as Net Control.
Wayne Anderson, Net Control (9HS4755)
HamSphere 80 Meter Award Net
By Larry N8RGO
The HamSphere 80 Meter Award Net was formed with the express purpose of helping operators old and new alike achieve their 80 meter award. In my opinion I feel that the 80 meter award could be the fastest award to obtain in the sense that you only need 25 states on the 80 meter band to get it. Yes, not all the states are around all the time and for some states it might be hit or miss if you can catch them anywhere, but now with the 80 meter award net we may be able to bridge that gap and get the award much quicker.
In the Fall and Winter you can expect to see upto 2 hour nets with some nets having 20 or more operators at times. Also we usally have 2 net control operators one handling local U.S. and Canadian Traffic with another handling DX traffic. Those nets start at 0100 UTC, and you may find that we have the net at least twice a week . As we push on into Spring and Summer the net drops to 0300 with only 1 night a week. Propagation is not very good during those months and with people doing more activities outside we do see a drop on HS 4
Here is just a few of the net checkins, again more in the Fall and Winter then in the Spring and Summer, but there are two many to list here.
N8RGO - Larry (OH) Net Control, NA1NA - Dan (ND) Secondary Net Control, 2HS1189 - Rik (IN) Net Logger. Other regular checkins are: KC9HH - Harold (IL); 2HS5147 - John (IA); 2HS7363 Robert (TN), KA0AK Dick (AZ), K0DUB Scott (MN), KJ4SPJ John (TN), KJ4BET Ricardo (GA) KB2OFZ David (MD), 2HS5583 David (TX), 2HS8113 Bob (MA), KE5SUF Bob (AR), 19HS2329 Eric (Netherlands), 19HS2741 Wim (Steenberger), 16HS1781 Louis (Belgium), 68HS100 Eddie (Belfast), 14HS1 Pat (France), 6HS773 Luz Mery (Cali).
I want to say there is something about winning awards that makes an operator feel good and have a sense of accomplishment. We not only want to help those achieve an award but make them feel like they are a part of something special at the same time.
The 80 meter award net especially during the late Fall and Winter is somewhat of a faster pace net as to give all participants a chance to exchange their cards and get new states. While we can all have fun and get a few words of interest in, it is important to keep in mind the reason we are all here.
We do maintain an 80 meter award net facebook page and once you are a member here are a few rules to follow, not only for the page itself but also while on the net.
1) No conversations invoking religious and political topics
2) No bad language of any kind
3) No pornographic material what so ever
4) Plan to attend the entire net, especially if you're state is the only one represented at that net. Should something come up of importance we understand if you must leave.
5) Only speak during the net at the request of net control.
6) Try and keep most of the posts and comments in the FB group toward HamSphere related articles, great articles of interest in amateur radio, and of course things pertaining to helping other operators and this particular net in general.
If anybody has any questions regarding the rules please get a hold of me personally and I will be more than happy to talk to you about them and address you're concerns.
I always encourage everyone to check into as many nets as you can. Nets are very important and bring many operators together
Since the 9th of May 2015 (22.00 UTC) we created a new crew on HamSphere 4 (with permission of Kelly Lindman SM7NHC).Target of the group: generate more activity on HS4
Check out if you have the 'Worked 50 Countries Award' on HamSphere 4.
Once you have this you can become a FULL MEMBER.
If you haven’t worked 50 countries yet… you will be a NOVICE HOWLER, till you obtained your 50 countries.
It's all FREE!!!!
The only thing you have to do is...Fill the membership form and send your picture with the best resolution as possible). Don’t forget to give us your Facebook profile link and email address.We need to see your 'Worked 50 Countries Award' to become a FULL MEMBER (so don't forget to send it to us!!!!)
Send these information only via e-mail to: email@example.com
You have not already confirmed 50 countries? It’s not a problem. You can get “Novice Howler” status until you get the 50 countries award!!!
We are going to create special CERTIFICATES (non-official HS4 awards) for the gang
Organize a Late Night DX-gang DX-net on HS4
Activations and games.
Member number (Wolfnumber NH# for full-members or Novice howler-number Nh# if you haven’t worked 50 countries yet).
Some special personalized WolfPak QSL cards
Information about our activities.
ARE YOU THE HS4-STATION THAT LOVES TO HOWL FOR DX?
YOU'RE WELCOME TO JOIN THE GANG!
Good luck with your membership of our group and hope to work you soon!
Once a week, our board of directors decides about all member requests because we only want descent operators in our gang. Once you are accepted you will receive all needed info (QSL-cards, membership card, membership certificate, HamSpirit-notes, etc…)
Malfunction or bad operating wolves on the bands (e.g. bulldozers) will be deleted by our board. Those stations will no longer have the possibility to operate in name of our WolfPack and they are not authorized to have our logo/brand on their QSL-cards.
India DX Net (a.k.a IDX Net) has been consistently operating on HamSphere for almost five years on a regular basis. Currently, we operate twice a week on HS3 and expect to soon work another two days per week on HS4. The objective of IDX Net had been to disseminate information regarding both HamSphere 3.0 and 4.0 platforms. It performs as a discussion net with a global outreach. Not only has the net earn a distinguished reputation as a source of authentic information pertaining to HamSphere and ham radio, it has also become a live forum to dwell into topics related to HF Radio Propagation, Antennas, Operating practices, Ethics, HF Transceivers, Station equipment setup and various other matters related to Ham Radio. The friendly and interactive nature of the net allows for questions to be freely tabled by participants which are discussed threadbare and satisfactory answers and solutions delivered. Our strength has always stemmed from the vast pool of knowledgebase and collective wisdom of participating HamSphere Radio operators.
India DX Net is proud to have amongst its regular participants a set of operators from around the world with collective experience aggregating to hundreds of man-years of diverse expertise and skill sets pertaining to all aspects of Amateur Radio including HF/VHF/UHF communication, propagation, antennas, DX operating skills, deep understanding of communication equipment, various modes of radio communications including CW and various digital modes, etc.
India DX Net has always tried to position itself in a manner where operators who are new to the hobby are helped and motivated to learn and understand the finer nuances of amateur radio and develop the required skills to enjoy HamSphere.
We thank the entire HamSphere community for the overwhelming support IDX Net received through the journey over several years. We will look forward to your continuing support and patronage in future too.
Those who might be new to IDX Net may join our FaceBook group and browse through a plethora of articles and posts related the art and science of HF radio communications. Click on the URL below to join the group.
This is an annual award that is issued to top scoring DX operators after every calendar year as per rules. This is a time bound award. The eligibility for this award will start from 1st January of the year and will be open for points accrual till 31st December of each year. A new Master DXer Award" is setup each year. The awards are designated by the year. For instance, "Master DXer Award - 2016", "Master DXer Award - 2017" and so on. Each year 5 top scorers are also awarded with the designated award certificates.
We are coming up on the first Master DXer award 2017 which will be handed out to 5 operators.. We have almost 250 users qualified and competing for theese awards. Follow the numbers here: http://hs4.hamsphere.com/masterdx
Contests on HS 3
The HamSphere DXHC DX HamSphere Club has the honor to invite amateurs and enthusiast to participate in the annual XMAS-Contest taking place 26 Dec 2017 at 0830 UTC.
1) Late Night DX Gang Worldwide Prefixes contest 2017 will be started from 25 of November 2017 0:00 UTC till 26 of November 2017 23:59 UTC. Third official Late Night DX Gang contest. It is very similar to famous CQ WW WPX contest on real HAM radio. You need to work as many prefixes (for example UR5, 5B4, F8, 14HS1, 19WO1, 43HS0 etc) as possible.
1st place - 100 HS Credits
2nd place - 80 HS Credits
3rd place - 50 HS Credits
4th place - 30 HS Credits
5th place - 20 HS Credits
6th place - 10 HS Credits
2) The North American Winter Contest 2017 will be started from 16 of December 2017 0:00 UTC till 17 of December 2017 23:59 UTC. NA Winter 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 US and Canada Awards introduced in HS4.
Top 3 scorers US/Canada
Top 3 scorers in Europe
Top 3 scorers in Asia
Top 3 scorers in South America, Central America & Caribbean islands, Africa, Australia & Oceania
Here are the results of the HamSphere 4.0 RDF contest October 2017. We congratulate the Epsilon team that managed to pinpoint the beacons with the score of 5473 and won this contest. They got 20HS18 within a 1 km range which is amazing!!! Also team Alpha did a decent result with 2287 and nailed 15HS14 within 37km. PI-team needs a little more practice. Their best performance was 17HS12 within 107 km.
HamSphere would like to thank all teams for a well performed contest and we wish you welcome back to the next one.
Winning team Epsilon members received the following prizes:
Pavel UR5FAI: 50 Euro HS Credits
Alexey 50HS6209: 50 Euro HS Credits
Andy SP2DNI: 50 Euro HS Credits
Graeme VK7KT: 50 Euro HS Credits
Fabio PY5ZR: 50 Euro HS Credits
Sunil 177HS337: 50 Euro HS Credits
If you are interested in joining any of the RDF teams and participate in these exciting contest please join our RDF Facebook page:
This is the latest HamSphere 4.0 band plan. As you can see we have extended the CW and Digital modes over more bands. Have fun!
The 4.0 BC Band News
The Broadcast 48m band is flourishing on HamSphere 4.0. Many stations around the world are trying out their wings. The 48m band is not a walk in the park. It requires skills to master. Our broadcasters have a small power AMP which enable them to elevate the power to slightly over 1 kilowatt, necessary for the band conditions. We also provide a set of effective BC antennas for the purpose.
I have been broadcasting on the HamSphere 4.0 BC Band for some time and I now make regular broadcasts.
My station is called RADIO_ULM on 6260 kHz / 48m band. (usually on weekends)
My favorite music is:
and also Oldie music
Thank you for all QSL cards in the last years (Total 3656 and 70 countries)
If you are interested in a BC account please send a Support ticket, we have limited space on the band.
The cost is 20 Euro for existing subscribers and 50 Euro for new users and includes:
License to broadcast on from us one dedicated frequency between 6205 to 6290 with the properties described above. The license comes as a separate RADIO_XXXX account.
A special BC-er Power Plugin (up to 1.2 KW)
Regards from RADIO_ULM (Opr. Geert)
Happy Holidays to ALL from Bill at Radio_COOL (6265 kHz).
From Gaffney, South Carolina in the USA we continue to Broadcast a late night mixed format, ‘Live’ on 6265.
Have a Great and Safe Holiday Season, and Good Health and Happiness to ALL for the New Year!
73, Bill - Radio_COOL (6265 kHz)
Facebook Rules in our Groups
To keep our Facebook Groups running smooth and proper we do have some rules in place for all members. Before posting, make sure your post/comments fall within our Rules for the Facebook Group. Here is a reminder of our Rules for some of our main HamSphere Facebook Groups.
* Discuss anything related to HamSphere 4.0.
* No advertising of other products or services.
* Do NOT post anything not relevant to HS4.
* Please be courteous and respect others.
* Do NOT post QSL cards on this forum.
* Do NOT post Rig Layouts on this forum.
* Do NOT do self-Spotting to solicit QSO
* Do NOT use the forum as Spot Cluster
* Do NOT advertise Facebook Groups
which are not related to HamSphere.
HamSphere 4.0 Show Your Rig.
If you want to share your rig here, you shall not alter/modify any of our plugins graphic appearance/looks. You can use a screen shot of your rig providing no fake instrumentation has been added either using for example the Image Viewer or Photoshop. The rig can be posted "as is" or superimposed on other graphic material as long as the picture does not violate the above (You may however change the perspective if need be). All posts must start with a picture of your HS4 rig or it will be removed.
HamSphere 4.0 Mobile
This group is for the HamSphere 4.0 mobile users. The HamSphere 4.0 Mobile app is a newly developed Android app that connects to the HS4 Virtual Ionospheric Sphere. Discussions should mainly be about the app and its usage etc.
Here you can upload all your QSL-cards from HamSphere. QSL Cards must be respectful and be appropriate for all age groups.
Rules for this Group.......
No profanity on cards
No QSL-Cards from HF-RADIO or other programs like HamSphere.
And remember, always state the HamSphere system (3.0 or 4.0) including operating system and computer model such as Windows, Mac. Linux etc for faster support. You can also attach a screenshot of the issue if you like.
How to Subscribe
The HamSphere annual subscription costs 30 Euro, that is about $40 USD and includes all our features even the iPhone and Android apps. It also includes the standard 4.0 transceiver.
There is so much information on all of our Facebook Groups to help you with queries and please, any questions just ask away, someone will be around to help with any questions that are asked. 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.