HamSphere NewsLetter Sept 2010
2010-12-17 11:12
Dear HamSphere users.

Welcome to the September 2010 newsletter.

Latest news:

Free to Air weekend: This weekend 2-5 Sept 2010 will be a free-to-air weekend. Everyone is welcome to use the system for free.

If you forgotten your password/callsign you can issue a new one here: http://www.hamsphere.com/password
Software is downloadable from http://www.hamsphere.com/download

It has been a good DX month on HamSphere. Here are some of the logged DX stations:
Z31TU MACEDONIA, 310HS108 LATVIA, 162HS101 CONGO, V31HN BELIZE, 5A1A LIBYA
136HS103 MARTINIQUE, VP8ALJ FALKLAND ISLANDS, 62HS102 GUAM, CX3DI BOLIVIA
K1EHL VIRGIN ISLANDS (U.S.), V44KBP SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS, 150HS107 BAHRAIN
YN6ZMC NICARAGUA, P43DP ARUBA, 28HS108 HONDURAS, V51B NAMIBIA, 240HS101 MACAU
85HS103 ZIMBABWE, 168HS101 MAURITIUS, 303HS104 AZERBAIJAN, 53HS102 EL SALVADOR

Exchanging QSL cards. I have recently been asked about QSL cards and how to exchange these. There is an excellent service called eQSL that is compatible with both Ham Radio callsigns and HamSphere DX callsigns. Their URL is http://www.eQSL.org

HamSphere mixes licensed Ham Operators with unlicensed DXers on the same bands.
Many DXers are inspired by HamSphere to get their own Ham Radio license.
It is important to mention that all unlicensed users complete the HamSphere Exam which is based on a real Amateur Radio Exam before they get access to HamSphere.

HamSphere is using GeoIP to check where the users are geographically located based on IP numbers. We use the 2 digit ISO2 code to verify the country. In this way you can be sure that your QSO really originated from the country stated. So far we have seen contacts from 185 countries as defined by this list http://www.hamsphere.com/iso2.txt

Development has started for the Android phone. I expect this app to be ready soon as Android is based on Java. HamSphere will in the future be supported on both Android and iPhone. Beta test of the iPhone software is at its final stage being tested by some 20 users around the world.

Thankfully the HamSphere bands are relatively free from trouble makers and there are currently 14 HamSphere radio administrators active on the bands. These operators make sure the bands are kept clean and according to the regulations. The regulations and guidelines can be found here: http://www.hamsphere.com/read.php?5,15
Each administrator has the ability to kick or ban disturbing users and depending on the violation they are instructed to act accordingly. I'd like to thank all admins for a job well done.

Finally there will be an official HamSphere contest this autumn. Last time HamSphere arranged a contest was almost two years ago. Information about contest rules and dates will be posted on the HamSphere.com website.

Until next time,

73 de
Kelly Lindman
5B4AIT / SM7NHC
www.HamSphere.com