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2023-01-19 16:34
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HamSphere 5.0



You can now download HamSphere 5.0 from https://hs50.hamsphere.com

HamSphere 5.0 has an old/new paradigm. It is designed to embrace the true Amateur Radio Spirit and focus on Ham Radio communication as it was supposed to be maintained. It is basically a merge between HamSphere 3.0 and HamSphere 4.0 meaning that it will appeal to the hard core DXer using its skills to master antennas, HF DX skills, contests as well as the Radio enthusiast using the system as a newbie and newcomer.

To fulfil the demands of all our operators we have created three new bands such as 6m, 2M and 70cm.

The 6m band

The 6m band has free antennas; The 6m omni directional and the 6m Beam. The 6m band is the entry point for HamSphere 5.0. It provides a 100 watts USB/LSB/CW transmitter using a virtual Ionosphere but where the rules are slightly bent. This means that wherever you are in the world, your signal will be picked up anywhere, but it can be enhanced by using the beam antenna. In that way, newcomers and non HF operators can learn the skills of using a YAGI antenna. The advantage is also that the directional 6m beam can be used to deflect strong QRM signals. So it is a lot of fun, and actually quite realistic.

The 2m band

In contrast to the 2m band on HS4, the new 2m band for HS5 is fully opened up into 39 channels. From 145.025 to 145.975 with 25 kHz spacing. There are no repeaters on the 2m band for HS5. They have been moved to 70 cm.
The 70cm band
434.100-900 carries 10 repeaters, just like HS4. But the difference here is that the frequency around them can be used as 28 direct channels.

The HF bands

Before any user can enter the HF portion of the HamSphere 5.0 system it needs to accept and understand a few properties of the Shortwave band. So when you start HS5 for the first time and select any HF band there will be prompt pop-up window.
The HamSphere virtual HF band is an extremely accurate simulation of a real shortwave band from 160-10m using real sun spots and solar flux data. It is a challenge using the HamSphere HF bands as many of our HS4 users have experienced already .

The Awards

HamSphere 5.0 has a new set of awards which are both different in style and design. They are all designed to reflect true Amateur Radio workmanship and vary from skills in countries, antennas, distance to propagation and bands etc. The awards are ONLY issued for HF work. No awards will be available for the semi or non simulated bands.

The Contests

We have about 15 new contests being created in a completely new Contest Management system. The system is fully automated and will launch the awards and collect Log book data fully autonomously. Award results are presented on your log stats panel and each award issues three diplomas (1st, 2nd and 3rd) also available from your log stats panel.

Legacy data

The HamSphere 5.0 portal provides all legacy data (private and public) from HamSphere 3.0 and 4.0. You have access to all old QSL cards, awards and private/public statistics from the past. Nothing is lost.

QSL Card Templates

This will probably be the most appreciated function of all. Once you login to the HamSphere 5.0 portal, all your HS3 and HS4 QSL templates are carried across from the old systems. No need to make new templates. You can start QSO-ing right out of the box.

The HamSphere 5.0 Logbook

Yes, it is true. Your HamSphere 5.0 log book is a clean slate. You will start fresh with new log entries, new awards, new contests etc.

The Software

HamSphere 5.0 is available for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iPhone.

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