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Amateur Radio

History

Marconi transmitted the Morse code letter “S” from Poldhu in Cornwall, England, to St. John’s, Newfoundland around the beginning of the 20th century using a “spark gap” transmitter. About 1910 Ham radio (amateur stations) becomes a hobby. First wireless/radio clubs and associations are formed. Wavelength of 35-1000m is used. Between 1920-1930 Ham radio appears in 55 countries. The term Ham becomes widespread. And in 1929 – Internationally amateur/experimental bands are created such as : 160, 80, 40, 20, 10, and 5m. Int. system of call signs and the phonetic alphabet is introduced 1927.

The Amateur Radio Hobby

The amateur radio hobby has a language of its own and is not always easy to understand. The hobby is more popular today than it has ever been. The cost to get into the hobby has went down drastically over the last few years with the introduction of Virtual Ham Radio transceivers such as HamSphere. The Amateur Radio hobby is very diverse in what it offers and not just for listening to chatting and it conveys the spirit of cooperation among those involved. One of the interesting points about the Ham Radio Hobby is the ability to experiment with radios and antennas, including modifications of existing radios and a concept that HamSphere is now introducing with its new product HamSphere 4.0.

Virtual Ham Radio Transceiver

The computer has become a natural part of Amateur Radio shack. Once the HamSphere software is downloaded and installed, you will have a powerful Amateur Radio Transceiver on your desktop without any extra hardware.

Read more about the HamSphere software Transceiver

Computerized Ham shack

It is more and more common for amateur radio operators to use Amateur Radio software in their daily operation. In order for all of the programs to be visible at one time, a large single display is used. The Ham Operator can launch different programs at the same time such as UTC Clock, Log programs, Microphone processors, RTTY decoders, HamSphere etc. Ham operators have long known the advantages of having a computer in the shack for full-time ham radio operation. The disadvantage is that computers can generate interference that causes problems for the HF band (and sometimes the VHF band as well). This can actually impede the operation of your station and your ability to log DX. HamSphere Amateur Radio Software is a virtual Ham Radio Transceiver for your PC desktop and by using the software, noise and bad propagation can be eliminated completely.


A computerized Ham Shack using the HamSphere software
(Courtesy of John 2HS3425)

Amateur Radio and VOIP

Voice over Internet Protocol (Voice over IP, VoIP) is one of a family of internet technologies, communication protocols for delivery of voice communications over Internet Protocol (IP) networks, such as the Internet. It is now widely used by Amateur Radio operators. HamSphere uses VoIP to transport the audio between the server and client.

More Amateur Radio software utilities

Amateur Radio Software like HamSphere is designed for both Hams and non licensed radio enthuasiast. Ham software was once thought to be a means of communication between radio enthusiasts, but is nowadays including data and contest loggers, log books, Morse code tutors, RTTY Decoders and aerial design aids etc. In our forum you will find a lot of links to Amateur Radio software utilities.


Here are the results from the HamSphere “Christmas Contest 2016” that was held 2016-12-26 08:30 to 11:00. The results are based on a properly filled out logbook and that power limitation were kept.

Congratulations to Dainius, M0HMJ who won this contest with the score of 1890. Well done!

We would like to thank all contesters for your participation. Welcome back 26 Dec 2017.

Position Callsign Country #ISO2:s QSO:s MULTS TOTAL
1 M0HMJ UNITED KINGDOM 29 63 29 1890
2 RK3M RUSSIAN FEDERATION 23 59 28 1711
3 RG5A RUSSIAN FEDERATION 22 55 28 1595
4 LY3BHY LITHUANIA 23 51 23 1224
5 DU1SAG PHILIPPINES 20 39 19 780
6 VE2QK CANADA 17 40 17 720
7 9W2EEK MALAYSIA 20 40 16 680
8 JG1QEM JAPAN 20 39 16 663
9 UA9ODB RUSSIAN FEDERATION 19 37 16 629
10 16HS1597 BELGIUM 20 37 14 555
11 YO3BDP ROMANIA 18 34 15 544
12 HS/RZ0SO THAILAND 18 33 13 462
13 50HS6823 RUSSIAN FEDERATION 16 33 12 429
14 LA7CL NORWAY 16 30 13 420
15 UX7IT UKRAINE 16 32 12 416
16 153HS460 THAILAND 11 26 12 338
17 VU2UR INDIA 17 30 8 270
18 50HS5873 RUSSIAN FEDERATION 14 26 8 234
19 14HS3608 FRANCE 11 20 8 180
20 1HS3744 ITALY 12 21 7 168
21 KC0ITF UNITED STATES 10 17 7 136
22 VU2JMA INDIA 11 18 6 126
23 IK7BEF ITALY 14 23 3 92
24 31HS688 PORTUGAL 13 18 3 72
25 JI1TYD JAPAN 11 15 3 60
26 S53TG SLOVENIA 11 14 2 42
27 29HS1015 IRELAND 9 12 2 36
28 EA4CKC SPAIN 10 12 2 36
29 OZ1KAI DENMARK 7 11 2 33
30 50HS7004 RUSSIAN FEDERATION 7 10 2 30
31 9HS3308 CANADA 12 14 1 28
32 OE1OEA AUSTRIA 7 9 1 18
33 16HS1594 BELGIUM 10 16 0 16
34 14HS544 FRANCE 12 16 0 16
35 9A2ND CROATIA 11 13 0 13
36 30HS5371 SPAIN 4 5 1 10
37 2HS7757 UNITED STATES 8 9 0 9
38 UA3MBR RUSSIAN FEDERATION 4 5 0 5
39 29HS1190 IRELAND 4 4 0 4
40 41HS389 NEW ZEALAND 4 4 0 4
41 43HS142 AUSTRALIA 3 4 0 4
42 PA3FOE NETHERLANDS 4 4 0 4
43 G4KHX UNITED KINGDOM 2 3 0 3
44 CN8RAH MOROCCO 3 3 0 3
45 57HS103 INDIA 2 2 0 2
46 HG3LCO HUNGARY 2 2 0 2
47 RW3AE RUSSIAN FEDERATION 2 2 0 2
48 PU1SRG BRAZIL 2 2 0 2
49 16HS187 BELGIUM 1 1 0 1
1013
Position Callsign Country QSO:s MULTS TOTAL