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Now with HS4 on the horizon its time to get familiar with Voacap propagation prediction system, The more you know about band opening times, propagation and antennas the better & will only enhance your experience on HS4, Do yourself a favour do a little homework and im sure you will be amazed with this ground breaking system called HamSphere 4.0

My recent addition to my HamSphere Shack

Power Required/Consumption: 5V 150mA
Sample Rate: 48 kHz
Bit Rate: 16bit
Capsules: 3 Blue-proprietary 14mm condenser capsules
Polar Patterns: Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, Stereo
Frequency Response: 20Hz – 20kHz
Max SPL: 120dB (THD: 0.5% 1kHz) 

Impedance:16 ohms
Power Output (RMS): 130 mW
THD: 0.009%
Frequency Response: 15 Hz – 22 kHz
Signal to Noise: 100dB

The Correct Way To Call CQ On HamSphere


The correct way to join in to an ongoing QSO.

While tuning around on the Hamsphere Bands, you may come across an ongoing QSO and maybe you’d like to join in. There is a right way to do this and a wrong way. Of course, we all want to operate in the correct manner. Remember, we want to operate on Hamsphere as we would be required to do on the actual Ham Bands.

If you’d like to join in or “break” in to an ongoing conversation or QSO as its called, the first thing you want to do is LISTEN. Make a note of the callsign of one or all in the QSO. Then, WAIT for the transmitting station to hand it back to the next station. Between the break in their QSO, you would say your call. Thats all…. Just your call or if you’d like, the prefix or last numerals of your call. For example; Between the “overs” I would break in by saying, “N1TKO” or if your call is 321HS123, you can say, “123″. Thats all… Very simple.
Then, WAIT to be acknowledged by the station it was going to. Once acknowledged, the station would say “N1TKO, you are acknowledged, please stand-by” or “The 123 station, stand by”. Then, when the station calls you in, then you can transmit and join into the QSO.

NEVER say QSK , BREAK or BREAKER…. The term “Break – Break” is only used in the event of an emergency.
ALWAYS listen first on a frequency before you transmit to be sure it is not already in use. A good habit to get into is to select a frequency you’d like to use then ask “Is this frequency in use?” “Is this frequency in use”? If you hear no response, the frequency is all yours.

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Below is my current Hamsphere ShacRadio:

HamSphere 3 & HamSphere 4 Beta
PC: HP Elite
Windows 7 Ultimate 16 GB Ram
Graphics Card:Nvidia GeForce GTX660
2TB hard drive
Soundblaster X-Fi 5.1 Pro
Astro A40 Gaming Headphones


It all started for me with a friend of mines dad with a 40 channel AM radio he had installed in his car an E TYPR Jaguar with a retractable anti sus arieal !! From then on every opportunity I got to use the radio and sit in this wonderful car I did so,

The first radio I got was a birthday pressent from my parents which was a 40 channel General Electric imported from the states as this was the only place to get radios from at this time,
I can not remeber the exact model version but remeber it looked something like this below

After a period of time I become aware of radio’s could also transmit SSB making long distance contacts possible, so then my first SSB Radio become a Cobra 148gtl dx :-) I dont have this original radio now as I think i blew it up in the end but I still DO have a boxed 148 here to this day and in its original condition & un tweaked with no screw driver maniacs been inside , the image below is not my radio but 1 I grabbed from the net

As for antennas over the years I have installed many from the very small anti sus cherokee half breed dv27 or dialamatch to gpa’s, antron’s sigma 4′s, 2 3 & 4 element yagis and a 2 element cubical quad.

The last radio I owned was the Kenwood ts870s as I found myself listening to the big audio guys on the 20 meter band and wanted some of that myself in a small very small way and still think it is one of the best radio’s Kenwood has ever produced for straight out of the box tx audio , checkout my ESSB AUDIO page to find out more about this and what I am now talking about if you are not familiar with this kind of situation with amateur radio

73 de Andy, M3ARB


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