Sigh…my last log in was January 2013 and my last post was November…It is sad when the real world collapses on the virtual world…I never moved away but I listened to Hamsphere. Saw it grow and grow and a lot of newbies came and go. And all I could do was listen, with a new computer that couldn’t handle a simple headset.
Is it Murphy’s Law that “time goes by fast when you are having fun?” Whatever universal law it is, Hamsphere is not exempted.
270 days to go! What! It’s been like I have been on Hamsphere for ages, throwing me back to the years of hissing and screeching from the speakers of my 10-meter converted Cobra 148GTL. The virtual ionosphere is surely not as expansive than the real ionosphere–but it isn’t half as fun, I guess. The parameters are almost the same…the splatters, QRM…will Hampshere divide the DSB so we can get the Daffy Duck quality of Lower Side Band and the intense buzziness of USB?
As the Hamsphere countdown clock goes back to zero, I am saving enough money for the next engagement. It isn’t a lot of money–too little in fact for the fun and camaraderie it brings.
And, I am, with the help of DU1-UKG, Ramon Anquillan, working on acquiring a ham license, Hamsphere continues to be my virtual on-the-air practice session. Thanks to everyone who as introduced SSTV, WeFax and other digital modes, as well as CW which is still beeping in my ear…di-dah-dih (R) as in Right you are!
During my younger days as a unlicensed ham one of my favorite activities was to take my portable Realistic radio, climb up a hill of about 1,800 feet and hook the antenna to a quarterwave and start transmitting on 10 meters. Today with Hamsphere I can relive this activity without the hill and the quarterwave using the recently released Hamsphere for iPhone App. I was fortunate to be one of the beta testers of the application and now I have just loaded the completed version.
Tomorrow I am going around town to test the viability of the setup. I already do mobile transmissions on Hamsphere and it will be a completely new and interesting experience to tap the virtual ionosphere using the iPhone app. Let’s see what we can contact. Good QSL to all of us!
It was Philippine Amateur radio operator, DU-1-UGZ who rekindled my passion for the airwaves. I saw this massive (and expensive) shack and recalled the days with my modified Realistic CB radio and Cobra 2000 GTL with an Astatic Eagle microphone. It was cool. I never went beyond too many bands. CB radio at 11 meters was the start (from a walkie talkie jury rigged to a perfect SWR dipole) then got into 10 meters. Listened into 20 meters then later dabbled in 2 meters and finally 70cms before something called “children” became my only passion. I cared for my kids like I cared for my radios. Fast forward some 30 years later and with no money, but with an itch for the screech and scratch of radio, I tried to barge in. Listening online through”Global Tuners” was the beginning. Then I saw a link for Hamsphere. I tried it and like many of us, never relented.
Whatever possessed 5B4AIT Kelly to come up with Hamsphere I do not know. I should ask him on his blog sometime. But what I do know is the created a world–although over VoIP–that kept passions alive and kindled new ones.
It is not everyday that I can find the time, or afford the equipment to join a DX contest. Hamsphere opens up the possibility and brings me into the virtual amateur radio world. Hamsphere gives me a wonderful connection! Friends from all over the world!
I was an aspiring amateur radio operator in the 80s. Operating on 11meters first as a CB enthusiast and later 10meters after I had my rig modified. Later went on to 20m with an old Yaesu and 2 meters finally before getting “hammed,” in 1982. It was a hard and long life, and a difficult one being away from the static and buzz of ham radio. Now Hamsphere gives us un-moneyed enthusiasts a hobby that is as real as it can get. Enjoying it!