HamSphere 4 HF Band Plan

- HamSphere 4.0 Band Plan – Change to BandPlan 02 April 2015 -

The Image below is the Current HamSphere 4.0 Band Plan – PLEASE replace your old HamSphere 4.0 Band Plan with this current version. :

Notification was posted on 2 April at 17:14 UTC
” As of today we will allow CW on all HS 4.0 bands except BC. Max 10 Watts carrier power below 10 MHz and Max 5 watts CW power above 10MHz. There are no frequency restrictions in place.” –
Please take note of the power restrictions, stick within the power limits and ‘You have the power to go forth and CW on All bands’ (except BC and 2m /70cm repeaters) – Enjoy the new frequencies !

HamSphere 4.0 Band Plan

HamSphere 4.0 Band Plan


: HamSphere 3.0 band plan Has Not Changed..

73 de Hairy Paul 108hs5625

HamSphere 4 is a realistic Simulation of HF radio.

I use both RF radio equipment (Transceivers that use RF and physical antennas) and IP radio equipment (HamSphere 4 that uses Internet Protocols and virtual antennas) and the way I see it is that they both do the same job. Both systems allow people to communicate around the globe, both systems require knowledge of antennas, propagation and operating procedures. Both systems are used by licensed HAM operators, BUT.. HamSphere can also be used by un-licensed operators and many people who start out on HamSphere do go on to get their HAM license.. It is a shame that there are people who feel the need to put down the HamSphere system even though they have not actually tried using it. I would like to point out that this has happened many times in the past with many new innovations, indeed when Nikola Tesla was promoting the use of AC power distribution as the most efficient means of transmitting electrical power over a distance there were many who tried to put down the system with many derogatory remarks and claims of how bad or dangerous it was. Modern society is now reliant on AC electrical distribution systems and equipment and Nikola Tesla is remembered by many as a great inventor and innovator of many AC electrical systems and devices still in use today. — I personally think that the HamSphere system is a great innovation that allows many people to communicate across the world using ‘Simulated HF radios’ and an incredibly complex ‘propagation simulation system’ that behaves very like RF radio. There are also many licensed HAM operators on the system that would otherwise be unable to use any form of radio communications due to antenna erection restrictions at their location, physical restrictions or medical conditions. for these people the HamSphere system provides them with a simulated ‘radio communications system’ that allows them to continue with their hobby. — For anyone who feels the need to put down HamSphere on the grounds that it ‘does not use RF’ so ‘it is not radio’ I would like to point out that if they were to actually look at how internet connections really work they would find that every internet connection is reliant on AF (audio Frequency) and RF (Radio Frequency) hardware to exchange data between systems, nodes, switches, routers, servers etc.. So I would say that although the HamSphere transceiver does not generate RF itself as it is a software application the HamSphere system does indeed use RF to communicate. — If you insist that it has to use RF to communicate to be called Radio, Well It must be Radio as it Does use RF to Communicate over long distances — Just think about it — 73 de Hairy Paul 108hs5625

Why One CQ call is often not enough..

Just putting out one CQ call is often not enough… ┬áThere are many stations that will need more than one call in order to see the spike on their band scope, change to that frequency and adjust their beam to ‘find’ a strong signal from you before returning to your call. Some operators may also see the signal, change to that frequency, listen for and take note of your call sign, look up your location and turn their beam to your heading before returning to your call. There have indeed been many times when I see a single brief spike on the band scope or a small ‘blip’ on the waterfall display and I go to that frequency and listen for a while, but hear nothing… Sometimes I have had to call CQ for several minutes before someone returns to my calls.. A quick scan about and a couple of calls is often not enough to to make any contact, just like on RF radio… — It may appear that there is ‘Nobody there’ but often it just takes a little patience for another station to hear (or see) your call and make a contact.. — Just a thought — 73 de Hairy Paul 108hs5625