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CQ or CQDX must only be used ON A CLEAR FREQUENCY.

*** CQ or CQDX must only be used ON A CLEAR FREQUENCY.***

There seem to be many operators who will reply to a call or try to call into an ongoing QSO on an already occupied frequency with ‘CQ CQ’ and then their call sign. This should NOT be done..

CQ and CQDX calls MUST only be used on a CLEAR frequency…

When replying to another stations CQ or CQDX call you do NOT say CQ or CQDX back, you should say your Call Sign only ONCE, that is all that is needed.

When You have transmitted your call sign, WAIT for the other station to call you in to make contact. There may be other stations also replying to their call so you must listen for them to call you (or another station they have heard) in to make contact..

All information other than your call sign can wait until you are called in for contact.

When you are called in for contact that is when you can give Signal report, Operators Name, location and any other information.. —

CQ or CQDX must only be used ON A CLEAR FREQUENCY.

73 de Hairy Paul 108HS5625

A note about Time Zones

The HamSphere 4 system allows us all to communicate around the world. This not only means we have to follow propagation but we also have to take note of Time Zones around the world. I have posted three images of World Time Zone Maps below that may be useful to have in your ‘Radio Shack’ as it certainly helps to have an idea of when operators in other areas are likely to be awake and ‘on the air’… (You can also find many more higher resolution ”world time zone map” images online by asking your favourite search engine ) … Have Fun  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