Contact Report: 5/31/2012

Hello Friends,

Having been a HamSphere member for roughly 36 hours I can report QSO with:

Valencia Spain

Helsingborg Sweden

Various Points in the UK

ODZACI, VOJVODINA / RS

Here is one of my favorite QSL cards I’ve recieved:

 

So some people might be asking “Why spend time on a simulated ham rig, on the internet, when technology would just let you Skype?”.

Well, it’s the rules and the struggle! The struggle against conditions which make DX (long distance) contact difficult (and thus valuable) to be specific.

Some people may not realize that radio, only really *works”, when there is a straight line (line of sight) between the transmitter and the receiver. Except, that is, when our little *friend* “Mr Ionosphere” creates sort of a mirror in the sky, and allows a transmitted signal to be reflected off the top of Earth’s atmosphere and back down to another destination. In my case, the listed contacts above.

But it’s simulated right? Yes- but to be honest I keep forgetting it’s simulated. It’s that good.

While using HamSphere I’ve heard all of the interference, phase shift, signal fade, and cosmic background white noise I grew accustomed to navigating as a child. This is especially interesting because it’s a *simulation*.

Additionally, it has rules. And that is one of the nice things about ham radio- rules. There’s ways of doing things that must be adhered to. In real life, hams are governed by the FCC. On HamSphere the rules are set by the admins. They both serve the same purpose. It’s order on the airwaves, which leads to actual communication.

For instance, last night I found out that Bob, from outside London UK, has an Irish Setter, two grown daughters, is 76 years old, and has been on the ham bands since 1965. He discussed his equipment with me. We discussed science and literature. We exchanged QSL cards, and will speak again.

(And not everyone is 76 years old on HamSphere to be certain. However I have an affinity for old hams since they posses a deep technical knowledge and experience)

And like me, Bob cannot put up an antennae due to zoning or apartment restrictions. But Bob is doing quite well on the “Simulated Airwaves”.

HamSphere is a wonderful thing. If you are (or were in the past) into the science, magic, and wonder of radio- you must give it a shot!

Be well,

Michael 2HS1365

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