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Topic # 185145 11-Nov-2015 16:34
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Hamsphere is a virtual Ham Radio Software that can run on Windows/Apple OS.
It simulates Ham Radio using VOIP like technology.
Hamsphere 3 can also run on an Android device.
Hamsphere 4 is very realistic and even approximates Propagation conditions.
You dont have to be a licensed Ham to operate but you can register with your call sign.
I have been using the system for 2 years now and really like it. 
Have made many contacts around the world.

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  Reply # 1461802 5-Jan-2016 16:43
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Certainly interesting. 

Are you a registered ham? I've considered sitting the licence myself and getting a bit of gear, but haven't really had the motivation. 
I used to have a little bit to do with the 2 way radio scene (attended some ham meetings, was a regular user of PRS6 in AKL) and went to a few meetings with the North shore radio club.


Have been considering finding something to do with my time... maybe I should look at it again.

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  Reply # 1510200 9-Mar-2016 22:26
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Aaroona: Definitely worth spending some time to get back in, especially picking up the CW again. Also the National Link on 70cm has all of NZ (pretty much) covered so a hand held is all that you need to start. 


Cheers Mike



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  Reply # 1510914 10-Mar-2016 21:16
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Also Aaroona there is a program you can install on your computer or as an app on a smartphone called Echolink which I have used for quite a while now. It allows a licensed Amateur operator to connect onto overseas repeaters mainly in the VHF/UHF bands as well as link stations which an overseas operator lets you use his transmitter to transmit on a simplex frequency also on the VHF/UHF bands in his/her area. You can also talk directly to another radio amateur like you would on skype, without video of course. It is worldwide with repeaters from nearly every country. As mentioned above though you do have to be a licensed amateur radio operator to use it. Also if you are in an area which has a Echolink linked repeater you can dial into overseas repeaters using a special number which you dial in for each repeater you wish to talk on on your microphones numerical keypad. I used to talk to a friend of mine sitting in my car at work through our local repeater linked to his local repeater in the UK.


Cheers Lance



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