A virtual Hamradio Experience|Ham Radios
It’s a Long time history to present -Ham Radios/Amateur radio , plays an important role in emergency communication .And Far before Skype and Twitter, and even before ICQ and IRC channels, the only way to communicate beside telephone lines was through designated radio bands.There goes the use of Hams at those era.Also there is saying in telecommunication “When all else fails ,go for Hams”
We don’t want to school any one What a Ham radio is? Hams also helped the development of some important technology we use today. Now a days also Ham Radio is a high-tech hobby with different appeal to different people.Thanks to those Ham operators who makes it still as a charm of a technology .
As you know Ham radio is not for every one.Amateur radio operation is licensed by national governments. Amateur radio operation rules are coordinated by the International Telecommunication Union. An estimated two million people throughout the world are regularly involved with amateur radio.You need not only equipment to access the radio bands, but the Ham Radio Operator will also need a license to operate and a Call number to identify his or herself while online. Depending on the country, it lets you access different bands and use maximum power in your equipment.
Virtually Experience Ham Radio Through Internet
Now you might think what Ham Radio has got importance as a post in this blog.Well it’s said that there is technology that allows radio amateurs to communicate through internet.This technology is called EchoLink and uses the Voice over IP technology.EchoLink® software allows licensed Amateur Radio stations to communicate with one another over the Internet, using streaming-audio technology.
The program allows worldwide connections to be made between stations, or from computer to station, greatly enhancing Amateur Radio’s communications capabilities. There are more than 200,000 validated users worldwide — in 162 of the world’s 193 nations — with about 5,000 online at any given time.There are several different ways you can use the EchoLink software. You can set up a “simplex link” in your shack, with a VHF or UHF transceiver connected to your PC, to allow anyone in range of your station to communicate by voice with any other EchoLink station around the world.Or, you can use the PC’s microphone and speakers and remotely connect to any of more than 2,000 different repeaters that have EchoLink capability.
The system allows reliable worldwide connections to be made between radio amateurs. In essence it is the same as other VoIP applications (such as Skype), but with the unique addition of the ability to link to an amateur radio station’s transceiver.There are programs for different systems, and even for smartphones, but in order to use this technology the user needs to register his or her call-sign to be validated. This means, that the user needs to be licensed.
Virtual HamRadio Software-Hamsphere
In the case if you are not a ham licensed radio operator , still can try Ham , how it feels to use one of this equipments. HamSphere is a computer based Amateur Radio software system that allows unlicensed enthusiasts (and licensed amateurs) to communicate using a simulated ionosphere.No extra hardware needed, just your PC, a microphone, speakers and you are ready to call CQ on the virtual Ham Radio bands.What so ever this technology is, it gives a virtual ham experience.
This program allows realistic worldwide connections. The creator explains: “You will find the system very similar to the shortwave band as it has noises and scratches called QRN as well as unwanted signals called QRM. The propagation is very much like real shortwave. Sometimes the conditions are bad and sometimes they improved quite a bit. “
The program uses the same VoIP technology as Skype, but with the difference of a shortwave propagation simulation. The HamSphere also needs a callsign, but for unlicensed users, the program generates a unique HamSphere call-sign and you can start using the program right away.
The software is written to run on Java, so it can run on Windows, Apple or Linux using Java (software platform) technology. There is another edition of the software running on Apple mobile devices (iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad), but it’s available as beta only by request.Just for download visit the site , register , you will get a temporary call sign & PIN to you mail.
Note:Since it’s bit of technical side, this software is just a virtual experience, any better info or any lack in this post free feel to comment