A Few Quibbles About HamSphere Procedures

Here are a few things I may blog about:

1. Too frequent IDs at the beginning and end of transmissions

I have found several other blogs commenting on this, so I’ll hold off now.

2. How to run a QSO with several stations on frequency

There are several approaches used on the RF ham bands.

A “net control” who directs all transmissions and to whom each transmission is directed

A “roundtable” in which each participant keeps a list of stations in order which is used to establish who is “next”

The “open chat” approach where anyone speaks up and takes charge of the frequency. This is usually chaotic unless the participants are all familiar with one another.

This is often heard on the ham bands with vox in use and a rather laconic and casual style of chatting is assumed.

Variations of the above.

There is no best way, but there must be an understood procedure established and enforced. All participants should work together to keep comments well distributed and to help avoid doubling.

Break-ins should probably only be used for seeking permission to enter a QSO and not to deliver any but the briefest comments.

Comments at the end of a transmission to improve understanding of what’s coming up next or how the frequency is being shared are welcome.

3.  We should all work to improve the audio quality on HamSphere. Mind the meter and your settings. Seek and give feedback regarding audio.

4. Many QSOs suffer from “in house QRM”, background chatter of adults or children and cries of young children. Perhaps you could position your microphone to reduce this distracting interference.

5. When a QSO is over and you have no more to say, give your goodbye greetings and quit! I is not necessary and is very distracting to hear people sign of as many as 5 times for the same QSO. Someone may want to use the frequency or to make a call to another person in the QSO.


Picky,picky, picky. But if nobody mentions better practices, they probably won’t be adopted by many.



Welcome to the W9ZSJ HamSphere Blog


This will be a place where I can recollect, write, and occasionally rant about my experiences in ham radio on the RF bands and on HamSphere on the web, as well.

My name is George Dorner. I live in the northwest suburbs of Chicago in Kildeer.  I became a ham in 1953 and have been in and out of the hobby since. I joined HamSphere when it was new, was out for a couple of years, and rejoined in early 2013.


More, soon.


George  W9ZSJ


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