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HamSphere Newsletter May 2017

Dear HamSphere Operators

Welcome to the Spring 2017 Edition of the HamSphere Newsletter. May is here and we have a lot of good stuff coming your way so here we go:

HamSphere 3.0 News

Our entry level HamSphere 3.0 is still very popular, in 2017 we have seen about 15000 active call signs on HamSphere 3.0 to compare with HamSphere 4.0 where the number of active call signs were 5000 but on the increase. We have also opened up some contests on HS3.0 and intend to run a few each year.

Recently we have introduced “Elmers” on the system who are there to help new users on the system. Our Elmers are currently:

Robert, G0MOK
Tom, HB9DJ
Robert, M0RCK
Tony, MI0HPX
Jim, VE2QK

HamSphere introduced the “Elmer” system to HamSphere 3.0 to help and assist all operators on the HamSphere 3.0 system. As HamSphere 3.0 is the entry level platform to HamSphere, some guidence maybe needed for our new users to the system. Our Elmers are available for Q&A, general information about our platform and general assistance if needed. If you are a trial user, subscriber, DX-User or a seasoned operator, the “Elmer” system is in place for all the HamSphere community. The “Elmers” can be found on HamSphere 3.0 and are identified with an (E) beside there call sign. Moderators are also availiable on the system and are identified with an (M) beside there call sign.

A word from one of the Elmers
The Elmers are there to help new and trial stations to get the most from this great program. With their knowledge of Amateur Radio and their knowledge of this system they have been asked to do this role. They are to be found on HS3 throughout the day and mainly are there to make the experience for new users as pleasurable as possible. They help stations to know what the buttons do and how to find the code of conduct. They also teach users how to log contacts and how to make and send QSL cards. If you hear any of them on the frequency please give them a call they are a friendly bunch of operators. With their knowledge of Amateur Radio they can pass on skills they have learned over their time on “Real Radio”. Lets enjoy this program together de G0MOK Robert.

Elmering or mentoring has long been the backbone of Amateur Radio. While technology constantly evolves, the human interaction between hams will not be replaced and will always remain one of the hobby’s strongest traditions. As licensed hams we are all ambassadors of Amateur Radio and we should always be looking at ways in which we can welcome newly licensed hams and project a positive image that will attract others to ham radio.