Ham radio online activities are many and varied. New instances pop up regularly!
Most amateur radio operators are keen to explore new technologies as they emerge over the horizon. The Internet - more commonly referred to as the Web - is no exception.
Hams quickly took advantage of Mosaic - the Web's very first browser - when it was released to the general public in 1993. At the time, ham operators were already experimenting with Internet protocols to enhance their reach.
This page will give you a brief overview of some of the most popular uses of the Web by hams.
Here are some of the most significant manifestations of amateur radio online activity.
A certain number of amateur radio operators share HF, VHF, UHF receivers online among many listeners on the Web. The WebSDR receiver-servers and OpenWebRX are making this activity increasingly accessible.
Internet linking of ham radio stations to exchange voice signals using VoIP
(Voice Over Internet Protocol) is an increasingly popular activity,
especially because it has the potential of helping us save lives in
If you want an excellent introduction to VoIP and networks such as EchoLink and IRLP, I highly recommend reading K1RFD's book:
"VoIP: Internet Linking for Radio Amateurs" (published by ARRL).
Some Useful URLs:
Most logging software available for Windows PC, Mac OS x and Linux have an export function enabling the ham radio operator to upload logged data to a web-based logging service.
The three main reasons for logging the details of on-the-air activities (RF transmissions) are:
The disadvantage of using more than one online logging service is that you have to submit your electronic logs to each of them - as a courtesy - to ensure that all those you have made contact with will get confirmation of QSOs from you, and vice versa!
Here are the four most popular online logging services:
Logbook of the World (LotW)
NOTE: www.EnzoLog.org proclaims itself as "The first Web-Log". It is designed by Enzo, IT9GCG, webmaster.
Using a Web site to share useful
information with the amateur radio community, and any interested
individual, on the multiple aspects of the ham radio hobby and public
www.HamRadioSecrets.com is only one of an increasing number of Web sites created by amateur radio operators.
Try it. It's fun and rewarding!
Ham radio hardware and activities are increasingly merging with computer hardware, software and Internet technologies. It was unavoidable, really.
Most ham radio operators are naturally attracted by technology and love to take up technological challenges.
After all, we are expected to experiment with any technology that has the potential of making the most out of the radio spectrum ... in return for the privileges that we enjoy.
Links to listen to ham radio online receivers
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