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Code of Conduct

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HamSphere Rules. (2013-08-10) 

1. Always listen if the frequency is clear before you call. Be courteous! 
2. Always use your own callsign, either your HAM-call or approved HS-call. 
3. Call CQ on any frequency. There are no calling frequencies on the Ham Bands (except 27.555 MHz on 11m) 
4. Keep your modulation within the ALC level 3-5 for VOICE operation. 
5. Keep your modulation MAX ALC level 1.5 for CW operation with own sinewave oscillator. 
6. For CW operation, stay on 160, 80 and 30 meters.. 
7. Use only as much power as you need to maintain a QSO depending on the propagation. 
8. Always use small letters when communicating in the chat. 
9. SSTV and digital modes prohibited except on 30 meters. 
10. Music not allowed on any band.
11. Live Trunking/Linking with other Amateur Radio systems is not allowed if link allows outgoing transmission from the HamSphere band. The reason being the fact that we have unlicensed users on this system. 

12 Amateur Radio is commercial free. Absolutely NO Commercial ADVERTISING in Chat or Verbally. Failure to follow this directive will result in banning of your account. 

13. Treat your HamSphere account personal. Never share it with someone else, even if supervised. (JOTA - Jamborees On The Air are however accepted as Second Operators). Creating multiple trial accounts is not allowed and may render your accounts and IP number blocked. 

14. Please do not use our Web Page PM system (Private Messages) to ask for QSL cards. Sending / confirming QSL cards should be a voluntary action and not forced upon. 

15. "Roger Beeps" (Beeps signalling end of transmission) are not allowed on HamSphere due to the splatter/overhearing risk into adjacent frequencies. 

16. Using HamSphere from "fake" locations via IP Proxies deliberately is not allowed and will render your account banned. 

17. Please only send one QSL card to a user you actually contacted. Do not send QSL cards without making contact please. 

The HamSphere Code of conduct

Each operator should study the recommended operation guidelines below:

Amateur Radio Do's

Always be polite regardless of the circumstances. If not, avoid transmitting.

Set a good example especially for short wave listeners who may be thinking about becoming a ham.

Be a good listener. It will help you better organize your thoughts before transmitting.

Reply to a CQ, or call CQ yourself. It helps keep alive the magic of ham radio.

Speak clearly and slowly, especially when giving your call sign to someone you have never worked before.

Promote friendship and goodwill to DX contacts. Look for ways to get to know each other rather than simply exchanging signal reports and 73s!

Try to keep track of everyone in the QSO. Hopefully someone has assumed the role of "traffic director" to make sure everyone has a chance to contribute to the discussion. If not, don't hesitate to do it yourself.

Make it clear at the end of each transmission which station is expected to transmit next. Try to do this even when operating VOX.

Operate on frequencies that are in whole KHz (e.g. 7.070 Khz). This alleviates ambiguity and makes it easier for everyone to be on the same frequency.

Openly praise other hams when you observe them doing something that you feel is especially deserving. e.g., helping demonstrate ham radio to a group of scouts.

Always be ready to quickly and calmly respond to emergency situations. Rehearse what you would do if presented with various scenarios.

Make a point to try other bands than just 40 and 6 meters. Good operating practices are especially prevalent on these bands.

Look for opportunities to "Elmer" newly licensed hams when you hear them on the HF bands. Welcome them, solicit their questions and give them pointers on good operating practices.

Remember that no one country can proclaim to be the leader of the Amateur Radio world. Likewise, no one country's foreign policy is any more right or wrong than that of another country.

Develop good operating practices. You will be doing your part in helping insure the continuance of our long and proud tradition of self-regulation.

Amateur Radio Don'ts

Don't act like some sort of Broadcast Radio station. Your fellow Amateurs will most likely not appreciate such a blatant display of personal ego.

Don't acknowledge the presence of deliberate interference. After all, that's most likely the overall objective of the person doing the interfering.

Don't be excessively long winded especially when in a round-table discussion and during times when band conditions are changing.

Don't just talk about ham radio. Most hams have many more interests.

Don't operate when you are in a bad mood. You will be that much more vulnerable to losing your temper.

Don't overuse Q-codes and other ham jargon on the phone bands.

Don't claim or homestead any particular frequency for nets, schedules, etc. If your designated frequency is already in use, simply move up or down as necessary.

Don't transmit before first determining that the frequency is clear. This includes transmitting within 3Khz of other known QSOs.

Don't break into an ongoing QSO unless you can hear the majority of the participants.

Don't use the word "break" or "QSK" when wanting to join an on-going QSO. Simply give your call sign between transmissions and reserve the use of the word "break" for more urgent situations.

Don't join an ongoing QSO unless you have something to contribute to the discussion. It is especially rude to interrupt other hams with a request for audio checks, signal reports, etc.

Don't ignore someone new to a round table QSO. We should all do our part to make everyone feel welcome. Avoid making the discussion appear exclusive to your particular circle of friends.

Don't test your transmitter over the air. It is far better to use a dummy load.

Don't cough, sneeze or clear your throat into your microphone.

Don't become a "Band Policeman" quick to tell others what you feel they are doing wrong. In instances where it may be called for, always be polite and constructive.

Don't turn up your microphone gain or resort to excessive speech processing in order to be heard. Such practices will most likely result in diminished audio quality and increased likelihood of interference to nearby QSOs.

Don't operate in any fashion that is not in keeping with good amateur practice. Be certain to always comply with the provisions of Part 97 of the rules.

Don't knowingly interfere with an ongoing QSO just because you are working DX, especially split frequency.

Don't say that the frequency "is not" in use when you hear someone inquire. Refrain from responding at all unless you know for certain that the frequency or one nearby "is" in use.

Don't ridicule other hams or express any negative views of the overall state of Amateur Radio. If you don't have something positive and constructive to say, avoid saying anything at all.

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Category: Rules
Date added: 2012-02-07 09:54:29
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