JAN 2021 Update - There are now 2 Vernon, 1 Lumby, 1 Kelowna, and 1 Peachland HamShack Hotline extensions now registered in the Okanagan Valley. All in the just the last 6-8 months.  



HamShack Hotline is a volunteer-run global VOIP phone system dedicated to Amateur Radio.


Hamshack Hotline (HH) is a FREE dedicated VOIP telecom service for the Ham Radio community.  Typically, phones are established in hamshacks, EOCs, Clubs & club members, ARES, and other Ham related areas and functions.  It is not the intention of HH to replace traffic carried over the radio in an emergency or other tactical operation, but rather to augment it, by offloading managerial tactical operations and providing a full-duplex path for such communications when the spectrum is occupied, conditions diminished, or otherwise unavailable.   In a non-tactical use, HH is an effective resource for off-air troubleshooting when you need to coordinate a troubleshoot of a radio circuit off-air and between multiple SMEs.   In addition to all this, conference bridges on the HH network allow large groups of Hams to coordinate & meet in real-time anywhere in the world.

Getting on board HH is easy!  Just acquire a supported SIP capable phone (our network prefers to register hardware phones first), and open a ticket once you have your phone. Before joining HH, please read and understand our HH Covenant3 If you have any questions, our FAQs in the knowledge base area on our help desk may help, if not – feel free to open a ticket on our help desk.

I first registered for my personal HamShack Hotline extension (5568) in the summer of 2020. Since then I've played around with multiple handsets of various makes and models. 

For anyone interested I currently have just ONE complete starter kit left for sale.

For $50, these kits include the following;

  • (x1) used Avaya 1140E 6-Line SIP VOIP Phone
  • (x1) 48v POE Power Injector.
  • Preprogramming of the HamShack Hotline servers into the phone so activation is as simple as entering your assigned login and password when you register for an extension with HamShack Hotline.

Each kit is $50 and the only thing you'll need is two ethernet cables. One cable from your home router or switch to the POE injector, and then another cable from the POE Injector to the phone. Power for the phone is carried over the ethernet cable and the provided injector provides lots of versatility in phone placement as cables up to 100' can be used and the phone is a one-wire device since the ethernet cable carries data and power via the injector.

I'll also provide remote support on getting your extension operational if needed.


What can I expect from HamShack Hotline?

  • It's free to use. Donations are welcome but the system has no ongoing costs or fee's.  
  • You'll get a personal phone extension for people to call you, and for you to place calls to other Amateurs around the world inside of the HH network.
  • There are HH servers all over the world, and they are all linked so you can call Amateurs in other countries toll-free.
  • There is an experimental server so if you want to play around with a phone model that is not 'officially' supported by HH you can do so on the experimental server.
  • Voicemail that can be personalized and will store messages for calls that you may miss when away from the shack. Voicemail messages are also forwarded to your email with an attachment of the recorded message.
  • Access to a global map of all HH extensions around the world.
  • Access to the global phonebook directory of extensions and their owners.
  • Over 100 Conference Bridge rooms that you can dial into and participate or listen to group events. Yes there is a weekly HH net on Sunday evenings.
  • A small assortment of live radio and music stations that you can dial into and enjoy.
  • Over 30 RF linked repeater bridges that you can dial into and monitor as well as broadcast on via your phone and proper Amateur Radio procedures.

What HamShack Hotline is not.

  • This phone system is closed, so you cannot access traditional phone numbers and phone networks (ie Telus) or dial anyone you want like you can on your home phone. Your HH phone is for the sole purpose of calling others within the HH VOIP network.
  • Advanced users can program one of the other available 'lines' on a multiline phone to link the phone to another phone network, but to make traditional phone calls you would also need to host your own VOIP phone server using technology like FreePBX or Asterix.


For more information or to purchase contact;

Aaren VA7AEJ

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778-212-0790 (cell)

250-547-9672 (home)