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Surfin’: Ham Blogging

11/30/2012

By Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU
Contributing Editor

This week, Surfin’ urges readers to share their ham radio adventures by blogging.

Do you blog?

According to www.dictionary.com, a blog is “a website containing the writer’s or group of writers’ own experiences, observations, opinions, etc, and often having images and links to other websites.”

Many members of the ham radio community blog about what they are doing on the air, in the shack, on their workbench, in their computer, on the mountaintop or even in their vehicle. Guys and gals telling their ham radio stories in a personal manner in their personal style can be very interesting. I read some regularly and am always on the lookout for new ones to add to my web browser’s bookmarks. 

My ham radio blog is basically a pointer to my latest Surfin’ postings, but occasionally I use the blog to get something off my chest or to point out something interesting and/or entertaining (like this video of a black bear eating breakfast next to my tower).

If you are an active ham, you very likely have some stories to share, so what’s stopping you? Blogging is easy and the price is right: $0. I have used a variety of platforms for blogging and in my opinion, the easiest to set up, maintain, and use is Blogger -- and it is free.

With Blogger, you can literally set up a new blog and start posting in minutes. Canned templates make the set-up painless, but if you want to be creative, you can modify the templates or build your own to make your blog distinctive. Hundreds of gadgets and widgets are available for adding features and functions to your blog.

You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to blog -- although there are rocket scientists who do blog. So come on and join the ham radio blogging community and share your ham radio adventures with the world.

Until next time, keep on surfin’!

Editor’s note: Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, seeks the unusual in radio. To contact Stan, send e-mail or add comments to the WA1LOU blog.

 



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