How to Set Up a Ham Radio Blog

First, open this link to BlueHost in a new window:

http://www.amateurradio.com/bluehost

The video will teach you step-by-step how to register your own call sign domain name, set up and host a blog or website using WordPress, and set up a custom e-mail address.

The whole process will take about 15 minutes total. I think you’ll be amazed how simple and easy it is. It’s also quite inexpensive (less than $5/month).

My recommendation is to press the “full screen” button in the lower right so you’ll be able to see the steps clearly.

If you do sign up through the link above, you’ll get Bluehost’s discount price and we get a referral commission which helps support AmateurRadio.com. If you’re going to sign up anyway, we’d appreciate your support, but you certainly don’t have to.

Having difficulty with some part of the process? Please leave questions below in the comments and I’d be happy to answer them!

— Matt W1MST

9 Responses to “How to Set Up a Ham Radio Blog”

  • Jon Banks:

    Thanks for posting this. It’s very thorough and a breeze to understand. I did have one question, tho. What happens if I upgrade my license later and want to change my web name to my new callsign? Is that hard to do?

  • Matt W1MST:

    Hi Jon,

    I think that you have a couple of options. If you plan change your call sign in the near future, you might wait and do this process after you’ve changed it. Another option is to choose a domain name other than your call sign.

    If you decide to change your domain name sometime down the road, the good news is that it’s pretty easy to change your blog to the new name. So the bottom line is you should be OK no matter what option you choose.

    73, Matt

  • Colin GM4JPZ:

    Thanks for making this video, Matt, and showing how easy it is to set up a blog. I do have a question though: How do you publicize the blog at first? I realise you can add the URL to QSL cards etc., but just wondered if you had other ideas on how to do this.

    Thanks again.

    73, Colin

  • Matt W1MST:

    Hi Colin,

    There are some great free places to list your ham radio site. Here are a few:

    eHam.net – http://www.eham.net/user/signup/back
    AA6V – http://ac6v.com/EMAIL.htm
    HamRad – http://www.hamrad.com/

    Another way to get good exposure for your blog is to submit articles to ham radio sites such eHam or AmateurRadio.com. Getting published on either of these sites can help grow the audience for your blog.

    Good luck!
    73, Matt

  • Colin GM4JPZ:

    Thanks very much, Matt. Sorry for slow response to your answer. I’ll check these out at the weekend.

    73!
    Colin

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  • YO6PF:

    73, 88, HI !

  • Charlie / NQ7Z:

    how about posting this link to help amateur radio OP’s get to have antenna at our home in the US?
    please give us some badly needed help
    Thanks Charlie / NQ7Z

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  • timothy lyle kies KA8KRV:

    This is exactly what I have been looking for. I have been considering starting a blog of my own for sometime now. A couple of questions, though. I am using a chromebook for most of my internet activity. Is there any reason that I can’t continue to use this for my blog as well? And I don’t expect to use this blog strictly for Amateur Radio, but I have many other interests as well. Is that a problem, not only for myself, but for you at Amateurradio.com? I would not want to harm the ham community in any way. Other than that, for now I can’t think of any questions, and you have done a fantastic job of making this look simple.

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