How to Set Up a Ham Radio Blog
First, open this link to BlueHost in a new window:
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
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?
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.
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.
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.
Thanks very much, Matt. Sorry for slow response to your answer. I’ll check these out at the weekend.
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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.
hello, haven’t been on air for about 10 yrs now , had some problems, lost all my equipment in a house fire. i had about 10 different radios, broke my heart bad, haven’t been on since due to financial problems cant afford it again , but one day hopefully i can get back on air! well , enough of me hope all is well , love the site am new on it! 73s!!
Can entries into the Blog, like Newsletters, be made in Word and/or Pdf?
This Blog would be for a group of Ham Radio operators.
Greetings from the UK. Thanks for the regular mails, so much better than most of the other stuff I have subscribed to, usually to find out about one specific thing, but then flooded with junk!Have been into Ham Radio for over 50 years. At 12 years old I was saving to buy a Number 19 set (Ex Brit Army Tx/Rx) (for £8 about $12!), and get my ticket, I even reached the 12 wpm needed for Morse! As usual though ,my interests changed from the thrill of electronics to the thrill(?) of that elusive and strange animal, the opposite sex! Now a widdower, and retired, I have returned to my youth, and I am training to become a Ham again, and although my interest in the ladies is still there, having been there and done that, the imperative is not the same! As soon as I have my ticket, I shall publish a blog, detailing my journey onto the airwaves, which I hope may help others, on both sides of the pond and further afield. Keep up the good work, and while a lot of the bits you post are not directly applicable to the UK, in a worldwide hobby like ours, they are a great interest and help, certainly to me.
I have been off the air for a few years,and I am now living on a small SS income ($714 mo) and do not have and can not afford buying any radio’s anymore!,nothing! I would like to get back on,if I had some radio’s to do it with!.
any equipment donations would be very welcome and appreciated!.I have nothing but some wire for an antenna! hi hi,My address is OK in the call-book or FCC,(hint 402 East) you can just send me anything you don’t want or need, it will get here OK,if it needs repairs,OK I do know how. If I can get back on the air, I will also set up a web blog. I miss it,but cant do it without a radio.
Anything is OK, as I am now 78 yrs old and it would not have to last very long! hi hi. anything, Surprise me! 🙂
I tried this once, and it didn’t work for crap. Never got any interest, and after I took it down, I found out I had posted it as a ” clog “. Oh, well, some people have it, and some don’t…..
Muchas gracias desde Argentina.!!!!!!