HamFeed - the New Ham Repeater on Twitter

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by N7ICE, Dec 27, 2008.

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  1. N7ICE

    N7ICE Ham Member QRZ Page

    HamFeed.com was released several months ago as a Ham Radio newsfeed aggregator covering cool ham-related news and blog posts including: 73s.org, SolderSmoke, and RadioSport and many others.

    Lately there has been an influx of Hams signing up on Twitter.com for back-channel QSOs online for the purpose of coordinating radio QSOs, discussing DX events, and trading ham tips and links. The problem with Twitter is that when you create an account, there isn't an easy way to find where the hams are hiding in the Twitterverse. HamFeed.com was created to introduce you to all of the Hams on Twitter! You can now watch Ham tweets in realtime on HamFeed's home page or with the click of a link on HamFeed you can follow *all* of the hams on Twitter and instantly join in on the fun and ham conversations worldwide!

    HamFeed.com is the latest creation of @chrismatthieu, the founder of the new 73s.org, social network for ham radio operators.

    Chris Matthieu ~ N7ICE
  2. K2WH

    K2WH Have a Happy Thanksgiving Day Holiday Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

    I must be getting too old. What the hell is a twitter, Back-channel QSO's, Tweets etc. and why would I want to abandon radio for the internet? You are also murdering and slandering the true meaning of the word "Repeater" in ham radio jargon. Call it what it is - another useless internet site.

    In addressing these questions, please use common ordinary words us old timers can understand. Tweeting was farting if I recall.

    Last edited: Dec 28, 2008
  3. K2WH

    K2WH Have a Happy Thanksgiving Day Holiday Volunteer Moderator QRZ Page

    After doing a little background check on this twitter thingy, is this like a ham radio related "Facebook" where people tell everyone what they are doing all the time?

    Who needs it if it is?

  4. W2FCP

    W2FCP Ham Member QRZ Page

    I just registered on Twitter and am going to try it out.
  5. NE3R

    NE3R Ham Member QRZ Page

    This explains why I've got several new ham followers on twitter today :)

    73 de Joseph Durnal NE3R
  6. N1WBV

    N1WBV Ham Member QRZ Page

    From Wikipedia: "Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users' updates (otherwise known as tweets), which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length."

    Simply put, it's a cross between a web page, a chat room, and a forum. You "follow", or subscribe to, people whose "tweets", or messages, show up on your twitter homepage. You can post your own messages, respond to other users messages, or just sit there and read.

    Twitter, in its original concept, was used to post "What I am doing"-style messages (ie "Listening to 20 Meters") but it's morphed into a bit of a discussion forum with people talking amongst themselves. I use it to follow people who share one of my two major interests, namely Information Security and Ham Radio. I've used it to meet some great Hams who I would have likely never run into otherwise. We use it to discuss the hobby, talk tech, and introduce Ham Radio to the non-Ham-Radio-using Twitter Folk.

    I run a site called HamTwits which keeps an opt-in list of Hams on Twitter. If you want to see what the messages on Twitter is like and have an RSS reader, check out the HamTwits RSS Feed.

    I hope this helps. If you have any questions, I'll keep an eye on this thread, or you can find me on twitter as Innismir.
  7. WB9JFR

    WB9JFR Ham Member QRZ Page

    i rather talk on my radio

    more useless web stuff
    If you are a ham use your radio

  8. KG4JBJ

    KG4JBJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I like Twitter a lot. Gives me a reach that the indoor 2-meter and HF antennas don't, even though little of what I say relates to ham radio. :)

    73, Maria, KG4JBJ
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2008
  9. N1WBV

    N1WBV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Says the posting on QRZ... :confused:
  10. N5FOG

    N5FOG Ham Member QRZ Page

    He got ya there Jerry. Thats one thing I never understood is hams complaining about all the ham websites BUT are doing their complaining on the very thing they just berated.

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