Ham Radio

Sunday, January 10, 2010
Twitter Ham Radio NET On 80M
Over the last few months I have been slowly building up my list of interesting Twitter users to follow and be followed by. This has helped to take the mind off the WX (which of course is still snowing) by enjoying some Tweeting over the internet. Most of the Twitter Folks I follow are Either HAMs, SWLs or people involved in radio and they are all full of interesting Tweets which I have enjoyed a lot.

Since new friendships are beginning to form via Twitter, We have all decided to try out, a planned radio sched on 80M this coming Wednesday evening at 20.00 UTC. We will use twitter to relay the frequency on the night at 20.00 UTC as well as any reports from SWLs and anyone struggling to get back to NET.

So far there has been 7 Stations that have confirmed that they will be on the Air at 20.00 UTC (Wednesday 13th) and as we only decided two hours ago we are off to a fine start. There will be regular updates on Twitter regarding which Stations will be active and on the night as well as displaying the frequency used. If you want to know more about the kind of stuff we Hams get up to in an informal way, check us out on Twitter. Hope to hear you on the 80M Net Wednesday Night.
posted by Simon Davison @ 10:44 pm  
10 Comments:
  • At 12:00 am, Blogger KC2NTV said…

    Simon. Put me down... I think it is a great idea... Good luck with this... See you there

    73
    Scott D
    KC2NTV
    http://kc2ntv.blogspot.com/

     
  • At 9:09 am, Blogger 2E0HTS Simon said…

    Thanks Scott!

    I hope band CondX are good. We will arrange a sked with you and other Twitter Hams that is a suitable time for all - An International Net where we can see how the band is by tweeting reports from each other. All the best and catch you soon!

    73 Simon

    p.s nice blogsite you have ;-)

     
  • At 1:20 pm, Blogger Tomas said…

    Hi Simon, I will try listen for sure on Wednesday. Unfortunatelly, no ant suitable for TXing on 80m at home. Just idea Simon, what about tag related tweets to twitter net with some hashtag, in example #twnet or #twtnet80 or anything similiar (what is not already used by other users). Then will be more easy find all tweets related to twitter net just over this hashtag.. It is also automatically rendered in your twitter stream to search link.. :-)

    GL & 73 Tomas ok4bx

    P.S.: tons of snow here

     
  • At 3:51 pm, Blogger 2E0HTS Simon said…

    Hi Tomas,

    Great idea with the Tag thought, I will try it.

    Hopefully we can arrange Twitter Nets on many Bands so that everyone will get a chance to play.

    In the meantime you will be able to Tweet any signals heard at your end ;-)

    Hope the Snow is not causing you to much trouble.

    Stay warm and 73

    Simon

     
  • At 3:09 pm, Blogger Brent said…

    I am looking for a Twitter.com user that is posting relevant or interesting frequencies to listen to. For example an the IRLP note for some big event.

     
  • At 11:45 pm, Blogger 2E0HTS Simon said…

    Brent,
    have you tried searching #HAMRADIO, #NODE etc Like the search/group we use which is #TWNET.

    G L and best 73

     
  • At 7:00 pm, Blogger Ed Borasky said…

    I'm an active Twitter user (@znmeb) but not a ham. I've recently gotten involved with a team working on software for crisis response, motivated by the earthquake in Haiti, and one of the technologies we're investing heavily in is Twitter.

    Historically, ham radio has been the first line of communication in an event such as the Haiti earthquake, but a lot of the current energy is focused on Twitter. I'm curious if Twitter over ham radio would be useful in the early stages of a disaster?

    Ed Borasky, @znmeb

     
  • At 8:52 pm, Blogger 2E0HTS Simon said…

    Hi Ed, thanks for your comment and info. It all sounds very interesting.

    I think Twitter is great for distributing information quickly to everyone.

    The only downside is when the power has failed as most people do not have the means to power internet or PC equipment in times of disaster. The good thing about ham radio is anyone with a simple mobile set up might be around after a subsequent disaster and can easily begin to pass info using a 12V vehicle battery.

    I do think that more people in remote places could benefit with more Ham operators local to them ensuring communication when everything else is down.

    Modern technology is brilliant but is soon redeemed to be useless in extreme circumstances. Where as simple radio kit always gets the job done.

    Like you said Twitter could be used successfully by Hams with radio gear. As they receive info and re tweet via twitter, it could be then distributed to the rest of the world

    Keep up the good work helping those i need and if ever I can be of assistance let me know.

    Many thanks

    Simon - 2E0HTS

     
  • At 9:00 pm, Blogger Ed Borasky said…

    I was actually more interested in the situation where ham radio was the only operational communication links, and how it could be used to carry Twitter data. We're building a lot of infrastructure software in the aftermath of Haiti, and I want to make sure ham radio is part of that.

     
  • At 9:42 pm, Blogger 2E0HTS Simon said…

    Sounds great! Brilliant infact.

    I hope you guys develop the relevant software to do the job. I am sure something will be on the table soon.

    In the meantime keep up the good work and I hope to see it all up and running once the work is complete.

     
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