For the sake of curiosity, I started searching for social networks whose focus is ham radio. There is more than one would imagine.
Following is a list of social networks (like Facebook and MySpace), who’s sole focus is ham radio:
- 73s.org – This a social network for all licensed hams. Your user name is your call sign. You can link your status messages on 73s.org to your Twitter account.
- NH7C.com – Almost a social network, as it is missing microblogs (status messages). It has all the other features: blogs, messaages, groups, photo album, and events. Without microblogs, there is no connection to another social network.
- My Ham Shack – Not a full-blown social network. It does offer a personal Web page, blogs, project pages, and classifieds.
- The Worldwide Radio Forum – It is a true forum, which is still a social network, although more structured. Its big advantage is that it is a good place to find help.
Ning.com is a social network composed of many social networks. It is a roll-your-own social network tool. Among the Ning networks, the following are devoted to ham radio:
A search of Facebook resulted in 22 fan pages and 733 groups. There are so many that finding the one you want is not easy. A MySpace search found 92 groups devoted to ham radio. A search for ham radio on LinkedIn result in find 26 groups devoted to ham radio.
There is no question that ham radio (the original social network) has its presence in the Internet world of social media. Ham operators were born with desire to communicate and experiment. If I were to select one social network for ham radio, it would be 73s.org.