Who else is on Twitter?

Follow Me on TwitterFor the past year or so, I’ve been fairly active on Twitter. My id there is @kb6nu.

I’ve found it to be a great adjunct to my ham radio operations. Whenever I turn on the rig, I also open a window on the computer and log into Twitter (via TweetDeck). Twitter brings me ham radio news, information about current band conditions, and links to items of interest to electronics experimenters. I “follow” nearly 900 other hams and electronics experimenters, and I now have a following of almost 2,000.

Just as important, it’s helped me make contact, both virtually and literally, with other, like-minded hams. For example, several times I’ve Tweeted that I’m calling CQ on such and such a band or frequency and have had guys see that Tweet and answer my CQ on the air. At other times, a small group of have formed a “team” for some major contest.

If you’re not yet a Twitter user, give it a try. You can start out by following me and searching for the hashtags #hamr and #hamradio. If you’re already a user, follow me, and I’ll follow you back.

Comments

  1. How on earth did you amass that many followers? Great job! For some reason I thought I was already following you, but I fixed that tonight.

    73, @copadave

    • Dan KB6NU says:

      Hi, Dave. Thanks for following me.

      As for how I amassed so many followers, I think it’s a combination of things:

      • My Tweets are 100% amateur radio related. I don’t Tweet about anything political or religious in nature.
      • My Tweets seem to be useful to people. For example, I Tweet about band conditions when I’m on the air. Lots of my followers seem to like that.
      • When I publish a new blog post here, a Tweet is automatically generated. Not only does that help me gather more followers on Twitter, it creates more traffic here on my blog.
      • I follow high-quality Tweeters and re-Tweet when they Tweet something interesting and reply when I can answer a question or add something to a conversation.

      It’s really a win-win situation for both me and my followers. At least, I hope so.

  2. I’m following you already – @KC5HWB

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