Proposal: Amateur Radio

Now that we're launching soon, I just wanted to make a simple request. The name that has been chosen for this site is

  • radio.stackexchange.com

But I would also like to consider

  • ham.stackexchange.com

Which would be better? Discuss.

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    Thanks for the question. The name that had been slated for this site is "radio.stackexchange.com." It not set in stone, but we generally try to have the site name reflected in the URL. It's also good for scoring better in search. So, I changed the premise of your question to hear discussion on both sides of the issue. Thanks. Oct 15, 2013 at 13:58
  • i think radio is the best according to my view
    – Engineer
    Oct 21, 2013 at 5:42

5 Answers 5


Amateur Radio operators typically refer to themselves as Ham radio operators. There are a multitude of sites that reflect this, just to name a few:

Most search engines will translate ham/amateur radio. Better SEO should be found by calling the site ham than radio.

Of the options, Amateur Radio would be a bit of a mouthful for a URL, amateur certainly wouldn't work, radio is an okay choice, but would open the door far more to CB, FRS, and even commercial radio than most hams would really like. Overall, I think the best choice would be to use ham.stackexchange.com

Bottom line, here's pros/cons for each:


Pros- Has the word Radio in the site

Cons- Would invite more questions on CB, FRS, and other types of radio than most amateur radio operators would like. Also might draw people interested in commercial radio, which would not be on topic at all at a site for amateur radio.


Pros- Short, most amateur radio operators use the term ham interchangably, and commonly refer to themselves as hams. Ham also is somewhat used as an advanced amateur radio operator, not simply someone who has a license, but someone who knows something about the hobby beyond having a license.

Cons- Might be confusing to Search Engines. I doubt this, as a Google Search reveals.

Bottom line, I feel that ham would be a better choice than radio.

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    For additional evidence supporting this position google radio stackexchange and then google ham stackexchange. ham stackexchange already returns the most relevant content.
    – dcaswell
    Oct 15, 2013 at 16:59
  • amateurradio wouldn't be a mouthful. It's one letter shorter than 'stackexchange'!
    – Everyone
    Oct 16, 2013 at 8:50

The radio.stackexchange.com site URL would be very generic. It refers to radio in general, and would very likely attract all sorts of non-amateur-radio questions, which would probably be interesting, but certainly not in the scope of the example questions targeted.

I would propose using hamradio.stackexchange.com – for preciseness and less confusion. It's a bit longer, but not to the extreme.

  • "hamradio" sounds good to me, just "ham" may bring in the occasional recipe questions.
    – RonJ
    Oct 21, 2013 at 13:18

radio.stackexchange.com should be the URL, and not just because I have always found "ham" to be pejorative way of referring to amateur radio.

While radio.stackexchange.com is more generic and suggests a wider coverage than just amateur radio, I think it's appropriate as non-amateur radio interests which overlap into the radio hobby (such as R/C hobbyists, CBers, GMRS operators, atmospheric researchers needing answers to questions about the radio devices they want to put on a balloon they plan to launch to 150,000 feet, etc) should be able to find answers for their radio-specific questions on this vertical even if, strictly speaking, they aren't amateur operators. In the same sense that some questions of set-theory mathematics are perfectly on-topic for Stack Overflow (because it overlaps into the realm of computer programming), radio/propagation/antenna-specific questions from non-amateurs should be on-topic for this site IMO.


I think http://73.stackexchange.com would be a good choice.

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    That's too much of an inside thing, and would just make it confusing. Nice thought, however. Oct 15, 2013 at 19:10
  • That same thought crossed my mind as I was writing it.
    – STEJ
    Oct 15, 2013 at 21:45

Three suggestions (+:

  • qst.stackexchange.com
  • amateurradio.stackexchange.com
  • cqham.stackexchange.com
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    amateurradio could work, the others are too cutsy. Oct 16, 2013 at 10:04
  • Why the down-vote? Anyway, qst is a well-known Q-code (+:
    – Everyone
    Oct 16, 2013 at 12:42
  • It's well known, but who looks for an amateur radio answer using qst as a keyword? Oct 16, 2013 at 12:44
  • Point taken. I was looking inside-out (broadcast from site), not outside-in (seek an answer).
    – Everyone
    Oct 16, 2013 at 12:45
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    90% of traffic should eventually come from search engines, so that's a key point. See also Robert's comment to the question. Oct 16, 2013 at 12:49

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