A home for hams


The Up­per Trin­ity Am­a­teur Ra­dio Club fi­nally has a per­ma­nent home.

“ We’ve been as­so­ci­ated with the Heart’s Con­tent Cable Sta­tion since 1998,” said Rendyl God­win, club trea­surer. “ Dur­ing that time, we’ve been here, off and on, for dif­fer­ent events.”

The club will now be set­ting up a ra­dio sta­tion in­side the his­toric build­ing.

“ This means we can pro­mote both the cable sta­tion it­self and am­a­teur ra­dio,” said God­win. “In fact, we have spe­cial cards printed with the cable sta­tion on them.”

He made the an­nounce­ment last week dur­ing the cable sta­tion’s an­nual open-house cel­e­bra­tions, mark­ing the 144th an­niver­sary of the land­ing of the first suc­cess­ful transat­lantic cable.

“ We’re here to­day only be­cause of open house,” God­win ex­plained. “ We’ve set up our sta­tion and are try­ing to make con­tacts with other am­a­teur ra­dio op­er­a­tors, wher­ever they’re on the air.”

Once it es­tab­lishes its home at the cable sta­tion, the club will be us­ing the call sign VO1TAC. The VO1 stip­u­lates New­found­land, and the TAC transat­lantic cable.

Ham ra­dio is more than a hobby, God­win in­sisted.

“ Per­haps the most im­por­tant thing we’re ca­pa­ble of do­ing is mak­ing ham ra­dio avail­able in the event of a com­mu­ni­ca­tions emer­gency, if needed,” he said.

“Ev­ery­thing we do is prac­tice for emer­gency ser­vice,” he added. “It’s al­ways a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for us.”

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