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.”