Point Prim speaks to world at ham radio event
Point Prim Lighthouse is hosting an amateur ham radio event Friday to celebrate the completion of the Keeper’s Cottage and the acquisition of the lighthouse.
On July 14, members of the P.E.I. Amateur Radio Group will set up a number of radios and antennae at the lighthouse.
The Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society lists some 15,000 lighthouses around the world and has assigned the code CAN809 to Point Prim’s.
This is referred to as a lighthouse activation, with the purpose of making contacts to ham radio operators around the world who have an interest in “collecting” lighthouses, especially those in rare locations such as P.E.I.
There is an added bonus in that operators can also claim a contact with an island.
Islands On The Air, an amateur radio group, has P.E.I. listed as NA-029 in their world list of islands.
The station will be active until late afternoon on Sunday, July 16.
The public is invited to the lighthouse where people can use the radios under the supervision of an operator.