Point Prim speaks to world at ham ra­dio event

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

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.

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