CBC News coverage of International Marconi Day event
George Dewar, VY2GF, and Bernard Cormier, VE9BY, participated in International Marconi Day on Saturday, April 21, which is a 24-hour Amateur Radio event that is held annually by the Cornish Amateur Radio Club in the United Kingdom to celebrate the birth of Guglielmo Marconi on April 25, 1874.
The purpose of the day is for Amateur Radio enthusiasts around the world to make contact with historic Marconi sites using communication techniques similar to those used by Marconi himself.
The event was covered by Sarah MacMillan of CBC News.
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Here is an excerpt of the article courtesy of CBC News:
Ham radio is a big hobby for Dewar and Cormier. They get together about once a month to operate, often at lighthouses. Cormier lives in New Brunswick, but often travels to PEI, largely because of the many lighthouses. This is the first time either of them has taken part in the Marconi Day event.
More than 70 groups from countries such as Uruguay, Scotland and the US set up stations to transmit for the occasion. There were a total of five Canadian groups registered, including one in Cape Breton, and two in Newfoundland.
Dewar and Cormier set up in Cape Bear early Friday evening for the event that officially began at 9 pm. Cormier camped out at the museum overnight and the pair spent many hours listening to different frequencies and sending out messages in the hopes someone somewhere would hear them. They made dozens of contacts around the world, but it wasn't until around 1 pm on Saturday that they made their first Marconi connection with a station in Pennsylvania.
Groups that make contact with 15 other Marconi groups can get a certificate from the event's organizers, but Dewar and Cormier said they weren't too concerned about trying to get that recognition.
"It's basically a get together more than a competitive thing," Cormier said.
The pair said they also enjoyed making contact with other ham operators who weren't connected with Marconi Day. Dewar said the operators were especially excited to learn where the pair was transmitting from.
"When you tell people you're at a lighthouse, International Marconi Day, oh boy, some of them, they think this is absolutely great. And you see, we keep a log of each call, and probably in their log book they'll make a little note about how this call was special," Dewar said.
Cape Bear was the first station in Canada to receive a distress signal from the Titanic in 1912. Cape Race in Newfoundland also received the call, but at the time Newfoundland was not part of Canada. For these radio enthusiasts, that makes the spot extra special.
"For us it's so proud to be here, because the lighthouse was here at the time. And it's just one of these things where we just love the nostalgia," Cormier said.
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