An article by videojournalist Stephanie vanKampen on the CBC News website has some exciting news for Amateur Radio in Prince Edward Island.
“There are approximately 200 registered Amateur Radio operators in PEI.
In order to become an operator, people have to take a test.
On the Island, that test is administered by operator Chris Vessey, VY2CV. He said the number of women signing up has increased in recent years by about 10 per cent.
‘That might not sound like a whole lot,’ said Vessey. ‘But in this hobby, that’s quite significant. And more and more are showing interest. Which is what’s really making us excited about the hobby again.’”
Therese Mair, VY2TAM (shown on the left in the above photo), is featured in the article.
“She goes on air from her home-made station in Georgetown, PEI, with her call letters VY2TAM everyday and chats with strangers.
“ ‘What I love is being able to talk to people around the world that I don’t know,’ she said. ‘I just randomly talked to somebody in Croatia this morning.’
Julieanne Scales (shown on the right in the above photo), age 20, came to the (Field Day) event hoping to learn more about the hobby. She said seeing other women operators makes it more attractive.
‘To know that there are more women in this as well is encouraging and I’d definitely like to take part.’ ”
The author, Stephanie vanKampen, is a videojournalist with the CBC News in Prince Edward Island. For the original news item please visit: