An amateur radio society in Delta, BC will honour Sir John A. Macdonald by creating a ham radio special-event station to broadcast worldwide on his 200th birthday.
According to Gordon Dick of Delta’s Amateur Radio Society, amateur radio hams often set up temporary stations when special events happen.
“Ham radio operators decide to commemorate a special event by setting up a special station,” he says. “Industry Canada has approved our call sign and we can now move ahead with our plans to broadcast one or more stations attempting to make as many contacts [as possible] within Canada and around the world promoting Sir John A.’s two hundredth birthday.”
Dick says his society is licensed to use the call sign (VC7SJAM) for the entire month of January 2015, but the emphasis will be on the actual birthday on January 11th 2015.
He explains that ham radio operators make contacts with other hobbyists in Canada and internationally. Many new friendships are formed but most contacts involve an exchange of information on how the signal is broadcast between the two stations.
“The contact is finalized when the special station sends the other something called a QSL card which confirms the contact and can be used for various certificates and awards,” he says. “The card is about the size of an old-fashioned postcard but has the contact details and likely a picture of the ham’s special station or their surroundings.”
Dick says the card design is on the drawing board and will probably feature a photograph of Macdonald as well as historical information. To save on postage, Dick says there is an active worldwide volunteer network that helps distribute the cards.