Ham Radio & Canada: The Early Years (Part 2)

The history of ham radio officially began in 1901. It began when the federal department of Public works established two radio stations at Chateau Bay (Near the northern tip of Newfoundland).

The stations were built to be an extra option instead of the cable connecting the north shore telegraph line with Newfoundland due to it being prone to ice damage during the winter.

The two stations communicated with another using telegraphic code.

Telegraphic code: is one of the character encodings used to transmit information by telegraphy. Morse code is the best-known such code. Telegraphy usually refers to the electrical telegraph. (Source: wikipedia)

Due to Canada's harsh conditions, radio technology laid the foundation for the adoption of radio communication in connection with linking places and people which were inaccessible by telephone lines or telegraph.

Canada's government interest in radio came from a variety of sources over…

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Ham Radio & Canada: The History Part 1

The beginning of Amateur Radio dates back to the early 1900s. It was used to benefit Canada in many ways. Centuries later, Amateur Radio is still a big advantage to Canada.

1901: The Beginning

The history of communication via amateur radio began in Canada in 1901, when two small federal government installations began operating across the Strait of Belle Isle (which Is location on the Northern Tip of Newfoundland.)

Later that year, Guglielmo Marconi conducted his famous transatlantic experiments between Poldhu, Cornwall, and St. John's, Newfoundland. Although the work of Marconi may have captured the imagination of many, the primary business of radio at this time was marine communication.

Creds to: History.com

The ability to communicate with ships at sea was of great importance. Marine communication was the most glaring gap in the systems built around the telegraph and telephone. The government tended to concentrate their attention on it…

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