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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