Monday, December 18, 2006

Special Canadian ARO prefix to celebrate 'Hello' broadcast

From: "Radio Amateurs of Canada HQ" <>
At the request of Radio Amateurs of Canada, Industry Canada has authorized all Canadian radio amateurs to use special event prefixes for the months of December 2006 and January 2007, to mark the 100th anniversary of the first AM voice broadcast by Reginald Fessenden on December 24, 1906.
Reginald Fessenden, who was born in East Bolton, Quebec, on October 6, 1866, and lived until July 22, 1932, was the holder of more than 500 patents on a wide variety of subjects, and the inventor of radio as we know it today. He is particularly known for: the first voice transmission by radio in 1900,the first transatlantic two-way radio communications in January 1906, and the first radio broadcasts of entertainment and music in December 1906.
On Christmas Eve, 1906, from a transmitting station in Brant Rock,Massachussetts, he sent a short program which included the song "O HolyNight" played on the violin and a reading from the Bible. A second short program was broadcast on December 31, 1906. Canadian radio amateurs areauthorized to use the following special event prefixes during the period ofDecember 1st (2006) to January 31st (2007) inclusive:CF for VA stations CI0 for VY0 stationsCG for VE stations CI1 for VY1 stationsCH for VO stations CI2 for VY2 stations
(Source: Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin # 788/Outer Banks)