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Ham Radio Course

Interested in becoming a Ham Radio operator? SONRA is taking names of those interested in a spring course, one night per week. You’ll learn everything you need to pass the Industry Canada exam and become a licensed ham operator!

If you’re interested or would like to know more, please contact us!


New Linked Repeater Map

Finding a linked repeater in Newfoundland is now much easier, thanks to a new interactive map on our website.

Repeater Map Sample

This will be particularly useful to tourists or those unfamiliar with Newfoundland geography. Rather than a text list, you can now use this Google Map to explore and see all local repeaters on the linked system. These VHF repeaters are linked to each other, and generally, have the most activity since people can talk from all over the island.

The interactive map can be found on our Repeaters page:

We may someday have every repeater in the province, and other things like APRS, etc, listed. It is a time-consuming process, so we’ve started with what will benefit the highest number of people!

Marconi Transatlantic Radio Signal 115th Anniversary

On December 12, 1901 at Signal Hill, Marconi received the first transatlantic radio signal. SONRA members commemorate this each year, usually from Cabot Tower on Signal Hill with call sign VO1AA. Unfortunately, due to road and electrical upgrades, Cabot Tower is closed until the new year.

Instead, to celebrate the 115th anniversary, we’ll be operating from Admiralty House Museum using call sign VO1BZM. Look for us on 14.260 or thereabouts.

Marconi has a rich history at Admiralty House. The museum is located at the former H.M. Wireless telegraph station built in 1915 by the Marconi Telegraph Company.

To learn more, click here.



Repeater News

A couple of updates for the island-wide linked repeater system:

  • VO1 ISR Goulds is now linked to the island-wide system. If you already had this repeater programmed in your radio, it will now function with the link. Coverage is Goulds, Mount Pearl and the highway south-west towards Bay Bulls and Outer Ring Road. Freq: 146.640 –
  • VO1 MST Marystown is now back on the air and on the island-wide link! Special thanks to VO1 DNK. Freq: 146.850 –

The nightly Caribou Net happens 9pm NT on the linked system.

Thanks to VO1 MXZ for his continued work on the repeaters and all others who have been helping!

St. Anthony repeater is being worked on and we will provide an update soon. Plans for Birchy Lake & Baie Verte are in the works as well.

SONRA en français

Thanks to our VO1BZM summer student, Kassie, much of the SONRA website static content is now available in perfectly translated French.

Some content, including news items, may either be unavailable in French, or translated using an automatic service.

The site should automatically detect the correct language based on browser settings, but you may also choose manually.

We are still making some adjustments, so feel free to let us know if you discover any issues!


Today’s The Day! RAC AGM & Ham Fest

The best place to follow for updates would be the SONRA Twitter & Facebook pages.

RAC AGM Webinar stream for those who wish to view from anywhere begins around 11am ET. Registration closes 1 hour before the meeting begins. Click here to register.

RAC lineup of events can be found here:

And the entire day schedule here:


VO1BLR Birchy Lake Repeater ONLINE!

Great news! The VO1 BLR Birchy Lake Repeater is once again ONLINE after some hard work and contributions. For a full list of those who helped with the project, please see our previous post.

VO1MXZ & VO1VXC continued upgrade work this past week with new electrical, insulation, vapour barrier, floor & heating system. Oh, and of course the repeater! It is online with APRS and CW identifier at 146.640-. A few minor things left to complete at the site, but it is now operational and ready for winter.

Thanks to all those who helped make this project happen!

VO1BLR is a standalone repeater, but hope is to someday connect it to the NL Linked Repeater System. It is now on the linked system.


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RAC AGM & Hearts Content Cable Station 150th Anniversary Ham Fest

The Radio Amateurs of Canada 2016 Annual General Meeting and the Hearts Content Cable Station 150th anniversary Ham Fest will take place at the Hearts Content Cable Station on September 10th, 2016. Afterwards, enjoy a meet & greet social at VO1DM’s summer home in Greens Harbour. Sponsored by SONRA (Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs), BARK (Baccalieu Amateur Radio Club) and UTARC (Upper Trinity Amateur Radio Club).

Read on for details!