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International Marconi Day 2017

We’re honored to once again be operating from the historic VO1AA at Cabot Tower on Signal Hill for International Marconi Day this year!

Many hams around the world are always excited to make contact with us on this day.

SONRA’s club station will be active starting around 06:30 UTC on Saturday, April 22nd and we’re hoping to have the station staffed with an operator for as┬ámuch of the day as possible until evening / early afternoon.

We’ll do our best to push out some updates on our Facebook / Twitter regarding what bands we’re most active on and where you may be able to find us!

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.



Field Day 2016

We had a great Field Day 2016! The weather was beautiful, and there were lots of people on Signal Hill. It’s always an honor to operate from Signal Hill, where Marconi received the first transatlantic wireless signal. We had a great attendance, with plenty of new hams included. Unfortunately band conditions weren’t excellent, but that didn’t stop us from making plenty of contacts and having a great time!

We also enjoyed communicating with other clubs and stations via social media. Although our favorite place to be is on the air, being able to share pictures and educate the public via Facebook and Twitter is a great thing.

Thanks to all who made contact with us. We look forward to next year!

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Marconi 100th Anniversary

For many months, we had been tossing around the idea that we would like to host a major event in 2001 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first transatlantic signal reception at Signal Hill, in St. John’s. Ideas turned to actions in late September, 1996, when we were graced with the visit of Prince Guglielmo Giovanelli Marconi, the grandson of Guglielmo Marconi, and a film crew from England, who were here to do a documentary on communication. Being the operators of the Amateur station at the site in question, we were asked to help out with the film.