Vector-Echo-3-Charlie-Whiskey-Mike (VE3CWM)

Posted: February 13, 2013 in Cold War, Volunteering

Written by Tanja Sofrenovic

Vector-Echo-3-Charlie-Whiskey-Mike (VE3CWM)! This is the call signal of the Diefenbunker: Canada’s Cold War Museum’s HAM radio station. Every Tuesday evening the Amateur Radio Club meets in the former Emergency Radio room of the museum, right next to one of the bunker escape hatches! Using high frequency radios, they talk to people from all over the world.

Amateur Radio Club - Photo by C. Scharf

Amateur Radio Club – Photo by C. Scharf

What makes this HAM radio station unique is the fact that it is one of the few places in Canada that operates from a museum. The group was started almost ten years ago by several members who were passionate about radio communication. Since then, they have rebuilt and acquired much of the radio equipment that was originally used during the Cold War.

While most of us are used to the cellular phones and the internet, which provide us with instant messages anywhere we go, there is something magical about radio communication. You never know who will respond to your call (called CQ in radio talk) or if they will even speak English! If you are interested in learning more on this topic or if you would like to become an expert in using Morse code, join us at the Museum or register for our March Break and/or Summer Spy Camp.

Tanja Sofrenovic is a volunteer writer for the Diefenbunker, and has been capturing the interesting history of our amateur radio station.

  1. VA3QV says:

    Reblogged this on VA3QV's Weblog and commented:
    If you ever visit Ottawa this museum station is worth checking out…

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