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 Decemebr 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
Holy Night played on the violin and a reading from the Bible. A second short program was broadcast on December 31, 1906.
Canadian radio amateurs are authorized to use the following special event prefixes during the period 1 December 2006 to 31 January 2007
CF for VA stations
CG for VE stations
CH for VO stations
CI0 for VY0 stations
CI2 for VY2 stations.