Saskatoon man says amateur radio connects him around the world
David Weigel went back to amateur radio and was able to communicate with strangers all over the world.
“It’s the most ‘anti-social’ social pastime in the world,” Weigel said.
Weigel can socialize with people from anywhere thanks to his ham radio and an antenna atop his roof.
He can control his direction and direct it to a country he wants to talk to, but that’s never a guarantee. Weigel said it’s like fishing, you cast a line and you don’t know what you’re going to catch.
“I hear an accent and automatically hope it’s someone farther away than me,” Weigel said.
According to Weigel, the hobby is more fun when talking to someone overseas.
Whether it’s someone near or far, the hot topic is usually COVID-19.
“You talk to people who are going through this separately, but you have a connection.”
Many people have taken up the hobby of amateur radio during the pandemic as a way to connect at a time when everything seemed disconnected.
Weigel hopes the resurgence will bring a younger demographic to his club.
Weigel said the amateur radio club will be headquartered at the Saskatchewan Aviation Museum.
“Anyone can come talk to us, and we encourage people to get into this hobby because it’s friendly,” Weigel said.