Laval as a great writer once said,”I remember very clearly everything that
happened during my career with the govt. And even more clearly the things that
I graduated in 1952 from the Radio School ,of what is
now the Fisheries College, in St. John’s, NL with a Second Class
Certificate,November 25th,1952 and then went to Cape Race to spend a year there
as a Radio Operator,. In November 1953, I had my Certificate endorsed and after
my leave I worked in the DOT Marine Radio workshop until December 30th 1953..
January 4th 1954 I went to Ottawa and received three
months training in Ionosphere operations to be, in march 1954, posted to the
Winnipeg Ionosphere Station and later, august 20th 1954 to Resolute
Ionosphere where I stayed until August 25th 1956.
After my three months leave, and broke, I reported to
the Ottawa Ionosphere Station and was there until the end of October 1957. I
then applied to go back up north again. Somehow Radio Aids Division of DOT got
wind of my desire to go back north and asked me if I would go as OIC Resolute
Aeradio, of course I accepted and after three weeks familiarization at Dorval,
Ottawa and Winnipeg, landed at Resolute Aeradio as OIC ,December 1st, 1957 and
stayed there until December 1958.when I left Resolute and came to Ottawa once
again where I had won an RT2 position in type approval testing, at the Radio
Regulations Division (Later DOC) Laboratory, located on the central experimental
farm property. During the war it was a military monitoring station.
following year, 1959 Radio Regs built a new Lab at 1241 Clyde Avenue,that’s the
one you are familiar with. A group of us Techs, headed up by the Engineer Walter
Maclon spent the next couple of years turning it into a first class test
facility, for Type Approvals,Radio Environmental,EMC, Radio Systems and
monitoring development and outfitting vehicles for the Radio Inspections
I ascended up the pathway there to an EL6 supervisor
of operations.( I think that’s where we first met, later at St Lambert). I think
it was midway 1973 I won an EL7 position at DOC HQ, Journal Bldg, Ottawa,
writing Radio Standards Specifications,(my eight months there is another story
that would require a
Later on in 1974 I was successful in winning an EL8
position at DOT HQ, Air ground Air radio communications , a division of the then
DOT, Air Navigation Branch, developing maintenance and installation standards,
writing Specs and trouble shooting etc.
That’s where I stayed until my retirement in March
1987. It was a joyous place to work.