at Hartlen Point, NS Monitoring Station during World War II. Transferred to
the Vancouver District Office in the early 1960s.
Opérateur radio au centre de
surveillance de Hartlen Point, NE pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale.
Transféré au bureau de district de Vancouver au début des années 1960.
February 18, 2018
It is a rare occasion when one
spectrum warrior finds a real radio amateur in our land! Well I found one the
other morning while searching ( as all old monitoring operators did and still do
) here and about the web.
His name is Steven McDonald.
I found him on Mayne Island BC and to top it,
he permitted me to trace a man named Baxter who
was an operator we knew of at the Hartlen Point
monitoring station and of whom we had lost trace.
Usually, when I
find one such real ham, I write him to mark the point.
Steve McDonald states:
Laval, from the west coast!
there are a few of us still striving to keep the hobby from becoming too
dumbed-down by the lack of awareness exhibited by many new hams. I guess
we can't really blame them since many of them grew-up when radio was no
longer magic. It must be in your blood at a very young age to truly love
wrote my ticket at age 15 (Grade 10...took the day off school) and
travelled to downtown Vancouver by bus...had the you-know-what scared
out of me by big 'old man
at the DOT...but passed with flying colors... VE7ANP. "
Bill Baxter was a formidable man...60-ish (of course every adult looks
60 to a 15 year old), 6'2", balding white hair, big hairy white
eyebrows with a white dress shirt rolled to the elbows and dark
tie...gold wire-framed glasses and spoke with a gruff demanding voice. I
suspect he must have been in the Army at some point in time! Very
intimidating to a shaky 15 year old hoping to realize the dream of his,
so far, short life.
He became much
friendlier after he saw my CW skills. I could send easily at 25WPM on
the hand key and copy around 45WPM as I had been studying CW for about 3
years at that point. »
William J Baxter
was the Examining Officer
on Steven McDonald's
Amateur Certificate of Proficiency in
a high school teacher at age 20 and taught for 35 years...in the same
school! Mostly drafting and electronics. I had briefly considered
getting a commercial ticket and do some RO work or coastal station work
for the CG but soon shed that idea when I realized there was little $$
and likely a harder life, away from home too much. "
Steve maintains a
and an informative interesting
February 18, 2018