Note from Ryan Silke:
I have some information regarding the Gordon Lake sig station; it is probable
that the Sigs bought the radio station from Mackenzie Air Services in 1937.
The gold rush to Gordon Lake occured during the very late fall of 1936, and
MAS erected a low-power radio transmitter/reciever set at the Mining Corporation
of Canada campsite at the Camlaren showing for it's own purposes. The station
was maintained for much of the winter of 1936-1937 by Cliff Brindell and
Emile Dagenais. Brindell was operator for MAS and Dagenais was Mining Corp
This camp was located a little bit north of the Camlaren Mine and the buildings
still exist today. I visited the site in September 2001 and found an old
log cabin and several ruins of tent frames. I'm not sure if the RCCS used
the same buildings for their radio station, or if they relocated directly
to the Camlaren Mine. This may have made more sense since the Camlaren camp
was quite substantial at the time. Although some photos of Camlaren for this
time period exist, I've never seen any with a radio antenna. I'll have to
look some more. Either way, here is a photo of the MAS log cabin used as
a radio station in 1936.
Camlaren was demolished in the late 1980's.
Ryan Silke - Webmaster, NWT Mining Heritage