was not far advanced, and the paint in the new station hardly dry
before we noticed quite an increase in business, and an entirely
different aspect, and we realized that at long last the R.C. Signals
in Dawson had "come of age", as it were. Our previous
23 years experience and sluggish progress, almost overnight, became
very ancient history as we blossomed forth all of a sudden into
adult and professional status and a veritable glare of publicity
and prominence. Now we were right in the centre of town, instead
of isolated and marooned in the obscure environs; and we saw more
people and activity in one day than in six months at the old log
we soon discovered that our technical, mechanical and maintenance
worries had proportionately increased. Plenty of "bugs"
remained for us to run to earth and most of them were aggravatingly
complicated by being at the remote station, which at times was difficult
of access either due to deep snow or gooey mud preventing anything
but a caterpillar tractor or "shanks mare" getting to
1946 we entertained an unusual number of visitors from Signals,
Engineers and Airforce who dropped in at various times on business
and tours of inspection. In August we enjoyed a three hours visit
from our Director of Signals, accompanied by three other Sigs officers.
The only similar, previous visit we have on record was in August
1939 when Col. P.E. Earnshaw, the Director of Signals at that time,
visited us for three days.
Aug. 28th 1946 a civilian crew of four men, with S/Sgt. Barnes,
RCE, i/c, arrived to assemble and erect our two 150' steel masts,
and complete the earth system, Long Wave aerial and transmission
line. This was completed, except for a part of the intricate earth
mat, by Oct. 7th and we then proceeded with great enthusiasm and
anticipation to coax 10 amps or more of aerial current from the
PV.500 transmitter which the instruction book and the new aerial
system promised . BUT, alas and alack, no such heart warming and
ether blasting power could be wheedled into the aerial on any of
our authorized frequencies. We had to be content with the same old
feeble three amps after all. To say the least, we were disappointed.
But it's been like that every time! From our 1921 days of the 120
watt set, through SITD.500s, M7xs Marconi 1 KWs, PT.200s etc, we've
been sadly disillusioned - none of them behaved according to the
glittering promises of "the book of words' which accompanied
them. Nevertheless, we always put out a good signal, so must be
thankful for small mercies and small outputs.
Nov. 1946 we welcomed Sigmn. Bill Bushell to the fold, and a few
days later ushered L/Sgt. Bill Hunka on his way back to Edmonton,
and settled down to what proved to be the coldest winter ever recorded
in Yukon. Temperatures as low as 73 below zero (Feb. 3rd '47) were
experienced, and during Nov., Dec., Jan. and to the 10th Feb. the
average temperature was about 20 below zero daily.