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John Gushue

Joined DOT in 1956 - Retired in 1990

 
 

 

Frank is from Brigus, Newfoundland. His great grandfather, Thomas Gushue crewed with Capt. Robert A. Bartlett, "Sailing Master and Navigator". "Bob" Bartlett was the captain of the "Roosevelt" for Peary on his last 2 expeditions towards the North Pole -- 1905-06 and 1908-09. Prior to that, Bartlett's uncle John had served with Peary from the early 1890s. The Bartletts were from Newfoundland. Frank's grandfather and father also sailed as engineers with Captain Bob Bartlett.

 

Here is a URL with some info:   http://www.matthewhenson.com/rooseveltcrew.htm

 

(Source Frank Gushue Sep 19, 2004)

 

 

 

Frank Gushue joined DOT as a radio operator 1956-57 and took Met training on Bloor Street in Toronto. There were no vacancies for a while for postings and they were left at Bloor Street for six months where they got a good meteorological grounding. He worked at Muskoka Radio Range before going North to Pond Inlet and Frobisher. He spent the longest time in the North at Clyde River (1957-59) where he was replaced by Alex McQueen. He recalls working Stan Surber, W9NZZ while at Clyde River. After Clyde he went to North Bay where he was with Frank Ryan and Frank Adams. Vern Stroud and Ed Hancock were also at North Bay with Frank.


While at North Bay Frank had applied for two competitions and was offered two jobs. He chose the Aircraft Radio Workshop in Ottawa and reported there, at around the same time as John Gilbert, in March 1960. 


Frank remained with the Workshop into the early 70’s when he moved to the Ground Training School. He gave a course at the school on avionics for the last 17 years of his career retiring in July 1990.  Since 1990 he has been teaching robotics and microprocessors at Algonquin College.

 

 

 

Station Stamps from the Frank Gushue Collection

The Muskoka Stamp (May 31, 1957)
Muskoka is near Gravenhurst, Ontario. "It seems to me that Toronto (YZ) monitored Muskoka (QA) Radio Range. Remember the twilight N, predominate A, etc. I worked at Muskoka  for about a year before going up North. I believe all the four course Radio Ranges are now obsolete. Muskoka is a beautiful resort area".


(Frank Gushue, December 4, 2004)

Toronto Aeradio Stamp (November 21, 1958)
"A scan of  Toronto Aeradio Date stamp. I used HP Deskscan ll. The image views nicely in Corel Photo Paint 5.0."

 

(Frank Gushue, December 2, 2004)

North Bay Radio Range Station Stamp (January 12, 1960)


(Source: Frank Gushue)

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