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Cloverdale monitoring station


In 1972, Larry Reid set the wheels in motion to purchase the property where the Cloverdale monitoring station would be situated. He flew to Ottawa, met with property management which resulted in Teleglobe providing funding in the negotiating deal and the property was purchased.

 

Vern Read was the Officer in charge of the radio operator staff for 4 or 5 months before taking ill and going on leave. He was replaced by Roger Drouin acting as Officer in charge. Jim Whiteside then won the job as District manager and the staff was converted to Radio inspectors.

 

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Cloverdale Monitoring office circa 1976. The building dates back to the 1950's when it was constructed for use as a transmitter site for Canadian Overseas Telegraph Corporation (COTC). Department of Communications took over the building and furniture in approx. 1973. At that time, the Ladner monitoring station was closed and the operation was moved to this building south of Cloverdale. It began operation in 1974. Total property size is in excess of 300 acres. Each spring, the early nugget potato crop was a real treat for us.

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Monitoring consoles; MF-HF on the left, VHF-UHF on the right.

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Redesigned MF-HF console at a somewhat later date

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Inspector Neil Callow operating the manual DF system inherited from DND, 1977.

 

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Staff and visitors photo, circa 1980 . Back row, left to right: Pat Bruce, Neil Allwood, Nigel Bell, Manager Jim Whiteside, George Green, Joan Nodge, Ron Gloux, Craig Millham, Monitoring supervisor Verne Wileman, Kulwant Gill.

 

Front row, left to right: Neil Callow, Gordon Hermann, Kim Mikkelsen, Hal Hickey, Garry Goebel, Mayur Kothary.