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November 2022 – Newsletter (part II)

Christmas Luncheon:

Tuesday, December 6th 2022.

Please let us know No Later Than November 30th if you plan to attend. I neglected to mention that it starts at 12:00 noon.

Another thing, if you have issues with contacting Butch Whitlaw at his Rogers email address, send the email to me, and I will see that he receives any correspondence.

Also, if any of you have anything to donate for door prizes at the luncheon, please bring it along to the event; Thanks.

Christmas Giggle:

Giggle Lunch is planned for Monday, December 12th @ noon @ Red Lobster on Merivale Road.

Address: 1595 Merivale Road, Phone # 613-727-0035.

From Rob Dunbar:

New items for sale – All proceeds to SRS Oldtimers.

IS THERE ANY INTEREST IN THESE ITEMS?

The ball cap can be produced with any service, Royal Canadian Air Force, Navy, or Canadian Army. The wording is the same, just the service changes.

The crest on the hoodie is about 4 inches. This item also comes in crew neck, and 1/4 zipper front. (see attached images)

  • Cost:

  • Ball Cap $25.00

  • 1/4 zipper $55.00 plus tax

  • Hoodies $50.00

  • Crew neck $40.00 plus tax

IF ENOUGH INTEREST, I’LL GET BACK TO INDIVIDUALS. Rob Dunbar <bbsrobbyd@gmail.com>

From John Virag:

Does anyone have contact information for Mike Neal; planning a TQ3 reunion. Thanks;

Indexing rate – Retired members – Pension:

At the end of each year, the Treasury Board Secretariat announced a pension indexing increase that is effective Jan. 1 for federal public sector pensions.

The pension indexation rate effective Jan. 1, 2023, is 6.3 per cent.

https://www.canada.ca/en/treasury-board-secretariat/services/pension-plan/retired-members/rate-pension.html

Something a bit Offbeat – Using visual data to explore world flag elements:

https://flagstories.co/post/132213807903/when-is-it-national-flag-day#132213807903

October-November 2022 Newsletter

There was a touching article in the November Legion Magazine entitled Naming the Dead, about Canada’s Books of Remembrance. With Remembrance Day approaching, I thought it appropriate to share a link to these touching books: https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/books/history

NEXT GAGGLE:

We have scheduled our next Gaggle for noon on December 6th, 2022. This will also be our annual Christmas Gathering, where you can bring your significant other as well. The lunch will be catered by Lolacher’s Catering and will cost $40.00 per person. Please make payment to Butch Whitlaw by cash, cheque or e-transfer, No Later Than November 30th.

From Ed Julien:

The Canadian Tulip Festival and the Royal Canadian Navy are coming together to celebrate the Naval Reserve’s Centennial in 2023: https://tulipfestival.ca/

Soldiers in Tech:

Check this out: https://www.rolandgossagefoundation.com/soldiersintech

Inside a US military cyber team’s defence of Ukraine:

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-63328398

Communications and Electronics Branch (CE Branch Standing Orders) (See attached file).

A bit off topic, but an interesting read that states: 53% Of U.S. Adults Don’t Fear Growing Old—Study Finds People Actually Fear Less As They Age:

https://www.forbes.com/health/medicare/fear-of-aging-survey/

September 2022 Newsletter

From Spud Roscoe spudrve1bc@outlook.com; These are the two books I have had published: Radio History Amateur Radio is 365 pages and describes the history of amateur radio from its beginning until the present time. This includes many photographs. Radio History Ship Shore is 701 pages and describes what ships used for navigational aids and communications from the beginning until the radio officer was removed in 1990’s. It includes a list of the various Canadian fleets over the years with many photographs and a number of distress incidents. Here are links to the first book:

https://books.friesenpress.com/store/title/119734000111686569/Spurgeon-G.-%22Spud%22-Roscoe-VE1BC-Radio-History

OR

https://www.radiohistoryshiptoshore.com/

Mike Blow Profile (nice write-up):

https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/about-vac/who-we-are/department-officials/minister/commendation/bio/1472

 

August 2022 Newsletter

From William McConnell on Facebook: Veterans Affairs Canada Commemorative Partnership Program, honouring those who served Canada in times of war, military conflict and peace, and to keeping the memory of their achievements and sacrifices alive for all Canadians. https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/commemorative-events/commemorative-partnership

From Many on Facebook: A secret no more: Canada’s 1st codebreaking unit comes out of the shadows. Examination Unit’s covert nature kept it out of spotlight for decades.

From Dave Berry:

I have posted in the past articles on walking that I have enjoyed, and inspires me to keep moving, even with the constant sciatica and lower back pain, and this one does an excellent job of emphasizing those benefits: 8 Health Benefits of Taking a Morning Walk. If any of you find these sorts of articles too preachy, let me know, and I will leave them out of future Newsletters.

A bit off topic, but for people like me who have a rudimentary understanding of the French language, I found this video very enlightening: How to translate French words WITHOUT KNOWING FRENCH (3 clever tricks).

For any of You planning a road trip, this Manitoba site has road conditions for each province: Canada Road Conditions.

July 2022 Newsletter

From Greg Jensen – Elsa Lessard Interview

Here is a link to an article about a very special person, who celebrated her 100th birthday on July 2nd:

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canadian-veteran-remembers-role-as-secret-listener-during-second-world-war-1.2653884

From Rob Dunbar – Oldtimer Shirts

Over the Reunion Weekend I had a lot of interest shown in our shirts in different colours. Interest was also expressed by several of the ladies attending.

My supplier can give us shirts from SMALL to 6XL. Colours available are:

Black; Grey Heather; Hunter Green; Lt College Blue –  (the colour we have now)

Navy; Red; Stone; True Royal; White – No medium size; and Wine;

Colour examples at the bottom

Adding names would be an extra charge.

A shirt in any of the above colours, any size from SMALL TO 6XL, with the member’s or associate’s name on the side opposite the SUPRAD crest, to be picked up at Leitrim ARM at a Gaggle or other SUPRAD Oldtimers event including tax comes to $55.00.

You can contact me at: Rob Dunbar bbsrobbyd@gmail.com

June 2022 Newsletter

SUPRAD Oldtimers Charitable Donations

Here is something that we can all be extremely proud of; Our SUPRAD Oldtimers Association Donations since 2005. We have given over $13,000 to a wide variety of worthy causes, and here is the breakdown below:

QUILTS OF VALOUR (X 2) $ 1,100.00

MILITARY FAMILIES FUND $ 3,200.00

(FOUR ANNUAL DONATIONS)

CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY $ 2,300.00

(THREE ANNUAL DONATONS)

A.L.S. $ 1,440.00

(4 ANNUAL DONATONS)

PROSTATE CANCER (ONE TIME) $ 600.00

SALVATION ARMY (ONE TIME) $ 600.00

SHEPHERD’S OF GOOD HOPE (TWICE) $ 500.00

DYSTONIA SUPPORT GROUP (ONE TIME) $ 350.00

OTTAWA MISSION (ONE TIME) $ 250.00

MANOTICK LEGION (ONE TIME) $ 100.00

Alzheimer Society of Cornwall and District $ 1,000.00

MISCELLENEOUS $ 700.00

(4 MCPL TO CDS DINNER, GREELY LEGION ALERT

50TH, O’HARE SHAVING OF BEARD)

TOTAL $ 13,240.00

The history of Canadian Communications Electronic Support Measures (CESM): http://www.rcsigs.ca/index.php/History_of_Canadian_CESM

From John Bennett – Crowsnest Articles

There are two articles in the July/August 1962 Crowsnest about our stations (see attached document). One is called Coverdale’s Picnic Ground, and the other is entitled The Far-Flung Radio Stations.

From Brian Hartnett – An article about Cece (Bob Foers wife Muriels’ sister)

https://www.nnsl.com/nwtnewsnorth/i-did-very-well-didnt-i-remembering-cece-hodgson-mccauley/

From Greg Jensen – Canadian Military Intelligence

Here is a link to a book that will be published later this year:

http://press.georgetown.edu/books/search-1/georgetown?keys=Charters

May 2021 Newsletter:

In order to keep the group in better contact, as there have been no Gaggle meetings for over year (the last one was back in February, 2020) we came up with the idea of putting together a quarterly newsletter.

By way of a refresher, if you want to find the location of a member on the Oldtimers Map, you can enter their name in the search bar near the top of the pane. For example, if you were searching for me (or Jake), enter the last name Berry, and click the link below to have the location pop-up. Then, zoom in using either the mouse wheel, or the plus/minus icons in the lower right corner.

 

September 2021 Newsletter:

Old Photos

During the past month, Pat Guevremont has sent me numerous photos, primarily of Kingston. Here is a link to those photos. If any of You can provide names to the group photos, that would be greatly appreciated.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/17PrbLpoSdxEl5EHlsVBtE_ueYHgj47NH?usp=sharing

 

SAGE Newsletter
Our good buddy Gary Springer and his Mom are on the front cover of this month’s Sage magazine, a quarterly newsletter for Federal Retirees: https://www.federalretirees.ca/en/news-views/publications/sage-magazine

Rob Dunbar Announcements

Also from Rob on Facebook: Rob (bbsrobbyd@gmail.com) is putting together an order for White T-shirt with sweat wicking technology (see image below). Proceeds will be shared with the lions share going to SRS Oldtimers to allow them to keep doing work on our behalf. I will be able to publish a price when I gauge interest. Price won’t be more than any quality shirt.

 

November 2021 Newsletter:

Remembrance Day 2021 – Greely Legion

There were about 200 people in attendance at the Greely Legion for the Remembrance Day activities. I want to thank President Linda Wyman and her staff for putting together this event. In addition to my son and family, I saw Bob Spinney, Jim Humes, Bob Todd, Wayne Moore, Lou Kabesh, Howie Voight, Rob Dunbar, Gary Springer, and Bill Neelin. Also, thanks to Pete Hellier’s feedback, Bill Laidlaw, Eric Coles, Janet Lamothe were also in attendance. Pete further pointed out that the current RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki and her Corps Sgt Major Al McCambridge were also at Greely.

Here is a link to some of the photos:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1De8HP-naKorY7H8OeDXLCGJUE1_6Pw7d?usp=sharing

 

From Terry Whalley

Does anyone remember IAN TREE. He was in Gloucester, Coverdale and Inuvik sometime during the 60’s.

He was a technician. He left the Navy in Inuvik and joined the Inuvik CBC radio station as a tech. And from there went to Whitehorse, etc.

He is in the Kemptville Retirement Home, and just down the hall from me. We are both trying to remember people we both might know., primarily techs. Also, maybe some of our Old Timers” might remember him.

I would appreciate any info, anyone can give me or him. Thanks, cheers Terry

 

From Butch Whitlaw:

Ian Tree was in Inuvik and Coverdale with me. He married Blanch a Moncton girl (waitress who worked with her three or four sisters at the cafe right when you came off the Peticodiac bridge. Paul Stevens, Arnie Lackso and a cook (can’t think of his name right now) married the rest of the sisters. In Coverdale I don’t recall him being on the same shift but do remember him from being around the base. In Inuvik in 1969 Blanch was our daycare sitter for Barry when Orlene was still working at the hospital. I believe Ian was still in the forces when I left Inuvik but I could be wrong on that one. I worked for the CBC with a contract to haul their garbage twice a week. Don’t remember him there as a technician but he could have already been released and working without me knowing. Memory starting to slip a bit.

From Nicolas Daniels
While people are going down “memory lane” about Vancouver wireless I’ve noticed that the old ops building of CFS Churchill is still standing. In fact the entire station was all in the same building.
Maybe it’s cheaper to leave it there than to tear it down and deal with possible asbestos contamination. It can be seen on Google maps and with “street view”. The footprints of the old rhombic antennae rosettes are still visible behind the building. There used to be a picture of this building in the mess, but it’s been moved to the entrance way of the Leitrim Ops building.

http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/sites/churchillnavalbase.shtml

 

A Canadian opens up about her secret wartime work — eavesdropping on Japan

A number of you have forwarded a link to this CBC Story about 97 year old, Marjorie Stetson.
The retired sergeant’s wartime work was so covert, she said, she had to sign 15 separate copies of Canada’s Official Secrets Act.
A very interesting glimpse into WW II Sigint work.

 

WAR MUSEUM – Homage Display
(Gaggle entry from 2019) Two members of the SUPRAD Oldtimers Association, Edna Atkins and Betty Ringrose were chosen to be part of a WREN’s display in the War Museum. This is an art project by local artist Elaine Gobel. Included in a group are four WWII and three post WWII Wrens. The other post WWII WREN besides Betty and Edna is Iris Stinson. Fran Tippet, Doris Hope, Gwen Paget and Mary Sinclair (now deceased) are the WW II WRENs.
(update from Vern Veinot – October 2021): War Museum Homage Display: https://www.warmuseum.ca/homage/; Betty and I were there as guests of the artist when the unveiling of fourteen new pieces of Elaine’s took place. Betty and Elaine have been friends since way back when Elaine who was just starting to do veterans asked Betty to introduce her to some veterans. The drawing of the five veterans from Branch 632 is of course at the Branch. Elaine has many drawings in the War Museum and soon if everyone can make up their mind a drawing of 3 WWII Wrens and 3 post WWII Wrens will be on display. Of the three post WWII Wrens Betty and Edna Atkins are two of them.

On a personal note, I also visited the display at the War Museum in December, and was very impressed.

 

Libraries and Archives Canada Need Our Help

Welcome to Co-Lab!
If you have some spare time, you can transcribe, tag, translate and describe digitized records from archives our collection. It was the Women of War collection that I have been working on, but there might be other collections that strike your fancy. The more work we collaborate on using the Co-Lab crowd-sourcing tool, the more accessible and usable our digital collection will become for everyone using the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) website. https://co-lab.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng

From Ron Henderson

The following link was sent to me by a friend from B.C. It apparently aired on the CTV network in BC in August. It’s about a Bill Rogers who claims he worked at Vancouver Wireless Station back in the 1960s. I was there from 1965 to 1968 and don’t remember him but perhaps some of the Old Timers might.
https://globalnews.ca/news/8107994/cold-war-veteran-airport-surveillance-room/

Interesting anecdote from Ron’s time at Vancouver Wireless Station. Shortly after arrival, I went into Ladner to get a haircut. As I sat down in the chair, as barbers will, he started chatting with me. At one point he asked what I did. I responded that I was a radio operator working at “the station” and then fed him our cover story. Well, I swear, he damn near dropped his clippers. When he recovered, he said with a bit of a grin, that I was the first one to say I was an operator. He said everyone else that comes in from the station claims to be a “truck driver”.
Unbeknownst to me, I guess that was the VWS cover story; a whole station full of truck drivers!

 

December 2021 Newsletter

As 2021 fades into the rear-view mirror, it is time to put together a few items that might be of interest to our Oldtimer community. Also, as there are a number of new members, I have placed excerpts from the previous three newsletters on our Oldtimer site on a new page that I have been working on called ‘Dave Stuff’: https://supradoldtimers.ca/sample-page/dave-stuff/

From Jim Sedgwick – Trade Names

Communicator Supplementary 1948-1955 – Research by Spud Roscoe, Radio (S), RCN — By 1950 there was a CR, CS, CV, CC, rating all with the same badge with the exception of the letter in the circle. Shortly after that, the navy combined the CV and CR to CM and made them one and the same. The CM ratings did a watch in the radio room and then did a watch on the bridge as a Signalman. This only lasted a couple of years and it was just too much for one trade. They went back to CR and CV. CV was Communicator Visual, the Signalman. The CC disappeared sometime around 1953. Just before 1960 the trade name changed. CV became Signalman SG with crossed flags. CR became Radioman RM with the wings of mercury and knob. CS became Radioman Special RS with the wings of mercury and the DF Loops. These badges were changed in 1955 but the trade name did not change until later. The RS and Radioman (RM) branch badges were very similar. Both had the maple leaf with the wings of mercury. Where the wings of mercury joined, there was a solid knob on the RM badge and the loops of the MF/ DF antenna on the RS badge as shown above. The knob and loops were the same size and one had to look closely to see the difference.

From Jake Berry – Veterans Benefits

If any of you are having hearing problems or Tinnitus because of the work we did in the past, I strongly encourage you to call Veterans Affairs to get permission to have a hearing test done. I did about 10 years ago and did not take up the offer of free hearing aids. About a month ago I did another test and am now the proud owner of expensive (but not to me) hearing aids. It is nice to be able to hear again without trying to lip read. Here is a link that provides more details:

https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/health-support/physical-health-and-wellness/compensation-illness-injury/disability-benefits/benefits-determined/entitlement-eligibility-guidelines/hearing_loss

February 2022 Newsletter

Ten Ways to Spot Phishing Email Scams:

The article at the above link proves a number of ways to spot Scam email, including: Unexpected Attachments, Incomplete URLs, and a variation on ‘You’ve Won a Contest!’.

Offbeat Story from Legion Magazine (Spies in New Brunswick)

I had never heard of this prior to reading the article:

https://legionmagazine.com/en/2022/02/the-new-brunswick-bridge-bombing/

Another Offbeat Story from Norm Weir and Others:

Scientists track Arctic hare’s ‘record-setting’ travels around Ellesmere Island https://nunatsiaq.com/stories/article/bbyys-journey-scientists-track-arctic-hares-record-setting-travels-around-ellesmere-island

From Monty Montgomery: Veterans Affairs Survey by ECOS Canada:

The following message is being sent to veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members and former RCMP members of the National Association of Federal Retirees on behalf of Veterans Affairs Canada.

https://www.veterans.gc.ca/…/we-want-to-hear-from-you

From BBC Travel – The Alaska Highway: A subarctic road to prevent invasion:

https://www.bbc.com/travel/article/20220210-the-alaska-highway-a-subarctic-road-to-prevent-invasion?utm_source=join1440&utm_medium=email&utm_placement=newsletter

April 2022 Newsletter

Veterans Benefits Guide 2022

The Guide will help veterans and those assisting them navigate the paperwork to apply for benefits. As the guide is almost 30 pages in length, I have opted to attached the English version to this email. The French version can be downloaded from this site.

Reservists: Who are they and what do they do?

Any thoughts on coming out of retirement??:

https://www.canada.ca/en/ombudsman-national-defence-forces/education-information/caf-members/reservist-information/reservists.html

Importance of our Legs

Being a huge fan of walking, this article is very informative:

https://ageing-gracefully.hyy.com.hk/index.php/importance-of-our-legs/

May 2022 Newsletter

From Norm Weir: From growing up in rural NS to top secret work

From serving as a wireless air gunner in the Second World War, to experiencing a 35-year career with both Loran A and C navigational systems, to flying remote-controlled aircraft, at 98 years old, Don Stocker still enjoys plotting a course.

From John Bennett: On-the-Roof Gang: The U.S. Navy’s Cryptologic Pioneers

The predecessors of today’s naval enlisted crytologic professionals.

June 2022 Newsletter

The history of Canadian Communications Electronic Support Measures (CESM): http://www.rcsigs.ca/index.php/History_of_Canadian_CESM

From John Bennett – Crowsnest Articles

There are two articles in the July/August 1962 Crowsnest about our stations (see attached document). One is called Coverdale’s Picnic Ground, and the other is entitled The Far-Flung Radio Stations.

From Greg Jensen – Canadian Military Intelligence

Here is a link to a book that will be published later this year:

http://press.georgetown.edu/books/search-1/georgetown?keys=Charters

CFB CORNWALLIS – Group photos

(Canadian Forces Recruit School)

I have been working with the webmaster of this site (see below), and if any of you have joining and/or graduation photos from Cornwallis, please send them to me as an attachment, and I will see that the site webmaster receives them. For example, I am in the 1960 photo of Margaree 2/60, along with Don Fisher, Frank Rohl, Bill Davidson to name a few.

http://www.forposterityssake.ca/GALLERIES/STN-CRN-BASIC.htm

July 2022 Newsletter

SUPRAD Oldtimers Reunion – 24-26 June 2022

All the details are available on the SUPRAD Site, including links to the additional photos: https://supradoldtimers.ca/sample-page/announcements/

On a related note reguarding June’s Reunion, I started receiving email and phone calls shortly after the Reunion about people who attended contracting COVID. Yes, one of our worst fears for these gatherings occurred, with at least seven people coming down with the virus. I immediately sent out emails to all in attendance, but there have been no additional reported cases to-date. As for the people who came down with COVID, I have checked back with them, and all are now feeling better.

SUPRAD Oldtimer Website Changes:

There is now a page that displays highlights of past newsletters: https://supradoldtimers.ca/sample-page/oldtimer-newsletters/, as well as a page with some of my favourite links: https://supradoldtimers.ca/sample-page/dave-stuff/. If anyone has suggestions for this page, send it along, and I will see that it gets added.

NEXT GAGGLE

We have scheduled our next Gaggle for August 9th.

From Greg Jensen – Elsa Lessard Interview

Here is a link to an article about a very special person, who celebrated her 100th birthday on July 2nd:

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canadian-veteran-remembers-role-as-secret-listener-during-second-world-war-1.2653884

From Rob Dunbar – Oldtimer Shirts

Over the Reunion Weekend I had a lot of interest shown in our shirts in different colours. Interest was also expressed by several of the ladies attending.

My supplier can give us shirts from SMALL to 6XL. Colours available are:

Black; Grey Heather; Hunter Green; Lt College Blue –  (the colour we have now)

Navy; Red; Stone; True Royal; White – No medium size; and Wine;

Adding names would be an extra charge.

A shirt in any of the above colours, any size from SMALL TO 6XL, with the member’s or associate’s name on the side opposite the SUPRAD crest, to be picked up at Leitrim ARM at a Gaggle or other SUPRAD Oldtimers event including tax comes to $55.00.

You can contact me at: Rob Dunbar bbsrobbyd@gmail.com


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