This radio romance started with a blind date in Victoria, during the days of the Distant Early Warning radar netywork in Canada's
north. A lonely technician, on leave, dated a nurse from St. Joseph's Hospital, here, but like most blind dates, it didn't
go well. Neither was impressed! But, back in the isolated northern outpost, "absence made the heart gro fonder."
The lonely swain got on the radio to renew his friendship, via my ham radio and a phone hookup. It wasn't easy, the nurse
didn't want to talk to him! With the help of the head nurse, I got them hooked up again, in spite of radio interference and
time differences. Several times they made up, but threatened to break it off. He was guarded, realizing that the whole North
was listening in to a kind of ham soap radio. When he hesitated, an unknown voice broke in, "for Gawd's sake tell her
that you love her!"
That did it, they married and now live in Eastern Canada with two children. Thanks to ham radio!
The weatherships Stonetown and St. Catherines.
For many years Canada maintained weather ships, first The Stonetown and St, Catherines, and later the VAncouver and Quadra,
which had radio amateur hamshacks as the ships were out for seven weeks, on Ocean Station Papa, about a thousand miles west
of home port Victoria. Sometimes home emergencies arose and many were transmitted by Roy Parrett to the ships at sea. On board
the weather ships were Jack Scarlet, VE7JS, OIC Radar, and Bill Harris Third Engineer on Stonetown, then on the newer Quadra.
The newer weathership Vancouver on Ocean Station PAPA