By Dave Lawrence, VA3ORP
This area contains photos involving vintage military gear from all
services. Following are descriptions of each photo. Use the buttons below under each photo (scroll down) to progress through the collection. Many thanks
to Dave for providing these excellent perspectives!
(I apologize for the distortion in a few of the photos, but this seems to depend upon which browser is used and I have no control of it. MSEI seems to be better than Netscape, at least when I test it on my own machine. However, to see an undistorted version, right click on the photo then select 'view'. - Bob)
19_Set_ORP_CampX (First Photo, seen when 'Start Again' button is clicked.) This was from inside the bell tent during Operation "CAMP-X". This was to mark the 55th anniversary of VE-Day and we used it as an opportunity to do some ground-wave trials.
19_Set_Ant_Meas This was the set-up used for making some of the
antenna parameter measurement s for 19 Set antennae. Note the
dolly-cart for moving the 19 Set on carriers #23.
19_Set_CBK_1 This was taken at CFB Kingston during the 90th anniversary
of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals in 1993. We were trying to
see how much Chris (VE3CBK) looked like the "Wireless Willie" cartoon
19_Set_CBK-2 This shows Chris (VE3CBK) operating the W.S. No. 19 Mk III
at our Murney Tower display in the summer of 1999. We had the bell tent,
radio gear, line equipment and some visual signalling kit. Good picture
of the radio...not such a great one of Chris!
19_Set_mobile This was taken at the Ontario Military Vehicle Association
drive-in at Oshawa in June 1999. This was our second attempt to operate
the 19 Set mobile. This exercise convinced us that operating a 19 Set
in CW while driving a car with a manual transmission is not really all
that smart! It is not a very tidy installation either...better to put it
in the back.
19_Set_ORP_1 This was New Year's Eve 1999/2000. We had a sked starting
at 0030Z and, as we were having a formal dinner at just about that time,
I was a bit overdressed for operating a 19 Set.
19_Set_RIH_1 This is Alan (VE3RIH) in his "underground communications
bunker". As you can see, he is prepared for TVI complaints from the
19_Set_RIG_2 This shows Alan (VE3RIH) operating the 19 Set mobile from my
old Volkswagen (summer 1997??). This attempt was not a great success but
pointed the way to greater things.
19_Set_RIH_3 Here is Alan (VE3RIH) manning the display alongside HMCS
Haida during the special event to mark the 75th anniversary of the Royal Canadian
Navy Volunteer Reserve. We had the time signal being received on the 19
Set, had that connected through the Wireless Remote Control Unit to a UC-6
Switchboard and from there to some field telephones. It all worked very
well. We also used the heliograph that day (almost blinded a few visitors
as it was a sunny day!). Jerry Proc (VE3FAB) is in the left background.
38_Set_ORP_1 This was taken at the CFB Borden Open House a few years ago.
It shows the way a W.S. No. 38 was carried. In addition to the set on the
operator's left side, there is a battery case (much like a sigs satchel)
carried on the back.
48_Set_CBK_1 This "intense" character is Chris (VE3CBK) with a posed shot
of him and the W.S. No. 48. This was taken during a few free minutes
during the weekend marking the 50th anniversary of VE-Day. He was trying to order
48_Set_FtHenry An historically "incorrect" photo showing Chris (VE3CBK)
and Dave (VA3ORP) doing a "present arms" while carrying 48 Sets. This was
during the "officer of the Day Parade" on the rain soaked parade square at
Fort Henry (Kingston, Ontario). One of several "Warriors' Weekends" events
that we have done there.
48_Set_ORP_1 The best photo of Dave (VA3ORP) and the 48 Set! This was
taken during a weekend event in Perth, Ontario, where we (Chris and Dave)
had a static and active display of WWII communications gear. The camera used
was about the same vintage as everything else in the picture. Actually,
Dave is slightly younger (vintage 1948).
48_Set_ORP_2 Another shot of the 48 Set taken with the old camera. The
fellow on the left is Eric Booth, a reenactor from Ottawa.
48_Set_ORP_3 Dave (VA3ORP) out for a stroll along the river in Perth,
Ontario, trying hard to keep in contact with Chris (VE3CBK) and his 19 Set.
48_Set_ORP_CBK Two nice 48 Sets and a couple of WWII desperados! Taken in
Gananoque, Ontario during the 50th anniversary of VE-Day.
Borden_ORP_BDB Dave (VA3ORP) and Bob (VE3BDB) manning the display during
the CFB Borden Open House in the summer of 1999. This was a special
display of "light blue" telecom gear to mark the 75th anniversary of the Royal
Canadian Air Force. The set on the table between Dave & Bob is the RCAF
AT1/AR2 General Purpose set. The Morse code display in front got a lot of
attention from the younger visitors. Anyone who has been to Borden in the
summer knows why we had our tunics off!
carrier.jpg This is the "proper" way to move a W.S. No. 19! Note the "A" set
antenna on the right rear corner. The Universal Carrier was restored by Mr.
Bruce Parker (presently living in Iqualuit, Nunivit - formerly NWT). Bruce
used the carrier to "remove" Colonel Gerry Coady from the parade square at
the end of his Change of Command Parade at CFB Kingston (28 July 1993).
The Colonel was VERY surprised!
DDay_1 To mark the 50th anniversary of D-Day, the Museum of Applied
Military History staged a mock invasion of the beach at Gananoque, Ontario.
The battle scene had 30 reenactors in Canadian kit coming out of a landing
craft while 20 Germans tried to defend the beach. Again, the Canadians
were victorious! Although it might look like a W.S. No. 48 on the operator's
back, it was actually an AN/PRC-77 that was being used to coordinate the
attack. In the centre of the landing craft we have Chris (VE3CBK) and Dave
DDay_2 A 3rd Div RCCS Signaller ready for the invasion!
LSDSR_CBK Chris (VE3CBK) demonstrating the LSDSR (Lamp, Signalling,
Daylight, Short-Range) as part of the display at Murney Tower, Kingston
Oshawa_Ant_1 Bruce (VA3BBW) checks out the 34 foot mast that was being
used for ground-wave trials (10 June 2000). Note the base insulator and the
method of putting the 19 Set partly in the trunk and partly in the back
seat. The split seat in the Saturn is great for this!. The antenna lead
is very short with this configuration yet you can still reach all the
controls. Obviously the operator sits in the rear passenger seat.
Oshawa_Ant_2 An overall shot of the "temporary base station" from where
ground-wave trials were being conducted at Oshawa, Ontario, 10 June 2000.
Perth_ORP An overall shot of the display of WWII infantry signalling gear
that Chris (VE3CBK) and Dave (VA3ORP) mounted at Perth, Ontario.
Left-to-right we have the W.S. No. 19, D Mk V field telephone, UC-6 field
switchboard, signalling lamp, W.S. No. 48 and 2-foot flag for visual.
Pipes_CBK_1 Chris (VE3CBK) with the famous Scotish signalling device -
bagpipes! This was taken at the end of an evening cruise of the Thousand
Islands - D-Day 50th anniversary.
Pipes_CBK_2 Chris (VE3CBK) warming up the pipes at Fort Henry, Kingston
Ontario. It was an interesting form of QRM while Dave (VA3ORP) was trying to
zero-beat a 19 Set!
VE_Day_CBK Chris (VE3CBK) rides "shotgun" while the linemen get the field
phones working. Taken during the VE Day 50th anniversary battle scene in
VE_Day_CBK_Carr Chris (VE3CBK) in the back of Bruce Parker's Universal
Carrier. It didn't take Chris too long to figure out that riding was
better than marching! His W.S. No. 48 has been stowed in the carrier.
VE_Day_ORP Two signallers standby while the surrender is arranged (50th
anniversary of VE Day, Gananoque, Ontario). The lineman on the left
(Richard Parks) was a lineman for Bell Canada in this day job. The 21st
Army Group patch on his tunic belonged to his father who had been a lineman
in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. On the right, Dave (VA3ORP) is
wondering how he will straighten the antenna elements and just how wet his
W.S. 48 is inside! Again, when you bring all the right kit to the picnic,
you don't get any TVI complaints!
VE_Day_Surr The final surrender during the VE Day 50th anniversary. Note
that there are three signallers supervising - Dave (VA3ORP) on the left
with the slightly soggy W.S.48, Richard Parks, lineman in the centre and Chris
(VE3CBK) on the right. Somehow Richard has no weapon and Chris has a
W.S.48, Lee-Enfield rifle and a STEN sub-machine gun. No wonder he is not
BDB_&_key Bob (VE3BDB) tries to get his leg high enough to secure the key
for the W.S. No. 48. Theresa (xyl of Dave, VA3ORP) dressed in uniform of
Canadian Wormens' Army Corps sees more humour in the situation than Bob
does. Photo taken at the display for 55th anniversary of VE Day at Camp-X
(spy school) near Oshawa, Ontario.
BROWN_01.JPG and BROWN_02.JPG These pictures are of an unusual "signalling device" (aka Bren Gun) that we had on display this summer during our cruise on the Victory ship, the SS John W Brown. As you can see, it can be used for signalling to either ground troops and the navy (fixed lines mount) or for signalling to aircraft
(anti-aircraft mount). Range is about 2,000 yards and it is guaranteed to
get someone's attention...especially when firing tracer bullets!