I still remember how exciting it was to hear Harvey's voice on my ham radio. It was 1968 and I was at an isolated weather station in the North West Territories. “VE8DL this is VE4KT calling on schedule. I have a Yankee Lima on the line and she's waiting to talk to you.” This is ham radio jargon. “Yankee Lima” is phonetic language for the letters Y and L which means “young lady”. In other words, your girlfriend. It meant that he had my fiance Morlyne Schenk on the telephone and he was ready to set up a “phone patch” to connect the telephone to his ham radio so that I could use my radio to talk to her. Those phone patch converstations meant a lot to us. It was the only way we could communicate throughout the twelve months I served at that station. Only one of us could talk at a time, so your dad patiently sat there waiting while one of us talked, then flipped a switch so the other could talk. Such was the technology in those days. What happy memories! It's sad to know that he's gone now. He was a fine man and a good friend. David Clark.
Monday February 12, 2018 at 9:53 pm