Site: CAM-4

Pelly Bay, Nunavut


DEWLINE HISTORICAL DESCRIPTION

Topography

  • CAM-4, PELLY BAY, Canada, is situated on 3794 acres in the southwestern portion of Simpson Peninsula. The module train of this Auxilliary Radar Station is located at an altitude of approximately 1000 feet above sea level to the west of a chain of lakes that include Lake Barrow. In general the terrain consists of glacier scarred ancient (precambrian) bedrock, strewed with large boulders and dotted with numerous rock-basin lakes and steep walled depressions. Scattered gravel beds can be found around Lake Barrow. The area around the station is characterized by its rugged relief.

Climate

  • Annual precipitation, including snowfall is close to 8 inches, being heaviest in August and September and least in February. Snowfall is greatest in October and November and averages about 34 inches a year. Absolute minimum and maximum temperatures are minus 55 and plus 70 degrees Fahrenheit respectively

Water

  • The summer and winter potable water haul is a 3 and 1.5 mile round trip respectively.

Satellite Image – High level.

Satellite Image – Close-up.

PHOTOS

Main Console. Radician Doug Wright sitting at the main console. Courtesy Brian (Simon) Jeffrey.

Radar Maintenance. Radician Brian Simon doing PMI’s on the FPS-19 Radar, 1961. Courtesy Brian (Simon) Jeffrey.

G/A/G Transmitters. Radician Brian Simon getting ready to do PMI’s on Ground/Air/Ground transmitters. Courtesy Brian (Simon) Jeffrey.

Tropo Maintenance. Radician Brian Simon doing PMI’s on the FRC-45 Lateral Tropo equipment, 1961. Courtesy Brian (Simon) Jeffrey.

Tropo Maintenance. Radician Brian Simon getting ready to do monthly set up on the “Lateral” Tropo FRC-45 equipment, 1961. Courtesy Brian (Simon) Jeffrey.

Main console. Doug Kerr at the console, Brian Simon sitting on top. Courtesy Brian (Simon) Jeffrey.

Site under construction, winter 1957, courtesy Doug Consul.

Winter 1957 First flight (center of photo) in after 6 weeks of isolation, courtesy Doug Consul.

Winter 1957. “Don’t forget to take your shovel to bed or you won’t get out in the morning!!” Courtesy Doug Consul.

Winter1957. Courtesy Doug Consul.

A few of the crew on break, 1957. Courtesy Doug Consul.

1957 Lower Camp, courtesy Doug Consul.

Doug Consul standing on a “Snow Cat”, 1957.