WAS - Duluth, MN
This Ship-to-Shore station served the bulk-carriers and freighters on the Great Lakes and particularly on Lake Superior. I personally know very little about it and cannot remember ever hearing it.
The June 30, 1939 FCC Annual Report indicates that the initial license for WAS had been granted during the past 12 months. Frequency allocations above 3 MHz were approved during the FCC fiscal year that ended June 30, 1941.
Former home of WAS - Taken by John Harrison Late in 2005 - The building was white during the WAS years
WAS Station Location in Duluth
photo of the former WAS operating console
was photographed in 1996 or 1997
by Mark Karney, N9JWF at the (now closed?) museum
near the Two Harbors, MN lighthouse.
Notice that there is some similarity to the 1937 operating room
Perhaps it is the same equipment moved from to Lorain to
the Lorain station expanded in the '40's or maybe they built identical
setups for all three stations? The 50's Al Klopp
has the Hammarlund receivers just like the 1937 WMI photo. The
Hammarlund receivers are gone in this photo replaced in the
rack by six receiver channel strips from their maritime units.
change was made at WMI. In the 1954 WMI photo
there are many Hammarlund
receivers in the equipment rack on the right. In the >1955
photos, all but two of the Hammarlund receivers have been removed and
eight receiver channel strips installed.
Here's a link to the WMI page which also provides more information about Lorain Electronics, the owner of this station, WAS and WMI.
Some of the WAS Crew and Their Recollections
|Melvin (Mel) Werking||Manager||1941 - 1944|
|Edward Ansell (ex W9PSA)||Operator||1943 - 1945|
|Albert E. Klopp, W0QXI (SK)||Manager||1944 -1979|
|Walter Clayton Toms W0PIH (SK)||Operator||1944 - 1979|
|Dorothy Wolf (SK)||Operator||1946 - 1979?|
|Lloyd Horton||Operator||1943? - 1945+|
|Dale Grimwood (SK)||Operator|
|Jim Scott||Technician||1943? - 1945+|
Dorothy Wolf usually worked the night shift and had a wonderful very deep and sultry voice. She was a remarkable woman who was deformed at birth and as a result was very small with a curved spine and one leg about 6 inches shorter than the other, She lived in a custom-built home not far from WAS. She had kind of a fan club of ship captains going, and when she would sign the station off in the evening usually an anonymous caller would chime in "Goodnight Dorothy". Though she never met any of the captains they would send her bottles of liquor at Christmas. It's doubtful that they knew of her deformity. She was a great woman and by overcoming her adversity had a great life. This information provided by her nephew, John Wolf.