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Cold War Radar

Studying at Clinton

Personnel would start their jouney at St. Jean Quebec which was for teaching basic military skills.  Those who went on to study radar (as well as some other trades) would be sent to Clinton

Here, both technicians who worked on radar, and the operators who used it were trained.    About 2000 people graduated each year from Clinton. 

At Clinton, there was an attempt to make studying as easy for the students to understand as possible since radar involved many complex subjects.  For example, when math was not needed it was simplified.

The method of study placed a strong emphasis on the student's role.  These students were expected to work outside of class in order to really succeed.  Hands on experience was also emphasized when studying at Clinton.  This is visible through the $5 million worth of equipment that was in use there. 

There were various courses offered, all having thirty hours of teaching each week. Outside of class there were ten hours set aside for general training and sports.  Some courses were as little as 9 weeks long while others ranged to 43 weeks long. 

No. 1 Radar & Communication's first class was sixteen weeks made up of twenty males.  At the time it mostly theoretical because there was no equipment to practice on.  Hoever, the teacher and students soon assembled some, based on the English system.

Many of these early teachers had Wartime experience with radar.

Some of the the specific topics that students were introduced include the triode, screen grid tubes, the amplifier, special purpose tubes, voltage regulation, the cathode-ray tube, the cathode-ray oscilloscope, vacuum-tube oscillators, amplitude modulation and detection, frequency and phase modulation, radio wave propagation, antenna fundamentals, transmission lines, antenna coupling methods, antennas and rotating devices, diodes, cr and lcr-circuits, magnetism and electricity, soldering techniques and wiring practices, and solid state technology, 

The students that graduated were sent to many places and positions which air defence (though this was still being worked out in the early days).  Other work they may have undertaken included observing weather, as well as non-radar related work, like aiding in floods.