Stories & Anecdotes

Series

Spectrum Management From the Early Years to the 1990s by Laval Desbiens

Dreamers & Doers by Gordon Pole

Les récits de Yvan Gaudreault

Reminiscences of a Naval Radioman (Sparker) by Donald Courcy

Tatlock Early History:   Chapter 1     Chapter 2     Chapter 3     Chapter 4

 

Inspections/Investigations/Enforcement

Static Kills Radio Reception

Inspecting CKAC (Montreal)  (1922)
Our Radio Trouble Hunters   (1927)

Illégal à Québec / Illegal in Quebec City  (A radio enforcement anecdote by Laval Desbiens)

All in a Day's Work (locating interference sources) (1961)

Interfering with Interference (1967)
Radio Inspection Ain't What it Used to be - Tom Foucault (1974)
Vancouver Inspectors check fishing boats, super tankers (1975)
RF energy affects heart pacer (1975)
Doing what comes naturally (Janet Palardy) (1975)
CATV Inspections easier with new truck (1975)
Crane raises Cain till grounded (1979)
Closet calling teeth...closet calling teeth (1980)
Vancouver - A marine emphasis (1981)
Offshore radio safety inspection: a "first" for DOC inspectors  (1981)
Spectrum Management Sector: problem solver (1985)
Radio inspectors - Guardians of the airwaves (1988)
Inspector helps track down criminal (1988)
Radio inspector battles the elements (1988)
Northern Radio Inspector Rolf Ziemann finds variety in job (1989)
Airwave interference problem solved by district office (1989)
Radio interference now a smaller headache (1994)
Artificial intelligence to assist radio interference inspector (1994)
A Day with Inspector Philip (1998)
Radio Inspectors Take the Road Less Travelled (1999)

Locating Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT's & EPIRB's)

Radiofrequency Interference

1947 - Much ado about the radio inspector

Radio Interference in Lloydminster, Alberta in 1950

Radio Interference affecting 23 Radio Detachment at Saint John NB in 1944

(1930) Severe Radio Interference in Squamish, BC

Radio Inspector will clean up interference in Hanna, Alberta in 1929

 

Licensing & Regulations

1920 - Certificate No. 1 of Proficiency In Radiotelegraphy Granted by the Department of the Naval Service

1921 - License No. 167 to use Radiotelegraphy Granted by the Department of the Naval Service

1923 - License No. 1 to use Radiotelegraphy Granted by the Dominion of Newfoundland

Historical highlights in the early regulations of radio in Canada

Spectrum Management from the early 1970's Leading Up to Computer Automation in the Early 1980s by Maurice R. Drew

Canada's Radio reference case to the Privy Council in 1931

A new coding for an emission

First Class Certificate of Proficiency in Radiotelegraphy (1932)
Private Radio Receiving License issued to Alfred Crevier (1932)

CBC Requesting an Increase to $5 per year for the Radio Receiving License Fee - $10 Proposed for TV Reception (1949)

Radio Licence Section photo (1950)
Trade Fair Showcases Radio Division (1950)

Special Private Receiving Station Licence (1951)

Radio Licence is Gone by G.H. Hierllhy (1953)
New Licence Policy Proposed - 12.7 to 12.95 Gigahertz (1974)
Licence fee hike: first in 7 years (1975)
2,200 radio permits issued by district to city on wheels (Stan Davis) (1975)
Break! Break! - new channels for CB radio (1977)
Satellite earth station licensing under review (1978)
Variable fee schedule new for radio licences (1979)
Taking a new look at personal radio (1979)
Review yields new licensing system (1997)

Notes on the Bill Beaton Collection of Radio Licences  by John Gilbert

A Primer in RADIO SPECTRUM MANAGEMENT

Static Kills Radio Reception

 

Monitoring

Illégal à Québec / Illegal in Quebec City  (A radio enforcement anecdote by Laval Desbiens)

1972 - Excuses for an infringement report  -  Pour expliquer un rapport d'irrégularité (timeless)

Now it can be told ! (Radio operators in the Battle of the Atlantic) (Lloyd Cope) (1940)

Ottawa Monitoring Station Moves to New Home in Almonte (1956)

C. A. Bambrick, OIC Strathburn Monitoring Station wins suggestion award (1962)

Policing the Airwaves, Montague Monitoring Station on Prince Edward Island (Bob Ferguson) (1962)

Maurice Drew recalls an adventure with VE8TU in Alert  and Almonte retalliates ! 1963

Retirement - E. Davey (1964)

Early efforts in Ottawa 1967 report from Ed Davey

Monitoring stations guard against interference (Léo Daigle)    (1975)

A monitoring pioneer recalls the way it was    (1976) (Ed Davey)

New mobile spectrum monitoring system unveiled (1985)

Project Interact - New wave in spectrum management (1987)

Surrey monitoring site (1988)

Communications Canada gets a bearing on direction-finding equipment  (1994)

Mysterious Vans in the Glebe (1998)

Project PIRATES (2007)(English)

Projet PIRATES (2007)(Français)

Channel occupancy ( Maurice Drew )

Mobile Integrated Remote System (MIRS)

Eavesdropping on silence

Remote monitoring trailer and IRMA

Our Radio trouble hunters

Grand Island Monitoring Station

Bill Wilson has recollections about the activities carried out at the Ottawa Monitoring Station

From the Pacific Region: A chronicle which relates to monitoring and 'Y' activities  by James Whiteside

 

Co-ordination

Between friends    (1976)
Spectrum management between friends   (1980)
Computers help keep border airwaves clear    (1989)

Canada/U.S. Radio Frequency Planning and Coordination   by Bill Wilson

 

International

DOT Officials at World Conferences (1956)
Charlie Acton and the Canadian Delegation to the ITU in 1959 (1960)
Delegation to CCIR Plenary Assembly (1963)
EARC 63 (Space Radiocommunication and Radio Astronomy) Delegation Report (PDF)(4MB) Annex (PDF)(4MB)
Perrin Elected to ITU Body (1974)
CCIR Plenary Assembly (1974)
Advent of Satellite Broadcasting Raises International Concerns (1974)
Nations disagree at conference on broadcast satellites (WARC '77) (1977)
Canada announces 1979 WARC proposals (1979)
Follow the guide for a tour of the international branch (1979)
Well done: WARC '79 (1980)
WARC: huge task, successful result (1980)
What a difference 20 years makes (1980)
Canada and Saudi Arabia sign an agreement (1981)
The 1983 RARC - a long and exacting task (1982)
Canadian Delegation at ITU Administrative Council (1983)
Canadian Delegation at 83080101 COMCITEL (1983)
Gary Brooks departs for Geneva (1983)
Telecom '83 (1983)
John Gilbert on special assignment (1984)
Telecom '87 - Communications greatest show on Earth (1988)
Department earns a piece of the sky (1988)
Canadians help reach agreement on telecommunications regulations (1989)
International exchange: experiencing a different culture (1989)
ITU conference deemed a success (1989)
Canadians in dual role at WARC '92 (1992)
Bob Jones wins election to UN agency (1994)
International recognition for spectrum management expertise (1995)

Condolences from the ITU for Henry Kieffer (2011)

 

District Offices

Key Telecom Staff Meet in Ottawa  (1955)

Regional Radio Regulations Superintendents meet in Ottawa (1962)

New District Offices - Yellowknife, Northwest Territories and Windsor, Ontario (1974)
New offices open (1975)                                      
New district office opens in Cranbrook (1975)
New district office in Charlottetown (1976)
Regional directors pow-wow in Ottawa (1980)
Vancouver - A marine emphasis  (1981)
Spotlight on the Regional Offices (1983)
New offices in Vancouver (1983)
Ottawa district office: nerve centre for a wide area (1984)
District Managers gather (1987)
St. John's staff depend on self-reliance and co-operation (1992)
Heavy spectrum use keeps Island hopping (1992)
Toronto district: innovation makes it work (1992)
Mavor Moore talks culture at National District Directors' meeting (1993)
District Office Directors swap homes and jobs (1993)
District offices team up to beat pager interference to ships (1993)
Hello from Spectrum (District Directors Meeting) (1997)
 

Laboratory

(1920s) Radio Test Room (Dave Hayman) (1920s)
Radio Pioneer Retires - E. D. Hayman (1955)
Retirement of L. Holvey, Radio Test Room (1958)
New DOT Lab Plays Vital Role (1960)
Eavesdropping on Silence (Ionospheric Sounding) (1967)
Keeping the weights and measures of telecommunications honest (1980)
The Telecommunications Engineering Laboratory (1984)
Communications on the air - VY9CC (1989)
More news about VY9CC (1989)
Dan Sigouin - Hole in one (1998)
Gabriel Clavel and Paul Campbell - 50 Years On The Job (1998)
Going once! Going Twice! Sold! (1998)
Certification Lab Photos (1998)
Millenium Project Adopts Winning Strategy (1999)
Digging in for the Millenium (1999)
Radio Test Room recollections
The History of ELECTROMAGNETIC COMPATIBILITY ADVISORY BULLETINS
 

Special Events

Television Appreciated (Coronation of the Queen) (1953)
Historic Phone Call Made (1956)
Olympic Task - Gilles Mignault, Pierre Roy, Jacques Bourassa (1974)
Olympics strain crowded spectrum (1975)
Boats make waves at Place Bonaventure (Serge Lefrançois, Claude Auger, Gilbert Paquin, Richard Joubert) (1976)
DOC communications system smoothed papal visit (1984)
Fort Simpson well prepared for the Pope (1987)
Ice Storm 98 - To The Aid Of Telecommunications Companies by Mélanie Turcotte (1998)
Ice Storm 98 - Vital systems keep going by Michel Milot (1998)
Taking Care of APEC in Vancouver (1998)
Swissair (1998)
Swissair Flight 111 - Spectrum Team Awarded for Role in Crash Aftermath (1999)
Industry Canada Prepares for Year 2000 (1999)

Toronto Visit of Pope John Paul II in 2002  by Donald Courcy (2002)

An Olympian Effort by Donald Courcy (2009)
 

Computer Systems

Computer analysts tackle EDP needs    (1975)
Better service planned for users of spectrum    (1975)
Department computerizes the West Coast    (1978)
SMS: better use of a crowded spectrum (1979)
CB'ers take heart, Big Buddy's on the job  (1980)
Department demonstrates computer expertise  (1989)
Computers help keep border airwaves clear   (1989)
CESA: Computer program speeds licence applications   (1992)
Electronic messaging service keeps public service managers in touch   (1992)
Artificial intelligence to assist radio interference inspector   (1994)
 

Broadcasting

Canada's First Radio Broadcasting Network  by W.J. Wilson

CBC Requesting an Increase to $5 per year for the Radio Receiving License Fee - $10 Proposed for TV Reception (1949)

Early Days of Radio Broadcasting   by Bill Wilson

Notes on the Bill Beaton Collection of Radio Licences  by John Gilbert

WILBERT B. SMITH - His Work in Broadcast Engineering in the Radio Division of DOT

 

Amateur Radio Service

Development of Radio Regulations for the Radio Amateur Service (1904 - 1924 ) by Larry Reid, VE7LR

1920 - Certificate No. 1 of Proficiency In Radiotelegraphy Granted by the Department of the Naval Service

1921 - License No. 167 to use Radiotelegraphy Granted by the Department of the Naval Service

1923 - License No. 1 to use Radiotelegraphy Granted by the Dominion of Newfoundland

Souvenir of a radio amateur exam at the Montreal district office

Maurice Drew recalls VE8TU in Alert

July 1919 Issue of Radio Amateur News Magazine   Courtesy of Jacques Hamel, VE2DJQ

The Ham Radio Cartoons of the late Stan Hill, VE3DQ  Compiled by John Gilbert, VE3CXL to ensure history will not be lost

Field Day 1992 - The Minister On The Air

 

Emergency Telecom

Flood Waters in Winnipeg (1950)
Committee plans for disasters (1977)
Saving lives by keeping tabs (1979)
Communications keep flood control afloat (1979)
Department provides services to Saint-Basile-Le-Grand (1988)
Emergency Telecommunications - When a Little Co-operation Goes a Long Way (1995)
Got an Emergency? Just Call on a Good Neighbour (1996)
Emergency Communications in the Yukon Receives a Boost (1997)
IC Pitches In To Beat The Flood Of The Century in Manitoba  by Michel Milot  (1997)
Ice Storm 98 - To The Aid Of Telecommunications Companies by Mélanie Turcotte  (1998)
Ice Storm 98 - Vital systems keep going by Michel Milot  (1998)
Swissair (1998)
Telecom: an essential service (1999)
Swissair Flight 111 - Spectrum Team Awarded for Role in Crash Aftermath (1999)

VY9CC

2001 - IC's Emergency Response Teams Spring into Action

 

Ionospheric Work

Ionospheric Work

Resolute Bay Ionosphere Station (by Lloyd Cope) (1949)
Eavesdropping on Silence (Ionospheric Sounding) (1967)
 

Training

Description of the Elmux Course (Gary Brooks) (1960)
DOT Radio Operator #500 - Gilles St-Pierre (1964)
Administrative Telecommunications Agency (ATA) - First Telecom Course (1966)
New DOT Course to Meet for Radio Operators (1967)
New Inspectors Trained (1974)
School in the Arctic (1974)
Electronics for beginners (1978)
Course leads to employment in Fort Smith (1981)
More supervisors trained (1985)
Informatics training in the ADMSM sector (1988)
Toronto employees never fully trained (1992)
Staff go to Kitchener for radio basics (1992)
Training required - the spectrum management program (1995)

Spectrum Management Training - Prince George, British Columbia (1997)

Microwave Training - Toronto (2011)

 

Recollections

A Technologist Experience   by Maurice Nunas

Of Wilbert Smith   by Alban Violette (in French only)

Of Interference on 156.8 MHz   from another easterner

On the subject of amateur examination   by Michael Cresthol

Interference on the DEW Line   by Alban Violette (in French only)

Assistance... technical or other ?   by Alban Violette (in French only)

Gilles Migneault and Alban Violette Investigate on the Gaspe Peninsula   by Alban Violette (in French only)

Three Radio Operators Killed in a Plane Crash in 1949 (thanks to John Gilbert)

Department of Communications (DOC) Early Days   by John Gilbert

Early Days of Radio Broadcasting   by Bill Wilson

The Birth of Electromagnetic Compatibility Advisory Bulletins (EMCAB)   by Bill Wilson

Canada/U.S. Radio Frequency Planning and Coordination   by Bill Wilson

Remember When We Had Private Receiving Station Licences ?   by Bill Wilson

(1949) Resolute Bay Ionosphere Station   (by Lloyd Cope)

DOC man broke rum runner's code  by Cec Kenny

Art Carew Recalls on the History of Telecom Regs   by Art Carew

Maurice Drew In Alert   ( Maurice Drew recalls VE8TU )

Bill Wilson remembers some fore'fathers  by Bill Wilson

Spectrum Management from the early 1970's Leading Up to Computer Automation in the Early 1980s by Maurice R. Drew

A Radio Operator in Gander 1943 -Roland Masse’s story

 

Radio Operators Exams and Certificates

To be certified as a radio operator

On the subject of amateur examination by Michael Cresthol

 

Of Old Radio Operators

Stories Received from former ROs, Sparks and Technicians

Ernie Holland Sojourn in the Eastern Arctic

Northern Vignettes... # 1 (Prince Philip next door in 1953) by Chas Fisher

Life as Installation and Construction Technician - Western Region - 1959 to 1987 (from Milt Watts)

Vancouver radio  1945-48  from Al Miller

Souvenirs of Smith River Radio  from Milton Watts (1950-1951)

Souvenirs of Cambridge Bay Radio  from Milton Watts (1951-1953)
Souvenirs of Medicine Hat Radio  from Milton Watts (1953-1954)

Cambridge Bay (again)  from Milton Watts (1954-1955)

Souvenirs of Edmonton Radio  from Milton Watts May 1955 - August 1958)

Souvenirs of Norman Wells Radio  from Milton Watts (1958 - 1959)

Life as Installation and Construction Technician Western Region  from Milton Watts (1959 - 1987)

Nitchequon 1959/1960  A captivating story from Ed Harvey

A Radio Operator in Gander 1943 -Roland Masse’s story

From Halifax to Vancouver onboard the R.C.M.P. Schooner St. Roch via the Northwest Passage in 1944

A Brief History of MCTS  by Lea Barker ( Source: John Gilbert )

History of the Car Radio  (Source: Michael Power)

A Lancaster return trip from England with Charles Mackie (MP3 audio file)

Off from Iceland to Montreal with Charles Mackie (MP3 audio file)

1914 - Radio Operating Table onboard Canadian Submarine HMCS CC1

 

Acts/Regulations/Policy

A consolidation of regulations from the early days (PDF format in English)
Wireless Telegraph Act (1905) (in French)
Confirmation of Marconi Agreement (1906)
Radio Act (1938) (PDF format)
New Licence Policy Proposed - 12.7 to 12.95 Gigahertz    (1974)
Regulations to curb radio interference (1976)
New legislation introduced on telecommunications    (1977)
Communications bill re-introduced (1979)
Spectrum allocations: making a policy (1979)
Earth station policy widens ownership (1979)
CRTC to hold 2-phase public hearing (1980)
New regulations prevent spectrum pollution (1989)
Act updated to keep pace with new radio uses (1989)
Development of Radio Regulations for the Amateur Service (1990)
Spectrum Framework - Phase II consultations begin (1992)
Art Carew recalls on the history of Telecom Regs

EARLY JOINT CANADA / UNITED STATES RADIO FREQUENCY PLANNING AND COORDINATION

CANADA'S RADIO REFERENCE CASE TO THE PRIVY COUNCIL Regarding the Regulation of Radio in Canada (1932)

Historical highlights in the early regulations of radio in Canada by J.W. Wilson, Nov 2006