The Foundations of DRTE
(F.T. Davies)

A Brief History of CRC
(Nelms, Hindson)

The Early Days
(John Keys)

CRC's Pioneers


Bits and Pieces


The Alouette Program
The ANIK B Projects
David Florida Laboratory
Defence Communications
Detection Systems
The DRTE Computer
Doppler Navigation
HF Radio Resarch
The ISIS Program
Janet - Meteor Burst Communications
Microwave Fuze
Mobile Radio Data Systems
Prince Albert Radar Lab.
Radar Research
Radio Propagation Studies
Radio Warfare
Search and Rescue Satellite
Solid State Devices
Sounding Rockets
Trail Radio


John Barry - Doppler Navigation
John Belrose - The Early Years
Bert Blevis - The Role of the Ionosphere and Satellite Communications in Canadian Development
Bert Blevis - The Implications of Satellite Technology for Television Broadcasting in Canada
Richard Cobbold - A Short Biography of Norman Moody
Peter Forsyth - the Janet Project
Del Hansen - The RPL Mobile Observatory
Del Hansen - The Prince Albert Radar Laboratory 1958-1963
LeRoy Nelms - DRTE and Canada's Leap into Space
Gerald Poaps' Scrapbook
Radio Research in the Early Years
John Wilson - RPL as I Recall It, 1951-1956



Annual Reports





April 20, 2009

"The Art of Travelling Light"


Doug Small

Sponsored by the Friends of the Communications Research Centre

And The Annual General Meeting

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Commencing at 1:00 PM in the CRC Auditorium

For the past 15 or so years he and his wife Brenda have spent two or three months each winter travelling to various countries, during which they have continually worked on the art of travelling light. This is the topic of his talk today.

Doug Small is the former Ottawa Bureau Chief for the Global Television Network and a life member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery. He began his career as a wire service reporter with the Canadian Press, spent a year as editor of the FP News Service, and has been a freelance magazine writer and newspaper columnist.

All Friends of CRC, their spouses and friends and employees at the Shirley Bay site, including DRDC, CSA and military personnel, are cordially invited. As usual, Friends will be meeting beforehand for lunch in the CRC Cafeteria.

Dear Friends,

We are reaching the end of our active year and will have one more newsletter in May and probably another during the summer. I have enjoyed putting the newsletters together and hope you have enjoyed reading them. We are always looking for input from the members as this is the best way to keep ideas flowing and provides us with the inspiration to continue. Thanks to all who have sent emails, letters and information in the past.


Future Events:

Thursday, April 30, 2009. The Annual General Meeting and "The Art of Travelling Light", by Doug Small, at 1:00 P.M. in the CRC Auditorium, Building 2C.

Thursday, May 28, 2009. Briefing and Tour of CFAWC, the Canadian Forces Aerospace Warfare Centre, Ottawa Detachment. LCol. Ebner, officer-in-charge, CFAWC Ottawa Detachment, has kindly invited Friends to a briefing and tour of the CFAWC facility at Shirley Bay at 1pm on Thursday, May 28. Those wishing to attend please leave a message with your name at 613-990-6673. As usual, Friends will be meeting beforehand for lunch in the CRC Cafeteria.

Summer 2009. We plan to have an outing this summer and are looking at several ideas but no definite plans have been made yet. We will notify the members when something has been finalized.


On April 15 at the Britannia Yacht Club, 25 Friends sat down at the table (yes, one long table) to enjoy a good meal and to get caught up with some of their friends from years gone by. The food was great, the ambience was good, the odd beer was sampled and the chatter was sustained. Thanks to Colette Cole and "support staff" for making it happen. Too bad there weren't more of you there to enjoy it with us.

The speaker of the day, Harry Needham, appeared in a "uniform" befitting the 1700s, the era of which he spoke. A heritage consultant and former Director, Programs and Operations of the Canadian War Museum, he held the total attention of the audience with an animated presentation on the significant role the military played in the development of Ontario. Several Friends got detailed answers to their follow-up questions.

Submitted by Doris Jelly

E-mails Received:

From: Graham Booth

Date: March 31, 2009 9:27 PM

To: Christopher Terry

Subject: Friends and the History of Canadian Aviation

Dear Christopher,

This is to add my thanks on behalf of the Friends of CRC for your taking the time to come and talk to us. That you held the audience for an hour plus just shows how interesting they found your presentation, not only the art work and photographs but your commentary as well.

We were also really pleased that a good contingent of your Ottawa detachment of the Aerospace Warfare Centre were able to attend. I had a particularly interesting talk with their commander,

LCol. Frank Ebner. He was good enough to invite the Friends to come and visit his detachment at Shirley Bay. I hope that we can organise that before his departure in June.

Thank you again for coming to talk to us.

Yours sincerely,

Graham Booth

On behalf of the Friends of CRC

From: Laval Desbiens

Date: March 28, 2009 5:45 PM


Subject: Headingley

Thank you very much John and Jim for making these info about Headingley, it brings me in closer to the site

All the best to you both



We will be having a combined retirement party for Dawson Hill, DCO and Stu Penney (PCMS).
After 29 years with the Federal Government, 13 years with CRC, Dawson Hill will be retiring from his position as Electrician, with Operations and Maintenance (DCO).
Also after 36 years with the Federal Government, all within CRC, Stu Penney will be retiring form his position as Warehouse Technician, with PCMS. We will celebrate Dawson's and Stu's retirement at a luncheon (BBQ) to be held on Thursday, April 23, 2009 starting at 11:45am (in building 70).


ROBINSON, Peter Professional Engineer March 31, 2009, peacefully at Grace Manor, at age 85, after a long journey with Alzheimer's. Peter is remembered with much love by his wife Jean, children Andrew and Julia, son-in-law Ian, and grandsons Benjamin and Edward. Peter is also missed by his brothers John and Michael, and their families in England. He was lovingly cared for by the staff at Grace Manor, and is fondly remembered by the Gatineau Gliding Club. A Celebration of Peter's life will be held on Friday, April 17th at 11 a.m. at St. Richard's Anglican Church, 8 Withrow Avenue. Reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Salvation Army Grace Manor or the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated

Dave Andean has confirmed that this is the Peter Robinson who worked on the CTS satellite (and also MSAT) at CRC. On CTS, he looked after the TT&cC subsystem. I remember him well.

MARTIN, John G. 1930 - 2009 Retired R.C.A.F. Peacefully, at home at the age of 78. Beloved husband to Micheline (Pommet) for 57 years. Father to Doris (Regent Lepitre) and Alfred G. Martin. Grandfather to Tabitha (Jason), Natasha (Shawn), and Joshua. Great Grandfather to Donovan, Tanner and Shaylee. Friends may pay respects at a Service in Memory of Mr Martin, Friday January 16, 2009 at 11 am, in the Chapel of the Kelly Funeral Home 2313 Carling Ave, (West of Carlingwood). In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated.

That’s all there is for this Month, enjoy the spring weather.

As ever,

Your Editor,

Jim Sawtell

Phone: 613-836-579

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