The Canadian National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science joins IEEE Canada, the Engineering Institute of Canada, Bell Canada, TELUS, and SaskTel in recognizing completion of the Trans-Canada Microwave System in 1958 as one of the greatest engineering accomplishments in Canadian history.
The Trans Canada Microwave System History Project is an effort to reach out to the thousands of Canadian engineers with recollections and memorabilia of the system and preserve these in a digital archive to be jointly administered by IEEE Canada and the Canadian National Committee of the International Union of Radio Science (CNC-URSI).
The photo gallery contains several images of the Trans Canada Microwave System courtesy of the Bell Historical Collection, all rights reserved.
This academic working paper summarizes the historical significance of the Trans-Canada Microwave System, what obstacles had to be overcome to complete it, and what sets it apart from similar achievements.
Trans-Canada TD-2 radio system television and telephone network route
A-17988-S - A snow-covered TD-2 tower near Creston, B.C., 1959.
A-23731 In Ottawa, Bob MacDonald (left) adjusts the equipment which links the microwave system to long distance and television facilities, 1953.
A-13018 Microwave radio relay tower on top of the Adelaide-Elgin building, Toronto, 1953.
A-23727 Construction crew, Olive, Ont., 1956.
A-14859-S - Canada’s first coast-to-coast closed circuit press conference with Thomas Eadie, President of Bell Canada, at right, June 18, 1958.