CANADIAN FORCES COMM SYSTEM - 1966

The April 1966 issue of Sentinel Magazine carried an article contrasting the existing Canadian Forces communications system with a new one that would be submitted to the Canadian government for approval in the fall of 1967.

The pre-Unification network control was exercised in part by Army Command and Area Signal Officers and in part by the RCAF at functional commands - Air Transport and Air Defence.  Gradually, however, the command was being streamlined and all relays and terminals were eventually absorbed into a common structure backed up by a certain amount of regional coordination and management.

In the post-Unification network, groups of relays and associated terminal points were to be reorganized into zones, each controlled by an area supervisor or manager. Each would have a small management staff, one or more relays, and a number of terminals. The manager would be responsible for fixed communications services in his area which would likely include telephone and Telex - a two-way telegraphic communications system between points whose contact was established by dial code and the message then transmitted by telegraphic key or on a perforated tape. Other items would be equipment for intercommunications systems, range communications, and the periodic communication facilities necessary for the control of exercises within the area boundaries.

Communicators were confident that the new Canadian Forces Communication System, which will form a large part of the total Armed Forces communications resources, will create a highly efficient and economical system.

Other benefits will be of a more personal nature for those who will run it. The planners of the CF Communications System do not foresee a trade structure or career path restricted to the fixed communications field. They consider this undesirable and unlikely, and point to the fact that a static communications system has always provided a useful source of trained personnel for operational employment. This means greater career opportunities, more varied employment and better posting possibilities for all service communicators.

Moreover, the communicators were enthusiastic about plans for the future of the new system. A team of consultants was already exploring all aspects of modern communications technology dealing with land, sea, air and overseas communications, including the possible use of satellites. Their master plan was expected to be submitted to the Canadian government by the fall of 1967.

Can anyone confirm if the post-Unification system was implemented in part or its entirety? Contact: jerry.proc@sympatico.ca

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Before Unification 
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After Unification
Pictorials via Sentinel Magazine, April 1966 

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