Ralph D. Cameron


Electrical and Microwave Engineer. Worked in installation of microwave, paging and other radio systems. Devoted 35 years to resolving RF Interference/EMC related problems.

Ingénieur électrique et micro-ondes. A travaillé dans l'installation de systèmes à micro-ondes, de radiomessagerie et autres systèmes radio. Consacré 35 ans à la résolution des problèmes liés aux interférences RF/CEM.


Education / Employment History


1952-1955 - Ryerson Institute of Technology- (Toronto) - Honours Graduate

1955-1962 - Canadian National Telecommunications (Toronto) - Outside Plant Engineering and Microwave Radio Group - Coordinator for Grande Prairie-Alaska microwave system and extensive preliminary field surveys for the Newfoundland Microwave System, Montreal-Rimouski, and St. Arsene-Jonquiere microwave systems. Coordinator of video installations in downtown Toronto and at CFPL-TV in London, Ontario.

1962-1963 - W.H. Pitfield Ltd. (Toronto) - Responsible for installation and application of wireless paging and nurse call doctor paging systems.

1963-1965 - Tele-Radio Systems Ltd. (Toronto) - Inside Sales/Technical Support for communications products - municipal and provincial sales

1965-1967 - Allan Crawford Associates (Willowdale) - Office Manager, Inside Sales/Technical Support - quotations, tenders and supplier liaison.

1967-1974 - Instronics Techno-Products Ltd. (Stittsville) - technical sales representative to a wide variety of Eastern Ontario accounts.  Products included precision test equipment, thin/thick film semiconductor furnaces, gas doping and test systems and precision plotting systems


1975-1975 - Texas Instruments (Canada) Inc. (Ottawa) - Government Account Manager - responsible for all area sales of the Digital Systems Div. including analog / digital computers, major security communications customers for specialized electronic printers and test and measurement equipment for research and development laboratories. Took courses on measuring, recording, and storing of data and electrical standards.

1975-1995 - Tektronix Canada Inc. (Ottawa) - Government Accounts Mgr. and Office Mgr - major government and research and development laboratories, security and communications customers.


Amateur Radio History


1947 – First licensed as VE3BBM in North Bay. Since then most of my on-air activity has been on CW.


Former member of North Bay A.R.C., London A.R.C., Skywide A.R.C. and Champlain Repeater Association.


Life member Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club and current member Ottawa Amateur Radio Club, Society of Wireless Pioneers, Antique Wireless Association, Morse Telegraph Club, Ottawa Vintage Radio Club and Radio Amateurs of Canada. For 14 years served as Radio Amateurs of Canada delegate to RABC EMC Committee and was chairman of that committee for two years.

Wrote "CROSSWAVES" column in The Canadian Amateur for 12 years and devoted 35 years to resolving RF Interference/EMC related problems for amateurs and commercial clients. The Ralph Cameron Laboratory at University of Vermont, E.M. Luce Center for Speech and Hearing studies is the result of the successful consultation which resulted in considerable savings during construction of their new language training facilities.

Have consulted on problems associated with proximity of transmitters to consumer electronics and assisted Industry Canada in resolving these conflicts. Have acted as a Court "expert witness" in two legal cases involving lack of EMC in consumer electronic equipment.


Awarded RAC Radio Amateur of the Year in 1986 and the RAC Award of Honour in 1993.

Currently volunteer as an operator at the Diefenbunker Museum.


From time to time enjoy disposing of amateur radio estates, which provides first opportunity to acquire collectibles.


Member of QCWA ( QCWA # 8805 ) and one of the twenty-one Charter Members of Chapter 70. Served as Vice President in 1996. Received the QCWA Century Certificate at the Chapter 70 September 2003 dinner meeting and QCWA “65 Year Licensed” Golden Certificate and lapel pin at the May 2012 dinner meeting. Was in charge of prizes in the QCWA 2004 International Convention Organizing Committee. At that convention gave a presentation on “Airborne Equipment”.


Biography prepared by VE3XK based on resume provided by VE3BBM


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