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RADIO COMMUNICATIONS
AND SIGNALS INTELLIGENCE
IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY

Developed by: Jerry Proc
VE3FAB

Last updated:  October 26, 2013

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 
INTRO

A Brief History of Early Naval Radio Communications
Pre-WWII Equipment Fits and Comms

WWII ERA

Naval Radio Operations During World War II
Ships Radio Equipment - 1943
Algerine Class Radio Fit
Bangor Class Radio Fit
Corvette Radio Fit
Fairmile Radio Fit
River Class Frigate Radio Fit
Ships Radio Rooms - WWII Era and Later
Fisherman's Reserve
RCAF Marine Fleet with Radio Call Signs
The End of Hostilities

POST WAR

Operational Information  - 1950's and 1960's
Radio Communication In Fleet Operations
Distress Communications
Communicator Supplementary and Radioman Special Branch
RCN Communications Equipment  - 1956
Amateur Radio In the RCN
'AN' (JETDS) Equipment Designators
Bay Class Radio Fit
Bird Class Radio Fit
Gate Vessel Radio Fit
Yard Craft, Tugs and Other Vessels Radio Fit
Visual Signalling

TRIBAL CLASS RADIO FIT

Tribal Class Radio Fit - Introduction
HMCS Haida - Main Wireless Office (now Radio 1) WWII Era and Post War
HMCS Haida - HFDF Office
HMCS Haida Radio Equipment - 1950's (All Radio Rooms)
HMCS Haida Radio Room 1 Description  - 1962 Fitting
HMCS Haida Message Center Description  - 1957/1962 Fitting
HMCS Haida Coding Office Description - Korean War Era and 1962 Fitting
HMCS Haida 2nd Wireless Office (now Radio 2) WWII Era
HMCS Haida Radio Room 2  - 1962 Fitting
HMCS Haida Radio Room 3 Description - 1962 Fitting
HMCS Haida Radio Room 4 Description - 1962 Fitting
HMCS Haida Electronics Maintenance Room

 
PRESTONIAN CLASS RADIO FIT

Radio 1, 2, 3, 4 and Message Centre
Weather Ships

RADIO EQUIPMENT IN SUCCEEDING CLASSES

The 1960's Era
Oberon Class Submarine Radio Fit
CF Communications System - 1966

RADIO FITS OF THE MID 1980's

Intro
Morse Code in the 1980's
LF/MF/HF Receiver Systems
MF/HF Transmitters
VHF/UHF/Satellite Systems
Antennas
Teletype, Message Handling Systems and Crypto
Remote Control Equipment
Miscellaneous Equipment
ADLIPS, Link 11/14 and Other Systems

Radio Communication Training Facilities

ELECTRONICS SUITE IN POST WAR CANADIAN ANTI-SUBMARINE AIRCRAFT

 
Aurora CP-140 1980 to present
Avenger AS3  1950 to 1960
Argus CP107 1957 to 1980
Cyclone CH-148 Not yet in service
Firefly AS5 1946 to 1950
Lancaster MR/MP 1945 to 1959
Neptune P2V7 1955 to 1968
Sea King  CH-124 1963 to present
Sikorsky (S-55) HO4S-3  1952 to 1970
Tracker CS2F 1956 to 1990
DEVELOPMENTS IN THE 1990's

Satellite Communications
Future Developments in RCN Radio Communications

CURRENT NAVY - THE 2000's

Naval Communications in 2005
Naval Communications in 2009
AOR Class
Halifax-Class Frigates Radio and Other Systems
Iroquois 280
Kingston Class Electronics Fit
Orca Class PCTs
Victoria Class Submarines
Naval Centennial Message -  May 2010

Closing Comments
Epilogue

APPENDICES

Appendix A - General Frequency Allocations - 1940's
Appendix B1 - W/T Convoy Orders (WWII)
Appendix B2 - Convoy Cruising Orders (WWII)
Appendix C - Exam For Telegraphists (1944)
Appendix D - RCN Shore Radio Stations
Appendix E - Band/Power Levels
Appendix F - Past Radio Frequencies Used By The RCN
Appendix G - Past and Current Call Signs of RCN  Ships
Appendix H - RCN Trade Specifications  - Radioman
Appendix I - Evolution of the Phonetic Alphabet
Appendix J - Antenna Fittings
Appendix K - Uniforms
Appendix L - Trade Badges and Abbreviations

About The Author
Acknowledgments
Bibliography
Glossary

SHORE  AND SUPRAD STATIONS - PAST AND PRESENT

Introduction

Alert
Aklavik
Albro Lake
Aldergrove (includes Matsqui)
Bermuda
Cap D'Espoir
Chimo
Churchill
Coverdale
Frobisher Bay (SUPRAD CFI)
Frobisher Bay - CZF
Gander
Gloucester
Gordon Head, BC
Harbour Grace, NF
Hartlen_Point, NS
Inuvik
Ladner
Leitrim
Masset
Mill  Cove (includes Newport Corner)
Whitehorse
Other Stations
Station Designators
Summary of All Canadian SIGINT Stations

MISCELLANEOUS LINKS

Terry Misner's Comm Div (R.C.N.) Website
Crowsnest Magazine (1948 to 1965)


An archived copy of this web page can be found at the Wayback Machine

NAME CHANGES


On February 1, 1968, the government of the day amended the National Defence Act to unify the Canadian Forces. In that process, the identities of the Royal Canadian Navy, the Canadian Army, and the Royal Canadian Air Force ceased to be used and were replaced by Maritime Command, Land Force Command, and Air Command.

On August 16, 2011, The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, announced that the Government of Canada has restored the use of the historic designations of the three former services: the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN), the Canadian Army (CA), and the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).

As a result, any reference to the Canadian Navy or Maritime Command should be read as RCN in these web documents. The same goes for the Air Force. Any reference to Air Command or Canadian Air Force should be read as RCAF.


LAST THREE CONTENT UPDATES

 
2013/10/25 -  Added Degaussing update to Kingston class vessels.
2013/04/19 - Added 1939 blank naval message form to WWII Radio Operations section.
2013/10/26 - Added Pre WWII Era Equipment Fits.

COPYRIGHT 1998-2014


 
The material in this document is copyrighted by Jerry Proc and no part of this document may be reproduced for commercial purposes in any form, whether by printing, photocopying, or other means without permission.
jerry.proc@sympatico.ca

First Edition : January 12, 1994
Second   Edition : May 1, 1995
Third Edition : January 24, 1998
Modified as required thereafter