APPENDIX D - RCN SHORE RADIO STATIONS

The following table is a blend of three radio call sign lists. Call signs with assigned frequencies and emission types were extracted from a list of RCN shore stations around 1948. Items marked with an asterisk (*) were assigned frequencies or call signs but not yet in use in 1948. Some were reassigned later.

Document BR619(2) provides information from WWII which was overlaid on the 1948 list. It  illustrates two things. Some of the shore station call signs were used during WWII only and retired at the end of the war while other call signs remained with the shore stations that were still around in 1948. Using CCNO 1-575 date January 1, 1945 further verifiactions of the call signs were made.

Reference is also made to CCNO 575-1 (Edition 1945). The long title of this publication is known as "Canadian Confidential Naval Orders". It contains orders numbered 1 to 575. The short title printed on the cover is "CCNO 1-575" but individual orders are referred to by their specific number.  Example, the CCNO referring to the W/T station at St. Pierre would be referred to as CCNO 107. The CCNO entitled "Call Signs of Royal Canadian Naval W/T Stations" would be referred to as CCNO 411.

Another set of call signs was found in an  ITU call sign publication  - 4th edition, January 1970. These have also been applied to the table and indicated with a note "ITU Listing". As a precaution, there may be errors in the call signs denoted by "ITU Listing".

The goal here is to illustrate the history of call sign assignments for shore stations..

Thanks are extended to LCdr David J. Freeman, CF (Ret’d) who provided a copy of BR619(2) and to Spud Roscoe who did the analysis of it in order to make more sense of it.  Updates for stations which saw service after 1948 were provided by Douglas Stewart.

Legend:
A0.1 is CW
A3 is AM radiotelephone
RATT is radioteletype

CALL AUTHORITY LOCATION FREQUENCIES USED
(kc)
EMISSION 
TYPES
CFD Comox B.C. Assigned to this site in WWII only
CFD HMCS Shearwater Dartmouth N.S 3558, 4400 A0.1, A3 [10]
CFE Goose Bay Goose Bay. Labrador [10]
CFE Naval Air Station Patricia Bay, B.C. 3468, 4400 A0.1, A3
CFF * Ottawa Radio Ottawa, Ont. 4850, 8824, 13230, 17995 A0.1, RATT
CFH Halifax Radio Newport Corner, N.S. 44.8*, 78*, 92.3*, 107,
115, 2844, 5502.5, 8440,
9040, 12500, 24070
A0.1, RATT
CFH4 Halifax Radio Newport Corner, N.S. 4740, 6395, 8370, 12520, 16845 A0.1
CFH6 Halifax Radio Newport Corner, N.S. 4740, 6395, 8370, 12520, 16845 A0.1
CFH8 Halifax Radio Newport Corner, N.S. 4740, 6395, 8370, 12520, 16845 A0.1
CFH12 Halifax Radio Newport Corner, N.S. 4740, 6395, 8370, 12520, 16845 A0.1
CFH16 Halifax Radio Newport Corner, N.S. 4740, 6395, 8370, 12520, 16845 A0.1
CFI W/T Station Quebec City, PQ. Assigned to this site in WWII only.  
CFI NRS Chimo  Fort Chimo, Quebec  Closed 1952  Note 6
CFI  Frobisher Frobisher Bay, NWT  Now called Iqaluit, Nunavut Note 6 
CFJ Admiralty Unknown Use unknown at this time. WWII only  
CFL Gaspe W/T Station Gaspe, P.Q. Assigned to this site in WWII only. Note 7
CFL Churchill Churchill, Manitoba   Notes, 1, 2, and 7 
CFS St. John's St. John's NF Until November 1943, then assigned
to Masset.
CFS  Masset Masset, B.C. Note 9
CFV York Island W/T York Island, BC Used during WWII. Call later 
assigned to NRS Aklavik
 
CFV NRS Aklavik Aklavik, NWT 1949 to 1961  Note 3 
CFV HMCS/CFS Inuvik  Inuvik, NWT 1961 to 1986

 
CALL AUTHORITY LOCATION FREQUENCIES USED
(kc)
EMISSION 
TYPES
CGE HMCS Queen Charlotte Charlottetown, PEI ITU Listing  
CGE Halifax Radio Newport Corner, N.S 2768*, 7515, 13230*,
17995*
A0.1, RATT
CGH Rigolet War Watching  Station Rigolet, Labrador Assigned to this site in WWII only.  Note 12.
CGI HMCS Gloucester Gloucester, Ont.    
CGN Esquimalt Radio Esquimalt, B.C 2716 A3
CGT NRS Coverdale Coverdale , NB   Note 4
CGV Cornwallis  Cornwallis, NS.  Assigned to this site in WWII only. [10]
CGV Gander Radio Gander , NF    
CGW Halifax Radio Newport Corner, N.S 5735, 7995, 9055, 10945,12157.5 
14660, 16005, 20215
A0.1, RATT
CGX Halifax Radio Newport Corner, N.S 2716, 3468, 3480 A0.1, A3
CGX Halifax Radio Newport Corner, N.S 6800, 9890 A0.1, RATT
CJU HMCS Quadra, Sea Cadet Training Establishment Comox, B.C.    
CKB HMCS Stadacona Halifax, N.S. For communications training 
on 2012 Khz
A1. Note 8.
CKD W/T Station Church Hill,  BC   [16]
CKD W/T Station Churchill, Man. Assigned to this site during WWII only.  
CKD HMCS Chippawa Winnipeg,. Man 6550, 7895, 13510 A0.1, RATT
CKE W/T Station Discovery Island, BC Assigned to this site in WWII only.  
CKE HMCS Queen Regina, Sask. 6550, 7895, 13510 A0.1, RATT
CKF W/T Station Vancouver, BC Assigned to this site in WWII only.  
CKF HMCS Unicorn Saskatoon, Sask 6550, 7895, 13510 A0.1, RATT
CKG W/T Station Prince Rupert, BC Assigned to this site in WWII only.  
CKG HMCS Nonsuch Edmonton, Alberta 6550, 7895, 13510 A0.1, RATT
CKH Toronto W/T Toronto, Ont Assigned to this site in WWII only.  
CKH HMCS Tecumseh  Calgary, Alberta 7985, 9480, 13510 A0.1, RATT
CKI  HMCS Hochelaga Montreal, P.Q. ITU Listing  
CKJ St. Hyacinthe Signal School St. Hyacinthe, P.Q. Assigned to this site in WWII only.  
CKK W/T Station Shelburne, N.S. Assigned to this site in WWII only
CKK HMCS Discovery Vancouver, B.C. 7985, 9480, 13510 A0.1, RATT
CKL Esquimalt Esquimalt. BC Assigned to this site in WWII only  
CKL HMCS Chatham Prince Rupert, BC ITU Listing  
CKL Esquimalt Radio Matsqui, B.C. 9055, 11500, 17560, 
18800, 23125
A0.1, RATT
CKN Esquimalt Radio Matsqui, B.C. 44.8*, 78*, 92.3*, 55,
2844, 6600, 16760, 24380
A0.1, RATT
CKN4 Vancouver Radio Matsqui, B.C. 4740, 6395, 8290, 12520, 16845 A0.1
CKN6 Vancouver Radio Matsqui, B.C. 4740, 6395, 8290, 12520, 16845 A0.1
CKN8 Vancouver Radio Matsqui, B.C. 4740, 6395, 8290, 12520, 16845 A0.1
CKN12 Vancouver Radio Matsqui, B.C. 4740, 6395, 8290, 12520, 16845 A0.1
CKN16 Vancouver Radio Matsqui, B.C. 4740, 6395, 8290, 12520, 16845 A0.1
CKP * Prince Rupert Radio Prince Rupert, B.C.   A0.1 
CKP4 * Prince Rupert Radio Prince Rupert, B.C. 4740, 6395, 8290, 12520, 16845 A0.1, RATT
CKP6 * Prince Rupert Radio Prince Rupert, B.C. 4740, 6395, 8290, 12520, 16845 A0.1, RATT
CKP8 * Prince Rupert Radio Prince Rupert, B.C. 4740, 6395, 8290, 12520, 16845 A0.1, RATT
CKP12 * Prince Rupert Radio Prince Rupert, B.C. 4740, 6395, 8290, 12520, 16845 A0.1, RATT
CKP16 * Prince Rupert Radio Prince Rupert, B.C. 4740, 6395, 8290, 12520, 16845 A0.1, RATT
CKR W/T Station  Mulgrave, N.S. Assigned to this site in WWII only.  
CKR Communications Training Center, 
HMCS NADEN, Esquimalt, B.C
Esquimalt, BC For communications training.  A1. Note 8
CKS HMCS Avalon St. John's NFLD ITU Listing  
CKS * Esquimalt Radio Matsqui, B.C 4850, 9780, 13510, 15655 A0.1, RATT
CKT N.P.M. Radio Station Halifax, N.S.  Assigned to this site in WWII only.   
CKT Coverdale Coverdale, N.B. After1953. Note 4  
CKZ Esquimalt Radio Matsqui, B.C 2716, 3468, 3480 A0.1, A3
CKZ Esquimalt Radio Matsqui, B.C 6800, 9890, 13?7? A0.1, A3, RATT
CKZ24 HMCS Malahat  Malahat, BC 2410 KHz [14]
CKZ79 HMCS Malahat  Malahat, BC 7985 KHz [14]
CKZ94 HMCS Malahat  Malahat, BC 9480 KHz [14]
CKZ35 HMCS Malahat  Malahat, BC 13510 KHz [14]
CZB * Ottawa Radio Ottawa , Ont. 3468, 8190 A0.1, RATT
CZB CFS Bermuda Bermuda 1963 to 1993
CZC Saint John W/T Saint John, N.B.. Assigned to this site in WWII only.  
CZC HMCS Cabot Saint John's , NFLD ITU Listing  
CZD HMCS Queen Charlotte W/T Charlottetown, P.E.I. Assigned to this site in WWII only.  
CZD W/T Station Rose Harbour, BC  Assigned to this site as of Jan 1945. [10]
CZE Sydney W/T Station Sydney, N.S. Assigned to this site in WWII only.  
CZE HMCS Brunswicker Saint John, N.B. 7985, 9480, 13510 A0.1, RATT
CZF Ottawa W/T Station Ottawa, Ont Assigned to this site in WWII only.  
CZF Frobisher Bay NWT CW, RATT [13]
CZG Ottawa W/T Station Ottawa, Ont Assigned to this site in WWII only.  
CZH Ottawa W/T Ottawa, Ont Assigned to this site in WWII only.  
CZH HMCS Montcalm Quebec, P.Q. 4850, 7985, 13510 A0.1, RATT
CZI  Sheet Harbour N..S. Assigned to this site in WWII only.
CZI HMCS Donnacona Montreal, P.Q. 4850, 7985, 13510 A0.1, RATT
CZJ W/T Station Quoddy, N.S. Assigned to this site in WWII only.  
CZJ HMCS Carleton  Ottawa, Ont. 7985, 9480, 13510 A0.1, RATT
CZL HMCS Patriot Hamilton, Ont ITU Listing  
CZM Alliford Bay, B.C. Assigned to this site in WWII only.
CZM HMCS Cataraqui Kingston, Ont. 5735, 7985, 13510 A0.1, RATT
CZN Bella Bella B.C.  Assigned to this site in WWII only. This was an RCAF base.
CZN HMCS York Toronto, Ont. 5735, 7985, 13510  A0.1, RATT
CZP W/T Station St. Johns, NF. Assigned to this site Nov 1943 and for the duration of WWII.  
CZP HMCS Star  Hamilton, Ont. 5735, 7985, 13510 A0.1, RATT
CZR  Rimouski Quebec Assigned to this site in WWII only.
CZR HMCS Prevost London, Ont. 4306, 7985, 13510 A0.1, RATT
CZS W/T Station Bridgewater, N.S.
(Crescent Beach)
Assigned to this site in WWII only.  
CZS HMCS Shelburne Shelburne, N.S. ITU Listing  [15] 
CZT W/T Station Masset, B.C. [10]
CZT HMCS Hunter Windsor, Ont. 4306, 7985, 13510  A0.1, RATT. 
CZW HMCS CORNWALLIS Communications School Deep Brook, N.S     
CZY Ucluelet B.C Assigned to this site in WWII only.  
CZY HMCS Griffon Thunder Bay, Ont 4306, 7985, 13510 A0.1, RATT
CZZ W/T Station Coal Harbour, B.C. Assigned to this site in WWII only.  
CZZ HMCS Scotian Halifax, N.S. ITU Listing  
FQN2 St.Pierre Wireless Station  Saint-Pierre & Miquelon Islands [11]

OTHER CALL SIGN ASSIGNMENTS

CALL LOCATION COMMENTS
CGH Any or all Canadian Naval Shore Stations  
FOOTNOTES:

1) Douglas Stewart <dougjoy@ns.sympatico.ca> adds the following: "When HMCS Labrador was a naval vessel, (later changing to the  Coast Guard) she was an escort for the Dew Line convoys during the mid-1950s. Because of the very poor communications condition in the Northern Latitudes, Churchill was assigned ship/shore/ship responsibilities during  hersummer deployments as a supplementary function.

2) Established Aug 1, 1943. Became HMC NRS Dec 1, 1950 to July 1  1956. As HMCS July 1 /56 to July 11 1966. Became CFS Churchill

3) Established 1949. Became HMC NRS  1953-61. Tender to Gloucester. Moved to new site and became Inuvik.

4) Established as HF/DF station in WWII; HMC NRS 1949-1956;  HMCS  1956 - 1966. Became CFS Coverdale.  Closed 1971. CGT was Coverdale's call sign from 1949. It was changed to CKT in 1953 or 1954 because operators were running the characters together and CGT came out as CQ.

5) Note 5 deleted.

6) CFI was NRS Chimo's call until that station was closed in 1953. Frobisher assumed the call when it opened in 1954.

7) CFL was Gaspe's call sign during WWII and became Churchill's call sign in 1949 until it closed in 1968.

8) This station was used for Morse Code receiving practice while ships were alongside. CKB replayed the tapes that CFH had used and CKR replayed the tapes that CKN had used. A  Marconi CM11 was used for these transmissions within STADACONA/NADEN.

9) The new spelling of Masset has one 't' only. The old spelling had two tt's. In 1949 NRS Masset (which had been abandoned in 1945) was opened as a HF/DF station. The station was hit and damaged by an earthquake in August 1949.

10) Per CCNO (Canadian Confidential Naval Order ) 1-575 dated January 1, 1945. After WWII, this call sign was reassigned.

11) Per CCNO 107  (R.O.)  (26-12-42)  (N.S. 1008-12-6) . There was a CNOIC (Canadian Naval  Officer in Charge) at St. Pierre, so this may explain why a French  callsign is being listed in a Canadian Naval Publication.

12)  Canadian Confidential Naval Order (CCNO)  358 authorizes the following signal publications  to be held by the  Senior Naval Officer, Goose Bay and the Officer in Charge, Rigolet, War Watching Station

 Naval Code and Decode with Recoding Tables (SP 02358 Series)
 Mersigs. Vols. I, II and III with Recoding Tables (SP 2272 and 2404 series)
 Indicating Groups (SP 2169 and 02509 series)
 Signal Letter Index
 Ship Index

In addition Rigolet holds:--
 Mercantile Secret Call Signs
 U.S. Mercantile Secret Call signs
 Key Memorandum No. 6
 C.B.'s 3057 and 3060 series
 B.R.'s 69, 70, 98, 266, 619 and 777.
 (R.O.) (1-7-44) (N.S. 11867-1)

13) This station provided communications for the Northern Sea Lift in the summers of 1961 and 1962 (confirmed).

14) Page 32 of the February 1950 issue of Crowsnest Magazine carried this item. "CKZ Calling. The Victoria naval division, HMCS Malahat is anxious to work other naval divisions by W/T on Monday evenings from 2000 to 2200, PST, using the transmitters and receivers in its headquarters and training ship, the minesweeper Sault Ste. Marie. Malahat has been allocated radio call sign CKZ, operating on the following four frequencies: CKZ24 on 2410 kilocycles, CKZ79 on 7985 kcs, CKZ94 on 9480, and CKZ 35 on 13510".

[15] Spud Roscoe comments. "In the 1950's when I was in the navy we used to keep one ship off Shelburne and an Argus A/S aircraft (based in  Greenwood NS) off Shelburne as well. The navy had water microphones situated there which could detect any any vessel passing over these microphones. The Argus was to have CW contact with either the ship or Shelburne at least every 15 minutes."

The now defunct South West Shore Development Authority acquired CFS Shelburne in 1999 and sold it in 2008 to Seacoast Entertainment Arts Inc. for development as a film production studio. Seacoast eventually went bankrupt and the property was sold to a Yarmouth developer, namely  Roger Sullivan on Nov 24/11.

[16] Church Hill, BC was never a community, but a geographical feature that is named as such on Marine Chart No. 3641, showing the coast between Albert Head to Otter Point. and updated in 1973. The Church Hill location (DND, in the Rocky Point area) was used during World War II as a bunker for a machine gun, guarding the coast from enemy vessels. The map  shows an altitude of 390 ft for the hill.

PORT WAVE STATIONS

During WWII, there were a number of "port wave" stations set up on both Canadian coasts for naval communications. They operated on the "port wave" frequency of 425 KHz and were likely fitted with the  Canadian Marconi PV500L,  Naval ships would communicate with the port wave stations in order  to obtain clearance to enter and leave port or if communication was needed when the ships were not too far from port.

Spud Roscoe compiled a listing of Port Wave stations. The call signs indicated are wartime.For some stations, the call signs changed post war.

EAST COAST

CFH Halifax, Nova Scotia
CFI Quebec City, Quebec
CFL Gaspe, Quebec
CFS St. John’s, Newfoundland – this call sign was changed to CZP in November 1942
CGH Rigolet, Labrador (Lake Melville - Goose Bay area)
CKH Toronto, Ontario
CKK Shelburne, Nova Scotia (The transmitter was probably a PV500L and it probably had a leaky condenser in the power supply. They could tell it was Shelburne simply by the hum on his transmission.)
CKR Mulgrave, Nova Scotia (Canso Strait)
CZC Saint John, New Brunswick
CZD Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
CZE Sydney, Nova Scotia
CZI Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia
CZJ Quoddy, Nova Scotia (Eastern Halifax County)
CZP St. John's, Newfoundland
CZR Rimouski, Quebec
CZS Bridgewater, Nova Scotia

WEST COAST

CFV York Island, British Columbia (on the north east coast of Vancouver Island)
CKE Discovery Island, British Columbia (Discovery and Chatham Islands lie just a mile or so west of Victoria in
         Haro Strait, off Oak Bay).
CKF Vancouver, British Columbia
CKG Prince Rupert, British Columbia
CKL Esquimalt, British Columbia
CZM Alliford Bay, British Columbia
CZN Bella Bella, British Columbia – The RCAF had a main station in this area
CZY Ucluelet, British Columbia
CZZ Coal Harbour, British Columbia

PORT WAR vs PORT WAVE STATIONS

Port War Stations were visual signal stations (flags and lights).  Port Wave stations handled radio traffic. Sometimes people get the terms Port War and Port Wave mixed up or use the terms interchangeably, which of course, is incorrect.
 



Contributors and Credits:

1) Spud Roscoe <spudroscoe(at)eastlink.ca>
2) David Freeman <djfreeman(at)shaw.ca>
3) Ray White <legerwhite(at)rogers.com>
4) RCN document - List of Shore Stations
5) Extracts from BR619(2)
6)  CCNO 1-575
7)  ITU call sign publication  - 4th edition, January 1970
8) http://thechronicleherald.ca/novascotia/36408-contractor-buys-shelburne-base

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