BILL'S HISTORICAL RADIO SITE

CANADIAN THREE LETTER CALL SIGNS

(may later include some reference to other countries, but not just yet!)

Last updated November 27, 2010

THIS PAGE WAS UNDER CONSTRUCTION IN APRIL 2008 BUT SINCE THAT TIME HAS LANGUISHED, STILL TO BE COMPLETED. 

Introduction

From the advent of radio to 1912 the identification of radio stations was ad hoc, or at best organized in a national or company system.  In the case of radio coast stations many were operated by the Marconi company and after a time of using 2 letter call signs such as CR for Cape Ray, Newfoundland, and HX for Halifax, they changed to 3 letter calls.... the same two letters preceded by M, such as MHX for Halifax. 

In 1912 an international conference set an international allocation of letter series to any interested country. At first all call signs or call letters appear to have been 3 letters i.e. two letters to identify the country and a one-letter suffix.  Countries received several two letter groups, for example Canada received VA to VG at first.  Some countries received all 26 groups beginning with a particular letter.  For example the United States received NA to NZ and therefore any call sign beginning with N was American.    At first the major user of radio other than experimenters was the marine service and therefore most call signs were for ships and coast stations.   A coast station is one that is licenced to communicate with ships.  As will be seen in the following lists, here in Canada both coast stations and ship stations received 3 letter call signs in the early days.  Later when the need for call signs dramatically increased, ships received 4 letter call signs instead, and the 3 letter ones were rescinded and re-assigned to land stations.   I say land stations because stations other than coast stations came on the air, including broadcasters and military stations.  In time various different forms of call signs came into being, and these various forms, as well as the evolution of international prefixes, are covered in my general call letters page.    

You are now reading my 3-letter call signs page written because this is the type of call letters that interest me the most.  

Canada received VA to VG in 1912 but later also received VX and VY, CF to CK, CY and CZ, and XJ to XO.  When Newfoundland joined Canada, her VO prefix came along, so that it is now Canadian.  There is also an unofficial use of CB by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.

3-letter call signs exist or did exist in all of these series except for the XJ-XO group.  I have not seen any mention anywhere of 3-letter calls in this group.

The purpose of the following table is to show in alphabetical order all the 3-letter call signs from CBA to VYZ including their use and re-use.

Please note that this table is under construction.  I am not citing references for specific statements, other than to direct you to my opening comments re my sources.

 

 

Call Current or recent Usage as of 2008 Notes and Historical Evolution.  May not be complete
CB Series (not officially allocated to Canada.  Officially allocated to Chile and also in use there)

Assigned only to CBC primary stations, not including rebroadcasters.

CBA Moncton, NB I believe this station may have started out in Sackville, NB but in more recent times has been located in nearby Moncton.   It was an English language AM station operating on 1070 kHz but converted in 2008 to the FM band.
CBB I have not heard of any use of this 3-letter call.
CBC I have not heard of any use of this 3-letter call.  The corresponding television call sign, CBCT, is in use in Charlottetown.  Was CBC itself reserved for this location but never used?   PEI does not have a primary CBC radio station.
CBD Saint John CBD was an English language AM station operating on 1110 kHz that converted to the FM band under the call sign CBD-FM
CBE Windsor CBE is a currently operating  English language AM station operating on 1550 kHz.  There is also a CBC Radio Two station using the call sign CBE-FM.
CBF Montreal (French) CBF was a French language AM station in Montreal that was converted in 1999 to the FM band.
CBG Gander CBG is a currently operating English language AM station on 1400 kHz. 
CBH Halifax, NS CBH was an English language AM station in Halifax operating on 860 kHz.  It converted [unknown year] to the FM band under the call sign CBHA-FM.   The CBH-FM call sign is used by the CBC Radio Two station in Halifax.
CBI Sydney NS CBI is a currently existing AM English language station in Sydney, Nova Scotia.   There is also in Sydney CBI-FM which is a transmitter for CBC Radio Two.
CBJ Chicoutimi CBJ was a French language AM station operating on 1580 kHz.  It converted to FM in 1999 under the call sign CBJ-FM
CBK Watrous, SK  CBK is a currently existing AM English language station at Watrous, Saskatchewan on 540 kHz.  This station has a very wide area of coverage, being heard over much of North America.  There is also CBK-FM in Regina, that transmits the CBC Radio Two programming.
CBL Toronto CBL was an English language AM station operating on 740 kHz, and converted to the FM band in 1999 under the call sign CBLA-FM.  There is also a CBC Radio Two station, with the call sign CBL-FM.
CBM Montreal CBM was an English language AM station in Montreal that converted to the FM band in 1999.
CBN St. John's CBN is a currently operating English language AM station on 640 kHz.   There is also CBN-FM transmitting the CBC Radio Two service.
CBO Ottawa CBO was an English language AM station that converted to the FM band under the call sign CBO-FM.
CBP I have not heard of any use of this 3-letter call.   CBP is used as the first part of some low powered Tourist Information Radio Stations in Canada.
CBQ Thunder Bay CBQ went on the air in 1973 on 800 KHz AM but converted to the FM band in 1990 as CBQT-FM.   The call sign CBQ-FM is used by the CBC Radio 2 station in Thunder Bay.
CBR Calgary This call sign was originally assigned to the station in Vancouver, but has long since been assigned to the currently operating English language AM station in Calgary.  There is also a CBC Radio Two transmitter using the call sign CBR-FM
CBS I have not heard of any use of this 3-letter call.
CBT Grand Falls CBT is a currently operating AM English language station operating on 540 kHz.
CBU Vancouver CBU is a currently operating AM English language station on 690 kHz.   There is also a CBC Radio Two transmitter using the call sign CBU-FM.
CBV Quebec City CBV was a French language AM station, but converted to FM in 1999.
CBW Winnipeg CBW is a currently operating AM English language station on 990 kHz.  There is also CBW-FM transmitting the CBC Radio Two programming.
CBX Edmonton CBX is a currently operating English language station on 740 kHz.  There is also a CBC Radio Two transmitter using the call sign CBX-FM.
CBY Corner Brook CBY is a currently operating AM English language station operating on 990 kHz
CBZ Fredericton

CBZ was an English language AM station that operated on ???? kHz but converted to the FM band under the call sign CBZ-FM.

CF SERIES (Apparently used only by Naval stations)
CFA ITU 1970 lists as: Drummondville
CFB
CFC
CFD ITU 1970 lists as: Shearwater
  • Comox BC WWII Naval Station
  • Shearwater NS Naval Air Station post war and now CFB
CFE ITU 1970 lists as: Sydney Naval Air Station Patricia Bay
CFF ITU 1970 lists as: Ottawa Ottawa Naval (HMCS Bytown, Naval HQ)
CFG
CFH ITU 1970 lists as: Halifax
  • pre-WWII Halifax Naval Radio (xmtrs at Newport Corner); rcvr first at Stadacona, then at Albro Lake
CFI
  • WWII Quebec City  Naval
  • Post-war Fort Chimo Quebec. Closed early 50's
  • 60's? Frobisher Bay 
CFJ
CFK
CFL WWII Gaspe Radio 

post war: HMCS Churchill, Churchill Manitoba  supplementary radio stn.

CFM
CFN
CFO
CFP
CFQ ITU 1970 lists as: Ottawa
CFR
CFS ITU 1970 lists as: Massett
  • St. John's Nfld WWII, changed to CZP
  • Masset(t) BC Supplementary Radio
CFT
CFU
CFV
  • WWII Yorke Island BC  Gun Emplacement 
  • Post war NRS Aklavik and later moved to Inuvik, and closed in 80's (supplementary radio station)
CFW
CFX ITU 1970 lists as: Gimli
CFY
CFZ
CG SERIES
CGA ITU 1970 lists as: Drummondville
CGB
CGC ITU 1970 lists as: Drummondville
CGD
CGE ITU 1970 lists as: Charlottetown
  • poss used by Halifax Naval RAdio, Newport Cnr
  • Reserve Division HMCS Queen Charlotte, Charlottetown
CGF ITU 1970 lists as: Portage La Prairie
CGG
CGH WWII Rigolet, NF

post war: collective call for Cdn Naval shore stns.

CGI NRS HMCS Gloucester, Ontario (supplementary radio station) closed inn 1972
CGJ
CGK
CGL ITU 1970 lists as: Greenwood
CGM
CGN ITU 1970 lists as: Esquimalt Esquimalt Harbour Radio (QHM?) 
CGO
CGP
CGQ ITU 1970 lists as: Halifax a naval radio station of some type in Halifax
CGR ITU 1970 lists as: Vancouver
CGS ITU 1970 lists as: Summerside
CGT ITU 1970 lists as: Cold Lake NRS Coverdale, NB from 1949, changed to CKT approx 1953
CGU
CGV ITU 1970 lists as: Gander post-war Halifax Radio, Newport Cnr

Gander NF Supplementary Radio Station

CGW post-war Halifax Radio, Newport Cnr
CGX Halifax Radio (Local and Regional)
CGY
CGZ
CH SERIES
CHA ITU 1970 lists as: Torbay (St. John's Military?)
CHB
CHC
CHD
CHE
CHF
CHG
CHH
CHI
CHJ
CHK ITU 1970 lists as: Gimli
CHL
CHM
CHN
CHO ITU 1970 lists as: St Hubert
CHP ITU 1970 lists as: Winnipeg
CHQ ITU 1970 lists as: Abbotsford
CHR ITU 1970 lists as: Trenton
CHS
CHT ITU 1970 lists as: Ottawa
CHU Ottawa Canada's Time Signal Station
CHV
CHW
CHX
CHY
CHZ
CI SERIES (Apparently used only by Army stations)
CIA ITU 1970 lists as: Kingston
CIB ITU 1970 lists as: Toronto
CIC ITU 1970 lists as: CAlgary
CID ITU 1970 lists as: Edmonton
CIE ITU 1970 lists as: Victoria
CIF ITU 1970 lists as: Borden
CIG ITU 1970 lists as: Winnipeg
CIH ITU 1970 lists as: Halifax Halifax  Cdn Army wartime station with MF and HF links throughout Quebec and Atlantic Canada
CII ITU 1970 lists as: Shilo Mulgrave NS  Cdn Army wartime station with MF and HF links throughout Quebec and Atlantic Canada
CIJ ITU 1970 lists as: Fredericton Saint John  Cdn Army wartime station with MF and HF links throughout Quebec and Atlantic Canada
CIK ITU 1970 lists as: Prince Rupert
CIL ITU 1970 lists as: London
CIM ITU 1970 lists as: Montreal
CIN ITU 1970 lists as: Edmonton
CIO ITU 1970 lists as: Churchill Arvida  Cdn Army wartime station with MF and HF links throughout Quebec and Atlantic Canada
CIP ITU 1970 lists as: Oakville
CIQ ITU 1970 lists as: Quebec City Quebec   Cdn Army wartime station with MF and HF links throughout Quebec and Atlantic Canada
CIR ITU 1970 lists as: REgina
CIS ITU 1970 lists as: Petawawa
CIT ITU 1970 lists as: Toronto Debert  Cdn Army wartime station with MF and HF links throughout Quebec and Atlantic Canada
CIU ITU 1970 lists as: Chilliwack
CIV ITU 1970 lists as: Vancouver
CIW Shelburne, NS  Cdn Army wartime station with MF and HF links throughout Quebec and Atlantic Canada
CIX ITU 1970 lists as: Charlottetown
CIY ITU 1970 lists as: Sydney Sydney  Cdn Army wartime station with MF and HF links throughout Quebec and Atlantic Canada
CIZ ITU 1970 lists as: Montreal
CJ SERIES
CJA ITU 1970 lists as: Drummondville
CJB ITU 1970 lists as: Chatham, NB
CJC
CJD
CJE
CJF
CJG
CJH
CJI ITU 1970 lists as: Portage La Prairie
CJJ
CJK
CJL
CJM
CJN
CJO
CJP
CJQ
CJR
CJS
CJT
CJU ITU 1970 lists as: Comox
  • HMCS Quadra, Sea Cadet Camp, Comox, BC
  • may have had other uses prior, as this camp may not have been in existence in 1970
CJV
CJW
CJX ITU 1970 lists as: St. John's
CJY ITU 1970 lists as: North Bay
CJZ
CK SERIES
CKA
CKB
  • HMCS Stadacona (Fleet School) Training Radio
CKC ITU 1970 lists as: Canso
CKD ITU 1970 lists as: Winnipeg
  • WWII Churchill, MB
  • HMCS Chippewa Naval Reserve Division, Winnipeg
CKE ITU 1970 lists as: Regina
  • WWII Discovery Island, BC (near Victoria)
  • HMCS Queen Naval Reserve Division, Regina
CKF ITU 1970 lists as: Saskatoon
  • WWII Vancouver, BC
  • HMCS Unicorn Naval Reserve Division, Saskatoon
CKG ITU 1970 lists as: Edmonton
  • WWII Prince Rupert
  • HMCS Nonsuch Naval Reserve Division, Edmonton
CKH ITU 1970 lists as: Calgary
  • WWII Toronto
  • HMCS Tecumseh Naval Reserve Division, Calgary
CKI ITU 1970 lists as: Montreal
  • HMCS Hochelaga Naval Reserve Division, Montreal - formerly the training school for supply division.
CKJ ITU 1970 lists as: Halifax WWII St HyacintheSignal School, Quebec

post-war Naval Communications School Halifax before move to Cornwallis

CKK ITU 1970 lists as: Vancouver
  • WWII Shelburne, NS
  • HMCS Discovery Naval Reserve Division, Vancouver
CKL ITU 1970 lists as: Prince Rupert WWII possibly at Esquimalt

Vancouver Radio (Matsqui)

HMCS Chatham NRD, Prince Rupert

CKM
CKN ITU 1970 lists as: Vancouver HMCS Aldergrove (Vancouver Naval Radio) (xmtrs at Matsqui)
CKO
  • Broadcasting Station 1977 to 1989.  Actually a chain with perhaps one transmitter with the basic CKO call sign.   See the interesting Wiki article   It is unknown how the company was able to get a three letter call sign!
CKP ITU 1970 lists as: Prince Rupert Prince Rupert Naval Radio
CKQ
CKR
  • WWII Mulgrave NS
  • HMCS Naden (Fleet School) Training Radio
CKS ITU 1970 lists as: St. John's HMCS Avalon, St. John's.... not a NRD
CKT ITU 1970 lists as: Coverdale  

WWII Halifax

HMCS Coverdale, Moncton.  Supplementary Radio Stn. C/S assigned in approx 1953 , from CGT.

CKT may also have been used at Aldergrove

CKU
CKV
CKW
CKX Broadcasting stn Brandon, MB 
CKZ Broadcasting stn Winnipeg, MB possibly Naval radio Esquimalt and Aldergrove. check
CY SERIES
CYA
CYB
CYC
CYD
CYE
CYF
CYG
CYH
CYI
CYJ
CYK
CYL
CYM
CYN
CYO
CYP
CYQ
CYR
CYS
CYT
CYU
CYV
CYW
CYX
CYY
CYZ
CZ SERIES
CZA
CZB Ottawa Radio

HMCS/CFS Bermuda, Supplementary Radio Stn, from 1963 until closed 1993

CZC ITU 1970 lists as: St.. John's NF WWII Saint John, NB

HMCS Cabot NRD, St. John's, Nfld

CZD WWII Charlottetown, PEI
CZE ITU 1970 lists as: Saint John, NB WWII Sydney, NS

HMCS Brunswicker NRD, Saint John

CZF Ottawa RAdio
CZG Ottawa RAdio
CZH ITU 1970 lists as: Quebec City HMCS Montcalm NRD, Quebec City
CZI ITU 1970 lists as: Montreal WWII Sheet Hbr, NS
HMCS Donnacona NRD, Montreal
CZJ ITU 1970 lists as: Ottawa WWII Quoddy, NS

HMCS Carleton NRD, Ottawa

CZK
CZL ITU 1970 lists as: Hamilton HMCS Star NRD, Hamilton
CZM ITU 1970 lists as: Kingston WWII possibly at Alliford Bay, BC

HMCS Cataraqui NRD, Kingston

CZN ITU 1970 lists as: Toronto WWII possibly at Bella Bella, BC

post-war HMCS York NRD, Toronto

CZO
CZP ITU 1970 lists as: Hamilton WWII St. John's, Nfld

HMCS Patriot Naval Reserve HQ, Hamilton

CZQ
CZR ITU 1970 lists as: London WWII Rimouski, Quebec

post-war: HMCS Prevost, London, Ontario

CZS ITU 1970 lists as: Yarmouth
  • WWII Bridgewater, NS
  • post war: HMCS/CFS Shelburne Oceanographic Listening Stn.
CZT ITU 1970 lists as: Windsor, ON HMCS Hunter NRD, Windsor
CZU
CZV
CZW ITU 1970 lists as: Halifax (RCAF) post-war HMCS Cornwallis, Communications School, until closed in 1968.
CZX
CZY ITU 1970 lists as: Port Arthur (Thunder Bay) WWII possibly at Ucluelet, BC

HMCS Griffon NRD Port Arthur, Ontario

CZZ ITU 1970 lists as: Halifax WWII possibly at Coal Harbour (Vancouver)

post war: HMCS Scotian NRD


VA SERIES   (allocated in 1912)
 

VAA Ottawa Aeradio (Nav Canada)
  • Halifax (likely a naval stn in dockyard).  
  • Later (post WWI) became the Ottawa station for the Department of Transport -- most likely a headquarters station.   
  • Now apparently the Nav Canada aeradio station in Ottawa.
VAB  
  • Point Gray Radio opens 1906/07 under call PGD,
  • changed to VAB in 1913.
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a station available for medical advice on LF.
VAC Comox Radio and Traffic
  • Cape Lazo Radio opens 1908 under call sign SKD,
  • changed in 1913 to VAC.
  •  US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a station broadcasting navigational warnings on 500 kHz 
  • Name later changed to Comox Radio
  • 2008: Comox CGR
VAD  
  • 1906/07  Pachena Point Radio opens with call KPD, 
  • changed in 1913 to VAD.  
  • Closes in 1920, but 
  • reopens in 1923 as a DF station.  
  • Closes in 1958.
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a DF station and broadcasting navigational warnings on 500 kHz.
VAE Tofino Radio and Traffic
  • 1908 Estevan Pt Radio opens with call USD. 
  • Changed to VAE in 1913.
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a station at Estevan broadcasting navigational warnings on 500 kHz
  • Moved to Tofino (airport)
  • moved to Amphitrite Point
  • VAE is not currently listed in TAFL, see VAT
VAF Alert Bay peripheral to Comox Radio (
  • 1913 Alert Bay radio opens. 
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a station broadcasting navigational warnings on 500 kHz.
  • (current in 2008) Cdn Coast Guard Continuous peripheral facility at Alert Bay, peripheral to Comox CGR
VAG
  • 1910 Triangle Island Radio opens under call TLD, 
  • changed in 1913 to VAG.  
  • Closes in 1921 and call transferred to Bull Hbr Radio which opened that year.
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a station broadcasting navigational warnings on 500 kHz.
  • Bull Hbr consolidated with Alert Bay Radio in 80's
VAH Sandspit. listed for 300 kHz only.  CCG
  • Dead Tree Pt Radio opens 1910 under call DTD, 
  • changed in 1913 to VAH.
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a station broadcasting navigational warnings on 500 kHz, still called Dead Tree Pt.
VAI Vancouver Radio...  vhf only... no cmb
  • Ikeda Head Radio opened in 1910 under call AKD,
  • changed in 1913 to VAI.  
  • Closed in 1920.
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a station at Point Gray, Vancouver, broadcasting navigational warnings on 500 kHz.  HF SErvice
VAJ Prince Rupert Radio.  MF and HF only listed
  • 1910 Prince Rupert radio opens
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a station broadcasting navigational warnings on 500 kHz.
VAK Sheringham Point Light Station
  • Gonzales Hill (Victoria) Radio opens 1906/07 under call VSD
  • changed in 1913 to VAK. 
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a station broadcasting navigational warnings on 1630 kHz and 500 kHz
  • moves to Gordon Head area,
  • moves (70's?) to Sheringham Point., 
  • moves 1990's to Patricia Bay in an amalgamation with VAI.    VAK call apparently remains at Sheringham Pt.  Only frequency listed in TAFL is 143.36 lighthouse frequency)
VAL INUKJUAK, QC   aero freq only
  • 1915 Barrington Passage NS opened (used cs TS at first). 
  • closed 1922
  • 1928 Cape Harrison Radio opens
VAM Cape St. James, BC Seen in a forgotten list. May still be the call if the light station is manned, but not seen in any recent list.
VAN
  • Glace Bay??
  • 1914 Newcastle, NB Radio opens
  • Cape Beale, BC: US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a station keeping watch on 500 kHz for distress signals.
VAO
  • Carmanah Pt, BC: US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a station keeping watch on 500 kHz for distress signals.
VAP
  • 1928  (Fort) (Port) Churchill Radio opens
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a DF stn and also broadcasting navigation warnings on 500 kHz
VAQ
  • Banfield BC: US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a station keeping watch on 500 kHz for distress signals.
VAR Fundy Radio and Fundy Traffic
  • 1919 Red Head DF station opens
  • Saint John DF listed 1923
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a DF stn and stn broadcasting navigational warnings on 462 kHz
  • 2008 Fundy CGR at Saint John
VAS Vancouver Traffic
  • 1914 Louisbourg, NS Radio opens
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at Louisbourg and broadcasting ice reports on 107 kHz, and information to fishermen on 680 kHz.  Otherwise CW only.
  • First Narrows Signal Stn. Vancouver Hbr. This station was in the middle of Lions Gate Bridge, and was likely the first VTS station in Canada, monitoring the very busy traffic entering the harbour   It has evolved to a wider ranging VTS station with a number of peripherals, to cover Vancouver Harbour and Howe Sound.
VAT Amphitrite Point lists 4 marine vhf 6, 11, 14, 74
  • 1923 St Paul Is NS stn opens
  • DF still listed 1923
VAU npiu
  • 1924 Yarmouth Radio opens
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at Yarmouth as a DF station and stn broadcasting navigational warnings on 417 kHz
VAV KUUJJUARAPIK (Poste de la Baleine), QUE.  aero only
  • Chebucto HD df stn opened ca1917  375 kHz   Call letters became VCS in 1935.  
VAW KILLINEK (Resolution) N.W.T  marine MF plus 2 aeroVHF
  • 1918 Cape Sable DF station opens
  • 1929 Resolution Island Radio opens
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a DF stn at Resolution Island, also broadcasting navigational warnings on 500 kHz.
VAX npiu
  • 1918 Canso DF stn opens and still llisted 1923
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a DF stn and stn broadcasting navigational warnings on 435 kHz
  • (current in 2008) Cdn Coast Guard Continuous peripheral facility at Canso, NS peripheral to Halifax CGR
VAY npiu
  • 1928 Cape Hopes Advance, Que Radio opens
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a DF stn and broadcasting navigational warnings on 500 kHz.
VAZ Seal cove BC  4 marine VHF 6, 11, 71, 16
  • 1919 Cape Race DF station opens
  • Cape Race DF listed 1923
VB SERIES  (Note that VBN is used as a prefix ahead of two digits for lighthouses in the Great Lakes region, e.g. VBN28 was Flowerpot, Ontario.)
VBA Lakehead (Thunder Bay)
  • 1910 Pt Arthur Radio opens
VBB Soo
  • 1912 Sault Ste Marie Radio opens
VBC Wiarton
  • 1912 Midland Radio opens
VBD -
  • 1912 Tobermory Radio opens
VBE Sarnia
  • 1913 Point Edward Radio opens
VBF Port Burwell
  • 1914 Port Burwell Radio opens
VBG Toronto
  • 1914 Toronto Radio opens
VBH Kingston
  • 1914 Kingston Radio opens
VBI -
VBJ
VBK Trois Rivieres 70
  • 1930 Coppermine NWT Radio opens
  • (current in 2008) Cdn Coast Guard Continuous peripheral facility at Trois Rivieres, peripheral to Quebec CGR
VBL Gannet Rock, NS: US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a station keeping watch on 2284 kHz for distress signals.  Lifesaving Station.  44 30 38  66 46 59
VBM
  • 1913 The Pas, Manitoba Radio opens
  • Little Wood Island: US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a station keeping watch on 2284 kHz for distress signals. Lifesaving Station
VBN
  • 1913 Port Nelson, Manitoba Radio opens
  • Lennard Island, BC  US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a station keeping watch on 500 kHz for distress signals.
VBO Tofino BC: US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a station keeping watch on 500 kHz for distress signals.
VBP
VBQ
  • a radiotelephone station established by DOT in 1936 at Citadel Hill to serve  voice traffic around Halifax and the Maritimes.  Also provided CW service to VAA in Ottawa and to Sable Island VGF
  • 1941  Operators and xmtr in the post office building, with receivers at Hartlen Pt.
  • 1962 merged with the radiotelegraph VCS under the latter's call sign.
VBR
  • 1918 Bird Rocks Radio opens
  • Bird Rocks:  US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a station keeping watch on 545 kHz for distress signals.  47 50 20  61 08 43
VBS
  • current in 2008) Cdn Coast Guard Continuous peripheral facility at Newport, Quebec peripheral to Riviere-au-Renard CGR
VBT
VBU ITU 1970 lists as: Les Escoumins
VBV
VBW
VBX
VBY
VBZ ITU 1970 lists as: Chesterfield NWT 
  • 1928 Chesterfield Inlet Radio opens
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a DF stn at Chesterfield Inlet and broadcasting navigational warnings on 500 kHz.
VC SERIES (allocated to Canada in 1912)
VCA Charlottetown
  • 1909 opens in Montreal with c/s MTL
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this in Montreal and as a station available to give medical advice.
VCB Nottingham NWT 70
  • 1909 opened at Three Rivers, Quebec with c/s MRS
  • 1927 Nottingham I Radio opens
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a DF stn at Nottingham Island and broadcasting navigational warnings on 500 kHz.
VCC Qeubec
  • 1905 opened at Quebec City, with c/s MQU
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a stn broadcasting navigational warnings on 500 kHz
VCD Riviere du Loup 70 Grosse Ile
  • current in 2008) Cdn Coast Guard Continuous peripheral facility at Riviere du Loup, peripheral to Quebec CGR
VCE
  • opened at Cape Race NF with c/s MCE
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at Cape Race, with a continuous radiobeacon on 310 kHz and DF service and broadcasting navigational warnings on 455 kHz.
VCF Mont Joli
  • 1906 opened at Father Pt, Quebec with c/s MRT
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as Father Pt. a stn broadcasting navigational warnings on 500 kHz
  • 2008: Les Escoumins (Mont Joli) CGR
VCG Fox River
  • 1904 Fame Pt, Quebec Radio opened (original c/s MFP)
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as Fame Pt a stn broadcasting navigational warnings on 455 kHz
VCH
  • 1905 opened at Pt Riche, NF with c/s MCH
VCI
  • 1904 Heath Pt, Quebec, Radio opened (original c/s MHP)
VCJ
  • 1905 opened at Whittle Rocks (Harrington), Quebec with c/s MWR
  • 1927 Wakeham Bay Radio opens
VCK Sept Iles
  • 1906 opened at Clarke City (Sept Iles) with c/s MCK (Calks Pt??)
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as Clarke City, a stn broadcasting navigational warnings on 500 kHz  
  • (current in 2008) Cdn Coast Guard Continuous peripheral facility at Sept Iles, Quebec, peripheral to Les Escouminacs CGR
VCL  
  • 1904 opened at Pt Amour, Labrador with c/s MPR
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at Point Amour 51 27 25  56 50 30 with a radiobeacon on 290 kHz and broadcasting navigational warnings on 500 kHz.
VCM Belle Isle
  • 1904 opened at Belle I. NF, with c/s MBI
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a DF stn and broadcasting navigational warnings on 417 kHz.
VCN Grindstone
  • 1910 opens at Grindstone, Magdalen Is, with c/s MUD
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a  stn broadcasting navigational warnings on 500 kHz and listening for distress traffic on 545 kHz
VCO Sydney
  • 1907 opened at North Sydney, with c/s MND
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a stn broadcasting navigational warnings on 500 kHz  and ice reports on 441 kHz
  • 2008: Sydney CGR
VCP St Lawrence NF 70
  • 1905 opened at Cape Bear, PEI, with c/s MBE
VCQ
  • 1905 opened at Pictou, NS with c/s MUB
VCR Clyde R NWT 70
  • 1904 opened at Cape Ray, NF with c/s MCR
VCS Halifax, NS
  • 1905 opened at Camperdown, near Halifax with c/s MHX
  • Camperdown (ex MHX) Marconi stn closed 1923 when govt stn VAV Chebucto Hd upgraded to a coast stn/DF stn.  
  • VCS c/s reactivated 1935 at Camperdown when VAV closed.
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a DF stn and stn broadcasting navigational warnings on 400 kHz
  • 1962: Station moved to Ketch Hbr, at the receiver site, and transmitter at Pennant.  VBQ closed and combined with VCS
VCT Tors Cove, NF
  • 1905 opened on Sable Island, government station
  • 1970 ITU 1970 lists it at Slate I, Ontario (unknown use and owner)
  • Currently VCT is assigned to Canada's only high seas privately operated but publicly accessible coast station, operated by Stratos Wireless Inc.  I believe this station serves the off-shore oil and gas industry, with frequencies throughout the HF spectrum.  Other than the two broadcasters CKY and CKZ, this is the only non-federal government 3-letter call sign in Canada.
VCU
  • 1905 opened at Cape Sable Island, NS with c/s MSB
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a station at Merry Island, BC, broadcasting navigational warnings but only when very urgent, on 1630 kHz.  This stn is believed to have opened in 1924.
VCV
  • 1905 opened at Partridge I, near Saint John, NB with c/s MSJ
VCW
VCX
VCY Michipicoten I 70
VCZ Pt Menier, Que  70
  • US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as Ellis Bay, a stn broadcasting navigational warnings on 500 kHz
VD SERIES.  This series was allocated to Canada in 1912.  It was first used for ship call letters but when ships converted to 4-letters, the series has been used for Dept of Transport coast stations and military stations.
VDA Niobe
VDB CApe Race NF Rainbow
VDC Ottawa Canada
VDD Debert Minto
VDE Stanley
VDF Lady Laurier
VDG Aberdeen
VDH Alert Druid
VDI St Johns Earl Grey
VDJ Belle Isle Montcalm
VDK Montmagny
VDL Oshawa Lady Grey
VDM Quadra
VDN Estevan
VDO Dollard
VDP Newington
VDQ Cardinal, Ontario Aranmore
VDR Lurcher Lightship
VDS Simcoe
VDT Acadia
VDU Malaspina
VDV Galiano
VDW Margaret
VDX Lady Evelyn
VDY Durley Chime
VDZ Sheba
VE SERIES.  Allocated to Canada in 1912.  First assigned to ships (shown in italics below) and subsequently when ships converted to 4 letters reassigned for use by the Canadian Army.  Almost the entire series was used for the northern system which was later transferred to the DOT, and most call letters reissued to other army stations.  A few army stations in the north were retained.
VEA
  • Dalhousie City
  • NWT & Yukon System: Dawson
VEB
  • Corona
  • NWT & Yukon System: Mayo Landing
VEC
  • Kingston
  • NWT & Yukon System: Fort Simpson
VED
  • Toronto 
  •   NWT & Yukon System: Edmonton 
  • Edmonton still listed by ITU 1970
VEE
  • Hazel Dollar  
  • NWT & Yukon System: Snare River, NWT
  • Goose Bay  Canadian Army wartime station with MF and HF links throughout Quebec and Atlantic Canada
VEF
  • Syracuse
  • NWT & Yukon System: Aklavik
VEG
  • Rapids King
  • NWT & Yukon System: Fort Smith
  • Camp Gagetown, NB listed by ITU 1970
VEH
  • Chippewa
  • NWT & Yukon System: Fort Resolution
     
VEI
  • Garden City
  • NWT & Yukon System: Fort Good Hope
     
VEJ
  • Chicora
     
VEK
  • Macassa
  • NWT & Yukon System: Baker Lake
  • St. John's  Cdn Army wartime station with MF and HF links throughout Quebec and Atlantic Canada
VEL
  • Cayuga
  • Winnipeg listed by ITU 1970
VEM
  • Majestic
  • NWT & Yukon System: Yellowknife
  • Yellowknife  listed by ITU 1970
VEN ITU 1970 lists as: Nanaimo, BC
  • Turbine
  • NWT & Yukon System: Wrigley, YT
  • Gander  Cdn Army wartime station with MF and HF links throughout Quebec and Atlantic Canada

 

VEO
  • Cascapedia
  • NWT & Yukon System: Hay River
  • Lewisporte  Cdn Army wartime station with MF and HF links throughout Quebec and Atlantic Canada
VEP
  • NWT & Yukon System: Embarrass, AB
  • Botwood  Cdn Army wartime station with MF and HF links throughout Quebec and Atlantic Canada
VEQ
  • NWT & Yukon System: Port Radium
  • Gaspe  Cdn Army wartime station with MF and HF links throughout Quebec and Atlantic Canada
VER ITU 1970 lists as: Ottawa
  • NWT & Yukon System: Ottawa
  • Ottawa  Canadian Army wartime station with MF and HF links throughout Quebec and Atlantic Canada
VES
  • NWT & Yukon System: Fort McMurray, AB
  • (current in 2008) Cdn Coast Guard peripheral facility at Grosses-Roches, Quebec  (peripheral to Les Escoumins CGR)
VET
  • NWT & Yukon System: Fort Chipewyan, AB
VEU
  • NWT & Yukon System: Fort Reliance, NWT
  • Sussex, NB   Cdn Army wartime station with MF and HF links throughout Quebec and Atlantic Canada
  • current in 2008) Cdn Coast Guard peripheral facility at Mont-Louis, Quebec (peripheral to Les Escoumins CGR)
VEV
  • NWT & Yukon System: Norman Wells
  • Camp Valcartier, Quebec listed by ITU 1970
VEW
  • NWT & Yukon System: Fort Providence
  • Wainwright Alberta listed by ITU 1970
VEX
  • NWT & Yukon System: Fort Norman
  • Penhold, Alberta listed by ITU 1970
VEY
  • NWT & Yukon System: Whitehorse
  • Whitehorse listed by ITU 1970
VEZ
  • NWT & Yukon System: Brochet, MB
VF SERIES  Allocated to Canada in 1912.  First assigned to ships, shown below in italics, which appear to be all or mostly west coast vessels.   When ships went to 4-letter calls in the 20's, this series was mostly assigned to Department of Transport Aeradio stations, some of which were combination marine/aeradio stations.   As an aside, most official aeradio stations in Canada have 3-letter, 1-digit calls that generally but not always correspond with the name of the location.  For example VFL4 is or was in Lethbridge, VFT8 is Thompson, MB.   Nav Canada inherited the aeradio stations and have generally kept the callsigns intact, but new ones do not seem to follow the old pattern.
VFA ITU 1970 lists as: Inuvik (formerly at Aklavik) Princess Adelaide
VFB Princess Mary
VFC ITU 1970 lists as: Cambridge Bay Princess Beatrice
VFD ITU 1970 lists as: Watson Lk, YT Princess Alice
VFE ITU 1970 lists as: Edmonton Princess Charlotte
VFF ITU 1970 lists as: Frobisher Bay Princess Victoria
VFG ITU 1970 lists as: Gander Princess Royal
VFH ITU 1970 lists as: Fort Nelson, BC Princess Mary
VFI Princess Sophia
VFJ ITU 1970 lists as: Fort St John, BC Princess Ena
VFK ITU 1970 lists as: Schefferville, Quebec Tees
VFL Prince Albert
VFM Prince John
VFN Morwena
  • 2008 Montreal CGR
VFO Bessie Dollar
VFP ITU 1970 lists as: Port Hardy, BC Barge Empire
VFQ Alberta
VFR ITU 1970 lists as: Resolute, NWT Barge Providence
VFS Boston
VFT
VFU ITU 1970 lists as: Coral Harbour, NWT Auilo
  • 1930 ca. Shediac Aeradio opens for communication with trans-Atlantic aircraft.
VFV Salvor
VFW ITU 1970 lists as: Whitehorse A W Perry
VFX ITU 1970 lists as: Moncton
VFY Lord Strathcona
VFZ ITU 1970 lists as: Goose Bay Camosun
VG SERIES   (allocated to Canada in 1912) (Note that VGZ is used as a prefix in front of two digits for lighthouses on the Pacific coast, e.g. Sisters Islets VGZ44)
VGA US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as being Lurcher Lightship with a radiobeacon on 308 kHz and stn broadcasting navigational warnings on 500 kHz and watch kept on 500 kHz.   43 48 32  66 31 50
VGB US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at Cape Bauld, NF with a radiobeacon on 304 kHz
VGC US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at Quatsino Light Station (Kains Island), BC with a radiobeacon on 296 kHz
VGD US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at East Point with a radiobeacon on 310 kHz    46 27 12    61 58 00
VGE US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at Natashikwan Point Light Station   50 05 09  61 44 22  with a radiobeacon on 314 kHz.
VGF ITU 1970 lists as: Sable Island, NS US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at Sable Island, with a radiobeacon on 296 kHz and that it transmits on 375 kHz 4 times daily to allow DF stations to check their equipment.
VGG US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at Heath Point, Anticosti Light Station, with a radiobeacon on 314 kHz
VGH US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at Western Head, Liverpool Bay, with a radiobeacon on 308 kHz.g
VGI
VGJ US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at Perroquet Islad Light Station with a radiobeacon on 300 kHz.  50 13 15  64 12 27
VGK US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at Dead Tree Pt, BC with a radiobeacon on 308 kHz and a watch kept on 500 kHz.  53 21 30  131 55 55
VGL
VGM US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at Low Point, Sydney with a radiobeacon on 286 kHz.
VGN US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at Triple Island with a radiobeacon on 308 kHz
VGO US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as Halifax East Lightship #24 with a radiobeacon on 296 kHz   44 30 36  63 15 06
VGP US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this ar Langara Island, BC with a radiobeacon on 308 kHz
VGQ US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at Pointe des Monts with a radiobeacon on 300 kHz.  49 19 01  67 23 08
VGR US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at Cape Ray, NF with a radiobeacon on 286 kHz.  47 37 02  59 18 20
VGS US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at St Paul Island with a radiobeacon on 286 kHz, and operating a direction finding service.
VGT US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at Race Rocks Light Station, with a radiobeacon on 296 kHz
VGU ITU 1970 lists as: Cross Island, NS
VGV US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at Point Atkinson Light Station, West Vancouver with a radiobeacon on 296 kHz
VGW US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at West Point, Anticosti with a radiobeacon on 290 kHz.
VGX ITU 1970 lists as: Sambro, NS US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 list thiss as Sambro Bank Lightship with a radiobeacon on 296 kHz, and a broadcast to fishermen daily at 1200 and 1730 on 690 kHz.
VGY ITU 1970 lists as: Seal Island, NS US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at Seal Island with a radiobeacon on 308 kHz and listens periodically on 500 kHz.  43 23 28  66 00 53
VGZ US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at Cape Whittle, Cormorant Rocks, Quebec with a radiobeacon on 314 kHz  50 09 47  60 03 44
VO SERIES.  This series was allocated to Newfoundland and was inherited by Canada when the colony joined confederation.  All three-letter call signs in this series are for Newfoundland stations, but not all Newfoundland stations have VO call signs.   In the first assignments 3-letter calls were given to both coast and ship stations, but the ships later received 4-letter calls if they survived that long.
VOA
  • 1904 opened at Battle Harbour, Labrador with c/s MBH
VOB
  • 1904 opened at Venison Island, Labrador with c/s MVI
VOC
  • 1906 opened at American Tickle, Labrador with c/s MAT
VOD
  • 1904 opened at Domino, Labrador with c/s MDO
VOE Grady
VOF Smoky Tickle
VOG Holton
VOH ITU 1970 lists as: BAttle Hbr Cape Harrison
VOI Makkovik
VOJ ITU 1970 lists as: Corner Brook Fogo
VOK ITU 1970 lists as: Cartwright Adventure
  • 2008: Labrador Coast Guard Radio (Goose Bay xmtr)
VOL -
VOM Belleaventure
VON ITU 1970 lists as: St.John's Beothic

US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this as a DF stn at St John's and broadcasting navigational warnings on 500 kHz.

2008: St. John's CGR

VOO ITU 1970 lists as: Comfort Cove Bonavenutre
VOP Bruce
VOQ ITU 1970 lists as: Hopedale Invermore
VOR Kyle
VOS Lintros
VOT Nascopie
VOU Eagle
VOV ITU 1970 lists as: Bonavista -
VOW Newfoundland
VOX Neptune

US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at Twillingate (Long Point) with a radiobeacon on 304 kHz.

VOY -
VOZ -US Navy Radio Navigational Aids 1943 lists this at Port Basque Light Station with a radiobeacon on 313 kHz, with a note that it is operated only to assist vessels using Port Basque and the business of the Newfoundland Railway.
VX SERIES
VXA ITU 1970 lists as: Edmonton
VXB ITU 1970 lists as: Torbay
VXC
VXD ITU 1970 lists as: Sandspit
VXE
VXF
VXG ITU 1970 lists as: Prince George
VXH
VXI
VXJ ITU 1970 lists as: Downsview
VXK
VXL
VXM
VXN
VXO
VXP
VXQ ITU 1970 lists as: Ottawa
VXR Sambro Lightship (see also VGX)
VXS
VXT ITU 1970 lists as: Sea Island (Vancouver), BC
VXU
VXV
VXW
VXX
VXY
VXZ
VY SERIES
VYA
VYB ITU 1970 lists as: Goose Bay
VYC
VYD
VYE
VYF
VYG
VYH
VYI
VYJ
VYK ITU 1970 lists as: Resolute
VYL
VYM
VYN
VYO
VYP
VYQ
VYR
VYS
VYT
VYU
VYV
VYW
VYX
VYY
VYZ



 


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