Canadian Navy celebrates 100 years of service in 2010

This idea for special event amateur radio stations to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Canadian Nave in May, 2010  comes from S. G. "Spud" Roscoe VE1BC. (

Anyone interested in setting up a special event station?

Here’s Spud’s email:

The Canadian Navy will be one hundred years old on May 10th, 2010. During World War II the Navy had stations set-up around our coasts known as Port Wave Stations. These stations were CW and transmitted and received on 425 kilohertz in today’s terminology. The following list of these stations is from my years of research. I feel it would be nice to see an amateur radio station set-up at each location with a special amateur radio call sign. A special prefix that is the same across the country and the suffix of the original station in each location for the month of May only. These stations should be set-up and operated by members of the amateur radio club nearest each location.

The Lists of World War II stations provide the following possible Port Wave Stations on 425 kcs:

            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

            The ones we know for certain are CFH, CKK and CFL

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 (Coal Harbour is in Vancouver harbour, right next to Deadman’s Island, the site of HMCS DISCOVERY).

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