Radio Spectrum Inventory: A 2010 Snapshot — Canada

Annex 8—Maritime Service Bands

Table 1—Frequencies, Nature of Service, Type of Traffic and Area of Operation with Restrictions for the VHF Band in the Maritime Service
Frequencies (MHz) Area of Operation Nature of Service & Type of Traffic Restrictions (Notes and Remarks) Refer to legend for abbreviations
Ship Transmit Ship Receive EC NL AC GL WC BCC INLD BC INLD PRA
156.050 160.650 X PC
156.100 160.700 X PC
156.150 160.750 X X PC
156.200 156.200 X X IS, SS, C, S DFO/Canadian Coast Guard only in BCC area. Commercial fishing in EC area.
156.250 156.250 X X X X X X X SM
156.300 156.300 X X X X X X X X IS, C, NC, S May be used for search and rescue communications between ships and aircraft.
156.350 156.350 X X X X X X X IS, SS, C
156.400 156.400 X X X IS, C, S Also assigned for intership in the Lake Winnipeg area.
156.450 156.450 X X X IS, SS, C, NC, S, SM Commercial—BCC area. May be used to communicate with aircraft and helicopters in predominantly maritime support operations.
156.500 156.500 X X X IS, SS, C, NC, S, SM Commercial—BCC area. May also be used for communications with aircraft engaged in coordinated search and rescue and antipollution operations.
156.550 156.550 X X X IS, SS, C, NC, SM VTS—BCC area. Also used for pilotage purposes.
156.600 156.600 X X X X IS, SS, C, NC, SM VTS—BCC area. Port operations and pilot information and messages.
156.650 156.650 X X X X X X X IS, C, NC, SM VTS—BCC area. Bridge-to-bridge navigational traffic.
156.700 156.700 X X X IS, SS, C, NC, SM VTS—BCC area. Port operations, pilot information and messages.
156.750 156.750 X X X X X X X IS, SS, C, NC, SM Port operations and ship movement—BCC area. All operations limited to 1 watt maximum power. May also be used for on-board communications.
156.800 156.800 International Distress, Safety and Calling. AA
156.850 156.850 X X X X X X X IS, SS, C, NC, SM Port operations and Ship Movement—BCC area. All operations limited to 1 watt maximum power. May also be used for on-board communications.
156.900 156.900 X X X X X X X IS, SS, C Towing—BCC area.
156.950 156.950 X X X X X X X X IS, SS DFO/Canadian Coast Guard. Pacific Pilots—BCC area.
157.000 161.600 X X X X X X X SS, S, SM Port operations only with 1 watt maximum power.
157.050 157.050 X X X X X X X X IS, SS DFO/Canadian Coast Guard only.
------- 161.650 X X X X X X X X S Continuous marine broadcast service
157.100 157.100 X X X X X X X X IS, SS, C, NC For communications between Canadian Coast Guard and non-Canadian Coast Guard stations only.
157.150 161.750 X X SS, PC
--------- 161.750 X S Continuous marine broadcast service
157.200 161.800 X X X X X X X X SS, PC
157.250 161.850 X SS, PC Also assigned for operations in the Lake Winnipeg area.
------- 161.850 X S Continuous marine broadcast service
157.300 161.900 X X X X X X X X S, PC
157.350 161.950 X X X SS, PC
157.400 162.000 X SS, S, PC
------- 162.000 X X S Continuous marine broadcast service
156.025 160.625 X SS, PC
156.075 156.075 X X IS, SS, C DFO/Canadian Coast Guard only in BCC area. Commercial fishing only in EC area.
156.125 156.125 X X IS, SS, C DFO/Canadian Coast Guard only in BCC area. Commercial fishing only in EC area.
156.175 156.175 X IS, SS, C Tow Boats—BCC area.
156.225 160.825 X SS, PC
156.225 156.225 X IS, SS, C Commercial fishing only.
156.275 156.275 X X X X X X X X S, IS, SS, C, NC Search and rescue and antipollution operations on the Great Lakes. Towing on the Pacific Coast. Port operations only in the St. Lawrence River areas with 1 watt maximum power. Intership in INLD PRA.
156.325 156.325 X X X X X X X S, IS, SS, C, NC Port operations only in the St. Lawrence River/Great Lakes areas with 1 watt maximum power. One (1) watt marina channel—BCC area.
156.375 156.375 X X X X X X X X S, IS, SS, C, NC May also be used for communications with aircraft engaged in coordinated search and rescue and antipollution operations. Commercial fishing only in EC and INLD PRA areas. Pleasure craft—BCC area.
156.425 156.425 X X X X X X X X IS, SS, NC For marinas, yacht clubs and pleasure craft.
156.475 156.475 X X X X X X X IS, SS, C, NC Commercial fishing only—EC area. Pleasure craft—BCC area.
156.525 156.525 Digital Selective Calling for Distress, Safety and Calling.
156.575 156.575 X X X X X X X S, IS, SS, SM, C, NC Ship movement—BCC area. Marinas and yacht clubs—EC and on Lake Winnipeg.
156.625 156.625 X X IS, C, NC May be used to communicate with aircraft and helicopters in predominantly maritime support operations. Pleasure craft—BCC area.
156.675 156.675 X X X X X X X X S, IS, SS, C, NC May also be used for communications with aircraft engaged in coordinated search and rescue and antipollution operations. Commercial fishing only in EC and INLD PRA areas.
156.725 156.725 X X IS, SS, SM, C, NC VTS and Ship Movement—BCC area.
156.775 156.775 X X X X X X X X IS, SS, SM, C Simplex port operation, ship movement and navigation-related communication only. 1 watt maximum.
156.825 156.825 X X X X X X X X IS, SS, SM, C Simplex port operation, ship movement and navigation-related communication only. 1 watt maximum.
156.875 156.875 X X X X X X X S, IS, SS, SM Pilotage—BCC area; 25 watts. Port operations only in the St. Lawrence River/Great Lakes areas with 1 watt maximum power.
156.925 156.925 X X IS, SS, C Fishing Industry—BCC area.
156.975 156.975 X X IS, SS, C Fishing Industry—BCC area.
157.025 157.025 X X IS, SS, C Whale Watching—BCC area.
157.075 157.075 X X X X X X X S, IS, SS DFO/Canadian Coast Guard use only
157.125 157.125 X X X X X X X IS, SS DFO/Canadian Coast Guard use only
157.175 157.175 X X IS, SS DFO/Canadian Coast Guard and other government agencies
------- 161.775 X X S Continuous marine broadcast service
157.225 161.825 X SS, PC
157.275 161.875 X X X X SS, PC
157.325 161.925 X SS, PC
157.375 157.375 X X X X IS, SM, NC Port operation and ship movement -EC area. Pleasure craft—BCC area.
161.975 161.975 X X X X X X X X -AIS- Automatic Ship Identification and Surveillance System
157.425 157.425 X X X X IS, SM, C Port operation and ship movement—BCC area.
162.025 162.025 X X X X X X X X -AIS- Automatic Ship Identification and Surveillance System
------- 162.550 X X X X X X X X S Weatheradio broadcast
------- 162.400 X X X X X X X X S Weatheradio broadcast
------- 162.475 X X X X X X X X S Weatheradio broadcast

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Legend

Area of Operation:

  • AA: All Areas
  • EC (East Coast): NL, AC, GL and Eastern Arctic areas
  • NL: Newfoundland and Labrador
  • AC: Atlantic Coast, Gulf and St. Lawrence River up to and including Montréal
  • GL: Great Lakes (including St. Lawrence above Montréal)
  • WC (West Coast): BCC, Western Arctic and Athabasca-Mackenzie Watershed areas
  • BCC: British Columbia Coast (Pacific Coast)
  • INLD BC: Inland Waters of BC and the Yukon
  • INLD PRA: Inland Waters of MB, SK, and AB

Nature of Service & Type of Traffic:

  • IS: Intership
  • SS: Ship/shore
  • C: Commercial
  • NC: Non-commercial
  • S: Safety
  • SM: Ship movement
  • PC: Public correspondence
  • AIS: Automatic Ship Identification and Surveillance System
  • VTS: Vessel Traffic Services
Table II—MF/HF Bands for Communications with Coast Stations and Other Ship Stations in the Maritime Service
Frequency Band (MHz) Usage Restrictions
.415—.495 COMMUNICATIONS (Radiotelegraphy only) (Narrow Band Direct Printing on .490 MHz receive only) PRIMARY
.495—.505 COMMUNICATIONS Distress & Calling (Radiotelegraphy only) PRIMARY
.505—.510 COMMUNICATIONS (Radiotelegraphy only) PRIMARY
.510—.525 NAVTEX RECEIVERS .518 MHz CO-PRIMARY WITH AERONAUTICAL RADIONAVIGATION
2.000—2.065 COMMUNICATIONS CO-PRIMARY WITH FIXED
2.065—2.107 COMMUNICATIONS PRIMARY
2.107—2.170 COMMUNICATIONS CO-PRIMARY WITH FIXED
2.1700—2.1735 COMMUNICATIONS PRIMARY
2.1735—2.1905 COMMUNICATIONS Distress and Calling PRIMARY
2.1905—2.1940 COMMUNICATIONS PRIMARY
2.194—2.300 COMMUNICATIONS CO-PRIMARY WITH FIXED
2.300—2.495 COMMUNICATIONS CO-PRIMARY WITH FIXED
2.505—2.850 COMMUNICATIONS CO-PRIMARY WITH FIXED
4.000—4.063 COMMUNICATIONS CO-PRIMARY WITH FIXED
4.063—4.438 COMMUNICATIONS NavTex Receivers 4.2095 MHz PRIMARY
5.73—5.90 COMMUNICATIONS CO-PRIMARY WITH FIXED
6.200—6.525 COMMUNICATIONS PRIMARY
8.100—8.195 COMMUNICATIONS CO-PRIMARY WITH FIXED
8.195—8.815 COMMUNICATIONS PRIMARY
12.230—13.200 COMMUNICATIONS PRIMARY
16.36—17.41 COMMUNICATIONS PRIMARY
18.78—18.90 COMMUNICATIONS PRIMARY
19.68—19.80 COMMUNICATIONS PRIMARY
22.000—22.855 COMMUNICATIONS PRIMARY
25.07—25.21 COMMUNICATIONS PRIMARY
26.100—26.175 COMMUNICATIONS PRIMARY
216—220 COMMUNICATIONS CO-PRIMARY WITH LAND MOBILE AND FIXED
2850—2900 MARINE RADAR—SHORE-BASED RADAR ONLY MARITIME RADIONAVIGATION CO-PRIMARY WITH AERONAUTICAL RADIONAVIGATION secondary radiolocation
2900—3100 MARINE RADAR PRIMARY secondary radiolocation
5470—5650 MARINE RADAR AND SHIPBOARD INTERROGATOR TRANSPONDER PRIMARY secondary radiolocation
8850—9000 MARINE RADAR—SHORE-BASED RADAR ONLY MARITIME RADIONAVIGATION CO-PRIMARY WITH RADIOLOCATION
9200—9300 MARINE RADAR & SEARCH AND RESCUE TRANSPONDERS MARITIME RADIONAVIGATION CO-PRIMARY WITH RADIOLOCATION
9300—9500 SEARCH & RESCUE TRANSPONDERS RADAR PRIMARY secondary radiolocation

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Table III—Examples of Internationally Assigned Frequencies and Usage for the MF and HF Radiotelephony Allocations for Mobile Stations in the Maritime Service
Assigned Frequency (kHz) Usage
2004.4 Intership—East Coast only
2041.4 Intership between pleasure vessels—Pacific Coast only
2066.4 Private ship/shore communications in coastal areas of Canada and the St. Lawrence River as far west as Montréal
2080.4 Private ship/shore communications in coastal areas of Canada and the St. Lawrence River as far west as Montréal
2083.9 Intership communications in all maritime areas of Canada, including the Great Lakes
2094.4 Private ship/shore communications in coastal areas of Canada and the St. Lawrence River as far west as Montréal
2101.4 Government use only
2104.9 Government use only
2174.5 International distress frequency, narrow band direct printing telegraphy
2182.0 Distress and Calling
2187.5 International Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
2238.4 Intership between non-fishing commercial vessels on the East Coast only
2314.4 Intership between fishing vessels on the Pacific Coast only
2367.4 Intership for non-fishing commercial and pleasure vessels on the Pacific Coast and Intership on the Beaufort Sea and Mackenzie Waterways
2639.4 Intership
2739.4 Intership
4126.4 Ship/shore calling only for distress, safety, calling and reply
4147.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
4150.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
4177.5 International distress frequency, narrow band direct printing telegraphy
4207.5 International Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
4418.4 Call and reply
6216.4 Ship/shore calling only for distress, safety, calling and reply
6225.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
6228.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
6231.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
6268.0 International distress frequency, narrow band direct printing telegraphy
6312.0 International Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
6517.4 Call and reply. Daytime use only.
8256.4 Ship/shore calling only for distress, safety, calling and reply
8292.4 Distress and safety calling
8295.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
8298.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
8376.5 International distress frequency, narrow band direct printing telegraphy
8414.5 International Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
12291.4 Ship/shore calling only for distress, safety, calling and reply
12354.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
12357.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
12360.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
12363.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
12366.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
12520.0 International distress frequency, narrow band direct printing telegraphy
12577.0 International Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
16421.4 Distress and safety calling
16529.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
16532.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
16535.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
16538.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
16541.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
16544.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
16547.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
16695.0 International distress frequency, narrow band direct printing telegraphy
18796.4 Distress and safety calling
18826.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
18829.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
18832.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
18835.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
18838.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
18841.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
18844.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
22061.4 Distress and safety calling
22160.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
22163.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
22166.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
22169.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
22172.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
22175.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
22178.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
25098.4 Distress and safety calling
25101.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
25104.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
25107.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
25110.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
25113.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
25116.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
25119.4 Ship/shore and intership communications
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