CPC-2-3-03 — Frequency Bands in the Maritime Mobile Service and Maritime Radionavigation Service

Issue 1
April 2008

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K1A 0H5

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Contents

  1. Principle
  2. Mandate
  3. Related Documents
  4. Policy

1. Principle

The Minister of Industry, through the Department of Industry Act, the Radiocommunication Act and the Radiocommunication Regulations, with due regard to the objectives of the Telecommunications Act, is responsible for spectrum management in Canada. As such, the Minister oversees the development of national policies and goals for spectrum resource use and ensures effective management of the radio frequency spectrum.

As a participating member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Canada, through Industry Canada, protects the right of access of Canadians to the radio frequency spectrum.

2. Mandate

Section 5 of the Radiocommunication Act authorizes the Minister to plan the allocation and use of the radio frequency spectrum.

3. Related Documents

Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations

International Telecommunication Union - Radio Regulations

  • Article 5, Chapter VII (Articles 30 to 34) and Chapter IX (Articles 46 to 58); and
  • Appendices 15, 17, 18, and 25.

4. Policy

As part of their ongoing spectrum allocation activities, the Department and the ITU have allocated the frequency bands indicated below for use by stations in the Maritime Mobile Service. These tables reflect the decisions of the ITU's World Radiocommunication Conference — 2003 and the Canadian Table of Frequency Allocations, 2005 Edition.

4.1 VLF, LF and MF

Abbreviations

BW
Bandwidth
DSC
Digital Selective Calling
HF
High-frequency (3-30 MHz)
LF
Low-frequency (30-300 kHz)
MF
Medium-frequency (300-3000 kHz)
MSI
Maritime Safety Information
NAVTEX
Navigational and Meteorological Warning Text Broadcasting System
NBDPWT
Narrowband Direct-Printing Wireless Telegraphy
R/T
Radio Telephony
SSB
Single Sideband
SHF
Super Ultra-high Frequency (3-30 GHz)
Tx
Transmission
UHF
Ultra-high Frequency (300-3000 MHz)
VHF
Very-high Frequency (30-300 MHz)
VLF
Very-low Frequency (3-30 kHz)
W/T
Wireless Telegraphy (Radio Telegraphy)
Frequency Band
Frequency Band (kHz) Allocation Status Details
14-19.95 MARITIME MOBILE
co-primary with FIXED
W/T - A1A and F1B
(Digital SSB (J2B or J7B) may be used provided the occupied BW does not exceed that of the permitted W/T signal.)
20.05-70 MARITIME MOBILE
co-primary with FIXED
W/T - A1A and F1B
(Digital SSB (J2B or J7B) may be used provided the occupied BW does not exceed that of the permitted W/T signal.)
70-90 MARITIME MOBILE
co-primary with FIXED and
MARITIME
RADIONAVIGATION with
Radiolocation secondary
W/T - A1A and F1B
(Digital SSB (J2B or J7B) may be used provided the occupied BW does not exceed that of the permitted W/T signal.)
110-130 MARITIME MOBILE
co-primary with FIXED and
MARITIME
RADIONAVIGATION with
Radiolocation secondary
W/T - A1A and F1B
Digital - A2C, F1C, J2B, J7B
R/T - A3C and F3C
130-160 MARITIME MOBILE
co-primary with FIXED
W/T - A1A and F1B
Digital - A2C, F1C, J2B, J7B
R/T - A3C and F3C
275-285 Maritime radionavigation
(radiobeacons) and Aeronautical
mobile secondary to
AERONAUTICAL
RADIONAVIGATION
W/T - A2A and A2H
285-315 MARITIME
RADIONAVIGATION
(radiobeacons) co-primary with AERONAUTICAL
RADIONAVIGATION
W/T - A2A and A2H
(Supplementary navigational information may be transmitted in the maritime radionavigation service using narrow-band techniques provided that no harmful interference is caused to radiobeacon stations in the radionavigation service.)
315-325 MARITIME
RADIONAVIGATION
(radiobeacons) with
Aeronautical radionavigation
secondary
W/T - A2A and A2H
(Supplementary navigational information may be transmitted in the maritime radionavigation service using narrow-band techniques provided that no harmful interference is caused to radiobeacon stations in the radionavigation service.)
325-335 Maritime Radionavigation and
Aeronautical mobile secondary
to AERONAUTICAL
RADIONAVIGATION
W/T - A2A and A2H
Frequency Band
Frequency Band (kHz) Allocation Status Details Usage
415-495 MARITIME MOBILE with Aeronautical radionavigation secondary W/T - A1A and F1B
490 kHz
NAVTEX
• Coast Station
Tx only
• Weather
• Navigation
• NBDP W/T
495-505 MOBILE (distress and calling) W/T - A1A and F1B Distress/Safety
505-510 MARITIME MOBILE W/T - A1A and F1B
510-525 MOBILE co-primary with AERONAUTICAL RADIONAVIGATION W/T - A1A and F1B
518 kHz
• NAVTEX
• Coast Station
Tx only
• Weather
• Navigation
• NBDP W/T
2065-2107 MARITIME MOBILE R/T - R3E and J3E
kW maximum output power
2170-2173.5 MARITIME MOBILE R/T - R3E and J3E
400 W maximum output power
2173.5-2190.5 MOBILE (distress and calling) only R/T - R3E and J3E
2 174.5 kHz • Distress
• Safety
• NBDP W/T
2 182 kHz • Distress
• Safety
• R/T
2 187.5 kHz • Distress
• Safety
• DSC
2190.5-2194 MARITIME MOBILE R/T - R3E and J3E
400 W maximum output power

4.2 HF and VHF

HF and VHF
Frequency Band (kHz) Allocation Status Details Usage
4.000-4.063 MARITIME MOBILE co-primary with FIXED R/T - R3E and J3E • Ship Station
4.063-4.438 MARITIME MOBILE R/T - R3E and J3E
4.125 MHz • Distress
• Safety
• R/T
4.1775 MHz • Distress
• Safety
• NBDP W/T
4.2075 MHz • Distress
• Safety
• DSC
4.2095 MHz • NAVTEX
• Coast Station
Tx only
• Navigation
• Weather
4.210 MHz • NBDP W/T
• MSI
• Coast Station
Tx only
• Safety
• NBDP W/T
6.2-6.525 MARITIME MOBILE R/T - R3E and J3E • Distress
6.215 MHz • Safety
• R/T
6.268 MHz • Distress
• Safety
• NBDP W/T
6.312 MHz • Distress
• Safety
• DSC
6.314 MHz • Safety
• NBDP W/T
8.1-8.195 MARITIME MOBILE co-primary with FIXED R/T - R3E and J3E
8.195-8.815 MARITIME MOBILE R/T - R3E and J3E
8.291 MHz • Distress
• Safety
• R/T
8.364 MHz • Search/Rescue
• R/T
8.375 MHz • Distress
• Safety
• DSC
8.3765 MHz • Distress
• Safety
• NBDP W/T
8.4145 MHz • Distress
• Safety
• DSC
8.4165 MHz • MSI
• Coast Station
Tx only
• Safety
• NBDP W/T
12.23-13.2 MARITIME MOBILE R/T - R3E and J3E
12.29 MHz • Distress
• Safety
• R/T
12.52 MHz • Distress
• Safety
• NBDP W/T
12.577 MHz • Distress
• Safety
• DSC
12.579 MHz • MSI
• Coast Station
Tx only
• Safety
• NBDP W/T
16.36-17.41 MARITIME MOBILE R/T - R3E and J3E
16.42 MHz • Distress
• Safety
• R/T
16.695 MHz • Distress
• Safety
• NBDPWT
16.8045 MHz • Distress
• Safety
• DSC
16.8065 MHz • MSI
• Coast Station
Tx only
• Safety
• NBDPWT
18.78-18.9 MARITIME MOBILE R/T - R3E and J3E
19.68-19.8 MARITIME MOBILE R/T - R3E and J3E
19.6805 MHz
• MSI
• Coast Station
Tx only
• Safety
• NBDPWT
22-22.855 MARITIME MOBILE R/T - R3E and J3E
22.376 MHz
• MSI
• Coast Station
Tx only
• Safety
• NBDPWT
25.07-25.21 MARITIME MOBILE R/T - R3E and J3E
26.1-26.175 MARITIME MOBILE R/T - R3E and J3E
26.1005 MHz
• MSI
• Coast Station
Tx only
• Safety
• NBDPWT
156.050-156.7625 MOBILE co-primary with FIXED with priority given to the maritime mobile service in relevant bands and areas R/T - F3E/G3E
156.3 MHz • Search/Rescue
• Intership
• Ships/Aircraft
• R/T
156.525 MHz • Distress
• Safety
• DSC
156.65 MHz • Safety
• Intership
• R/T
156.7625-156.8375 MARITIME MOBILE (distress and calling) only R/T - F3E/G3E
156.8 MHz
• Distress
• Safety
• R/T
156.8375-174 MOBILE co-primary with FIXED with priority given to the maritime mobile service in relevant bands and areas R/T - F3E/G3E
161.975/161.980 MHz
GMSK/FM
F1D/G1D, F2D/G2B
• AIS
162.025/162.030 MHz
GMSK/FM
F1D/G1D, F2D/G2B
• AIS
216-220 MARITIME MOBILE co-primary with FIXED with Radiolocation secondary R/T - F3E

4.3 UHF and SHF

UHF and SHF
Frequency Band (GHz) Allocation Status Details
0.456-0.459 MARITIME MOBILE
Fixed
On-board communication
Reference ITU-R RR> Nos. 5.287 and 5.288
2.85-2.90 AERONAUTICAL RADIONAVIGATION and MARITIME RADIONAVIGATION Radiolocation Ground-based Radar - P0N
5.47-5.57 MARITIME MOBILE RADIONAVIGATION with Radiolocation secondary Radar - P0N
5.57-5.650
8.85-9.00 MARITIME MOBILE RADIONAVIGATION co-primary with RADIOLOCATION Radar - P0N
9.20-9.93 MARITIME MOBILE RADIONAVIGATION co-primary with RADIOLOCATION Radar - P0N
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