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Welcome to the
Amateur Radio &
Scanner Radio page
for Kenora, Ontario (Grid EN29ss)
and the Lake of the Woods tourist area
by VE3NNM

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Table of Contents
Frequencies
Links
* Amateur Radio Repeater Frequencies * Other Ham Radio web sites in the region
* Amateur Radio Packet Frequencies * Canadian & International Ham Radio
* Amateur Radio HF Frequencies * Radio Scanner & Shortwave web sites
* Local Radio Scanner Frequencies * Kenora & Area General Information
* Ontario Government Fleetnet Radio System
* Ontario Natural Resources VHF-hi System  recently added content
* Municipal Fire Frequencies in N.W. Ontario
* Northern Ontario Trucking Channels
* Western Canada Trucking Channels
* Manitoba Trucking and Forestry Channels  recently added content
* Kenora Television Channels
This is not the web site for the Lake of the Woods Amateur Radio Society
to visit their web site please see the links section.
I'd like to acknowledge a certain RadioReference Database Administrator's visits to my web
site and note his copying of my frequency data and entering it into the RadioReference database
without crediting me as the source of the data he has stolen, including the intentional errors
I published here for the purposes of tracking when my data gets copied across the Internet.



Area VHF/UHF Repeater Info
Location
Coverage
Frequency
TX Offset
Callsign
Kenora, ON
local/linked
147.030
-600
VE3LWR
Kenora, ON
local
146.910
-600
VE3YQK
Sioux Narrows, ON
South of Kenora on Hwy 71
wide/linked
145.170
-600
VE3RSN
Sioux Narrows, ON
South of Kenora on Hwy 71
wide
146.940
-600
VA3SXN
North West Angle, MN
west-central Lake of the Woods at ON / MN border
wide
147.210
input 123.0 Hz
+600
N0MHO
Blackhawk, ON
near Hwy 11 / 71 junction
local
147.045
+600
VE3RBK
Falcon Lake, MB
near Ontario border
wide/linked
146.640
-600
VE4FAL
Hadashville, MB
near Ontario border
local
147.360
+600
VE4EMB
Dryden, ON
wide/linked (A)
147.255
+600
VE3DRY
Dryden, ON
local (A)
147.150
+600
VA3YHD
Camp Robinson, ON
between Vermilion Bay
and Ear Falls, Hwy 105
wide
145.310
-600
VE3VBY
Red Lake, ON
local (A)
147.000
+600
VE3RLD
Ignace, ON
east of Dryden on Hwy 17
local
147.180
+600
VA3IGN
Fort Frances, ON
local
146.820
-600
VE3RLC
Sioux Lookout, ON
North-East of Dryden on Hwy 72
wide/linked
146.850
-600
VE3YXL
Upsala, ON
east of Ignace on Hwy 17
local
145.470
-600
VE3UPP
Atikokan, ON
east of Fort Frances on Hwy 11
local
147.120
+600
VE3RIB
Bearpaw, ON
Highway 502 between Fort Frances and Dryden
wide
145.425
-600
VA3BPL

(A) = autopatch. A connection to the public telephone system is available on this repeater.

Please note the frequency change for Blackhawk's VE3RBK repeater!

The Sioux Narrows 146.940 repeater operates seasonally,
usually May - September.

Information and access codes for the area's linking system
are available in the Manitoba Repeater Society's User Codes List at:
www.mb-repeater-society.ca/repeater.html



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Area Packet Radio Info

The area's FBB packet BBS was taken out of service in June 1999. The area's TheNet Plus 2.08 packet nodes VE3JJS-2:ONKEN and VE3RMU-2:ONSXN were removed from service a short time later.

Location
Type
Frequency
System & Version
Callsign
Kenora, ON
node
145.010
TheNet Plus 2.08
VE3JJS-2:ONKEN
Kenora, ON
BBS
145.010
FBB-5.15-AB1FHMR$
VE3BBC
Sioux Narrows, ON
node
145.010
TheNet Plus 2.08
VE3RMU-2:ONSXN

For regional information, see VE4UA's VE4BBS web site.

APRS stations are the only packet radio resources available in the Kenora and Lake of the Woods area at this time, with activity taking place on 144.390 MHz.

For a list of APRS stations recently heard in the Kenora area, visit:
www.findu.com/cgi-bin/near.cgi?lat=49.76&lon=-94.45


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Area HF Amateur Radio Info
3675 kHz LSB - Canadian EmComm Channel Alpha
3743 kHz LSB - The Manitoba Weather Net at 8:30 am Central time.
3747 kHz LSB - The Manitoba Evening Phone Net at 7:00 pm Central time. 3747 is also a calling frequency for Manitoba Radio Amateurs.
3750 kHz LSB - The Northwest Ontario ARES Net at 7:15 pm Central time. Due to declining activity, this net only gets called once or twice a week.
3860 kHz LSB - Minnesota, North & South Dakota state nets and calling frequency.
MN: Noon & 5:30 pm - - SD: 6:00 pm - - ND: 6:30 pm - - all are local (Central) time
7055 kHz LSB - This frequency is a common Canadian calling frequency during the day and hosts many nets such as the Trans-Provincial Net (Ontario) and the Aurora Afternoon and Evening Nets. At night 7055 is usually smothered by CW transmissions, 7100 kHz is assigned as an alternate frequency for the Aurora Nets.
7135 kHz LSB - Canadian EmComm Channel Bravo
7277.5 kHz LSB - U.S. 10th Region Net and calling frequency
14.135 MHz USB - Canadian EmComm Channel Charlie
14.140 MHz USB - If you're looking for Canadian Hams, this is the frequency to use! The "Canadian calling frequency" has operators from across Canada monitoring throughout the day. On weekends, 14.140 hosts a national traffic net.

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N.W. Ontario & Manitoba
Radio Clubs and Repeater Links
LWARS: Lake of the Woods Amateur Radio Society
Amateur Radio club and repeater group serving Kenora and Sioux Narrows Ontario, Falcon Lake and Westhawk Lake Manitoba and the surrounding regions.
www.facebook.com/LOWARS
The club member responsible for maintaining this Facebook page passed away in October of 2014, so their might not be any more updates or additions. I don't know if anyone else has access to it (password, etc.)

ARSD: Amateur Radio Society of Dryden
Amateur Radio club and repeater group serving Dryden, Ontario and the surrounding area.
www.qsl.net/arsd

LARC: Lakehead Amateur Radio Club
Amateur Radio club and repeater group serving Thunder Bay, Ontario and the surrounding area.
www.larclub.ca

Manitoba Repeater Society
Amateur Radio repeater group serving the province of Manitoba, and affiliated with the 'Pine Tree' repeater system in N.W. Ontario.
www.mb-repeater-society.ca

Winnipeg Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Volunteer, non-profit emergency communications service serving Winnipeg, Manitoba and surrounding area.
www.winnipegares.ca

Triple 'S' Communications Group
Amateur Radio repeater group serving Selkirk, Manitoba and surrounding area.
www.ve4sss.ca

EastMan Amateur Radio Club
Amateur Radio club serving Selkirk and Lockport, Manitoba and the surrounding area.
www.qsl.net/ve4tg

Dauphin Amateur Radio Club
Amateur Radio club serving Dauphin, Manitoba and the surrounding area.
dauphinamateurradioclub.ca - ( formerly www.mts.net/~ve4stu ) - archive of old site

Winnipeg Senior Citizens' Radio Club
Amateur Radio club based in Winnipeg, Manitoba formed to provide services to seniors and the disabled and to provide communications services during emergencies. Their club's station is VE4WSC.
www.mts.net/~ve4wsc

Manitoba Amateur Repeater Coordination Council
A volunteer body of Manitoba Amateur Radio operators that coordinates Amateur Radio fixed-frequency allocations (repeaters, links, etc.) within Manitoba.
www.winnipegarc.org/marcc/

MARM: Manitoba Amateur Radio Museum
MARM is located on the grounds of the Manitoba Agricultural Museum in Austin, Manitoba and is dedicated to collecting, preserving, researching and exhibiting articles of Amateur Radio and communications. MARM also hosts an annual hamfest each year in August.
www.marminc.ca

Peace Garden Hamfest
Annual Hamfest held each July at the International Peace Garden on the Manitoba / North Dakota border.
www.mts.net/~holderr/ihf.htm

LOWRA: Lake of the Woods Repeater Association
Amateur Radio club and repeater group serving northern Minnesota's Lake of the Woods region and the surrounding area.
www.lowra.com


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Canadian and International Amateur Radio
General Info and Links
Industry Canada Spectrum Management
Industry Canada's Spectrum Management division is responsible for the licensing and enforcement of radio communication in Canada.
strategis.ic.gc.ca/epic/internet/insmt-gst.nsf/en/Home

Industry Canada's Amateur Radio information
Reference material and documentation about Amateur Radio in Canada from the federal department responsible for its regulation.
strategis.ic.gc.ca/epic/internet/insmt-gst.nsf/en/h_sf01709e.html

RAC: Radio Amateurs of Canada
RAC is the national association for Amateur Radio operators in Canada.
www.rac.ca

CANWARN
CANWARN is a volunteer organization of trained Amateur Radio operators who report severe weather observations to Environment Canada.
ec.gc.ca/meteo-weather/default.asp?lang=En&n=82ADE061-1

Emergency Communications Association of Ontario
An auxilliary emergency communications network of trained, volunteer Amateur Radio operators providing communications at the municipal and provincial government levels in the interest of public safety and service.
ecoa.ca

IRLP: Internet Radio Linking Project
IRLP is a group based in the United States dedicated to linking Amateur Radio repeaters worldwide via the Internet.
www.irlp.net

CFARS: Canadian Forces Affiliate Radio System
CFARS is a program sponsored by Canada's National Defence Headquarters in which authorized Canadian Amateur Radio operators along with Canadian military installations and units provide auxillary communications to the Canadian Armed Forces.
www.cfars.ca

CLARA: Canadian Ladies' Amateur Radio Association
CLARA is an organization for female Amateur Radio operators in Canada.
www.claranet.ca

Canadian Amateur Radio Callsign Database
The Radio Amateurs of Canada host the on-line database of licenced Amateur Radio operators in Canada.
www.rac.ca/callbook

IARU: International Amateur Radio Union
A world-wide federation of national Amateur Radio organizations formed to defend the interests of Amateur Radio and to represent Amateur Radio's interests to the International Telecommunications Union.
www.iaru.org

ITU: International Telecommunication Union
The International Telecommunication Union is an international organization established to standardize and regulate international radio and telecommunications.
www.itu.int

ITU Amateur and Amateur-Satellite Service info
General information on world-wide Amateur Radio regulatory affairs from the ITU's Bureau of Radiocommunication and the International Amateur Radio Club, 4U1ITU.
life.itu.int/radioclub/ars.htm

Handiham: Courage Center Handiham System
The Courage Handi-Ham System based in Minnesota provides tools for people with disabilities to learn Amateur Radio and technology skills, and to earn their Amateur Radio licences.
www.handiham.org

Amateur Radio Newsline
ARNewsline covers U.S. and international Amateur Radio news and current events. They produce a weekly broadcast that can be downloaded as a file in mp3 format.
www.arnewsline.org

eHam
A web site in the U.S. featuring Amateur Radio news and current events, equipment reviews, message boards and submitted articles.
www.eham.net


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Radio Scanner Frequencies
Kenora area
User
Frequency
Notes
Ontario Provincial Police
Kenora
413.5375
ctcss 107.2 Hz
low-power rebroadcast of
4 OPS 30 digital talk group
Shoppers' Mall Security
464.2375
ctcss 162.2 Hz
primary operations, low power
Kenora Area Fire
154.070
ctcss 88.5 Hz
primary operations & paging
Kenora Area Fire
154.995
ctcss 88.5 Hz
secondary operations
Kenora City Fire Fleetnet Repeater
414.2625
ctcss 192.8 Hz
low-power repeater for
communications over Fleetnet
Kenora City Fire Fleetnet Repeater
414.5625
ctcss 192.8 Hz
low-power repeater for
communications over Fleetnet
Ornge Air Ambulance
413.6875
no ctcss
helicopter ambulance repeater
150.100 with carrier squelch is used as an alternate frequency
Kenora Ambulance
413.7625
ctcss 110.9 Hz
ambulance mobile repeater
Ontario Ambulance
150.100
ctcss 118.8 Hz
Ambulance Provincial Common
all regions
Ontario Air Ambulance
129.275
"MedCom" all regions
Ontario Ambulance
149.440
paging, all regions
Fire / Ambulance / Rescue
148.655
inter-agency (inactive)
Kenora Jail
411.8875
ctcss 141.3 Hz
low-power repeater
Kenora Public Works
166.815
ctcss 100.0 Hz
primary operations
Kenora Hydro
171.225
ctcss 88.5 Hz
primary operations
Ontario Hydro
49.070
ctcss 114.8 Hz
operations, Kenora district
Ministry of Natural Resources
46.680
ctcss 110.9 Hz
operations, Kenora district
Environment Canada weather
162.475
Kenora region

Ambulance operations have switched over to the Fleetnet radio trunking system. The old ambulance frequencies of 149.335 MHz and 149.245 MHz are no longer in operation. 149.830 MHz was active for some time afterward with First Response teams (mostly volunteer fire departments) talking with ambulance dispatch but now it has also been taken out of service. The helicopter ambulance communicates with dispatch via a repeater on 413.6875 MHz, and occasionally on 150.100 simplex. Ambulance paging continues to operate as before on 149.440 MHz, and the airplane still operates on 129.275 MHz (known as "MedCom").

Ambulances using the Fleetnet radio trunking system can continue to be monitored with conventional FM-mode scanners via the low-power in-ambulance repeaters operating in the 413 MHz band, usually 413.7625 MHz. The frequencies 413.7875, 413.8125, 413.8625 and 413.8875 are also available for use. For successful reception of these ambulance repeaters, the paramedics have to turn on their ambulance repeater and the low-power re-transmission from the ambulance has to be within the range of the scanner operator.


Ontario Provincial Police
User
Tower
Mobile
Notes
OPP
148.765
148.765
"Sim 11", province-wide
OPP
-
410.8625
ctcss 123.0 Hz
in-car repeaters
OPP & Municipal Police
142.770
138.750
inter-agency, province-wide
OPP Kenora
413.5375
ctcss 107.2 Hz
-
low-power rebroadcast of
4 OPS 30 digital talk group
OPP Fort Frances
413.5375
ctcss 107.2 Hz
-
low-power rebroadcast of
4 OPS 22 digital talk group
OPP Sioux Lookout
412.8875
ctcss 107.2 Hz
-
low-power rebroadcast of
4 OPS 26 digital talk group

The OPP in this district have fully switched over to the Fleetnet radio trunking system as of February 2008. Their communications can continue to be monitored with conventional FM-mode scanners in the Kenora area by tuning to the "Beat Repeater" on 413.5375 or across the province by monitoring the in-car repeater frequency of 410.8625 MHz.


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Fleetnet

Most provincial government agencies in Ontario communicate using the province-wide Fleetnet trunking radio system operating primarily in the 142 MHz band. Fleetnet operates in both analog FM mode and in APCO-25 Level 1 or " P-25 " digital mode using a common digital control channel at each tower site. The Motorola Type-II SmartZone control channel at each tower site transmits continuously and does not carry any voice transmissions. The actual communications take place on voice channels that the control channel assigns when needed.

The lowest frequency available for tower output is 141.015 MHz which is assigned the Logical Channel Number 380 (LCN-380). Channel spacing is 15 kHz. Input frequencies to the tower are 4.020 MHz lower than the output frequency. Fleetnet frequencies used elsewhere in Ontario in the 151 MHz band (starting with LCN-579) and the 154 MHz band (starting with LCN-632) are not used in this zone.

Ambulance and highway maintenance use FM mode, while law enforcement including the OPP, Treaty 3 Police, MNR officers and MTO officers operate in APCO-25 Level 1 digital mode.

The primary communications (dispatch) centre for Fleetnet in this area (Zone 4) is located in Thunder Bay. The alternate or backup communications centre is in North Bay (Zone 3). Regional ambulance and municipal fire and First Response services are dispatched from the Kenora Central Ambulance Communications Centre (Kenora CACC).



Fleetnet Zone 4 Site 29
Alias: 29LINK
Location:
Link Lake
east of Kenora on hwy 17
Primary Control: 142.710 MHz (LCN-493)
Secondary Control: 142.950 MHz (LCN-509)
Voice Channels: 142.080 MHz (LCN-451)
142.125 MHz (LCN-454)
142.380 MHz (LCN-471)
FM Input Tone: 83.72 Hz
APCO-25 NAC: 312
Fleetnet Zone 4 Site 30
Alias: 30MINK
Location: Minaki
Hwy 596, north end
Primary Control: 142.650 MHz (LCN-489)
Secondary Control: 142.830 MHz (LCN-501)
Voice Channels: 142.050 MHz (LCN-449)
142.200 MHz (LCN-459)
142.425 MHz (LCN-474)
FM Input Tone: 138.46 Hz
APCO-25 NAC: 317
There is no Site 31
Fleetnet Zone 4 Site 32
Alias: 32ECHO
Location:
Echo Bay
Clearwater Bay, west of Kenora
Primary Control: 143.100 MHz (LCN-519)
Secondary Control: 142.725 MHz (LCN-494)
Voice Channels: 142.140 MHz (LCN-455)
142.455 MHz (LCN-476)
142.845 MHz (LCN-502)
FM Input Tone: 76.76
APCO-25 NAC: 311
Fleetnet Zone 4 Site 33
Alias: 33CROW
Location: Crow Lake
Nestor Falls, south of Kenora
Primary Control: 142.095 MHz (LCN-452)
Secondary Control: 142.680 MHz (LCN-491)
Voice Channels: 142.530 MHz (LCN-481)
142.875 MHz (LCN-504)
142.905 MHz (LCN-506)
FM Input Tone: 97.3
APCO-25 NAC: 314

Fleetnet Talkgroups
I have observed the following talkgroups active in the area
Talkgroup
Digital
Analog
Designation
Description
2768 D
MNR enforcement
2784 D
MNR enforcement
2800 D
MNR enforcement
2816 D MNR 4NRT01 MNR tactical 01
2848 D MNR 4NRT03 MNR tactical 03
2864 D MNR 4NRT04 MNR tactical 04
2976 D
MNR enforcement Dryden
3024 D
MNR enforcement Kenora
3040 D
MNR enforcement Red Lake - Ear Falls
3056 D
MNR enforcement
3072 D MNR 4EMER MNR enforcement - Sault Ste. Marie PCC
3776 D
MTO enforcement
3792 D
MTO enforcement
3808 D
MTO dispatch
8000 D 4 PC ENF Inter-agency for law enforcement (OPP/MNR/MTO/etc.)
8288 D OPP 4OPS02 OPP operations 02
local talkgroup for Dryden and Ignace areas
8288 D OPP 4OPS05 OPP operations 05
local talkgroup for Kenora area
8352 D OPP 4OPS09 OPP operations 09
local talkgroup for Red Lake area
8368 D OPP 4OPS10 OPP operations 10
local talkgroup for Sioux Lookout area
8544 D OPP 4OPS21 OPP operations 21
primary dispatch and operations for new area as of late July '09
* Thunder Bay (outside of city limits)
* Dryden (outside of city limits), Wabigoon, Oxdrift
* Ignace
* Vermilion Bay
* Highway 17 from Thunder Bay west to Vermilion Bay (at Willard Lake)
8560 D OPP 4OPS22 OPP operations 22
primary dispatch and operations for:
* Highway 71 south of Caliper Lake
* Highway 11 west, incl. Rainy River, Fort Frances and Atikokan
8544 D OPP 4OPS26 OPP operations 26
primary dispatch and operations for
* Highway 105 north of Camp Robinson, incl. Ear Falls & Red Lake
* Highway 72 including Sioux Lookout and Hudson
* Highway 599 north end, including Pickle Lake
8672 D OPP 4OPS29 OPP operations 29
This talk group has been removed from service.
The areas it covered have been primarily re-assigned to 4OPS22.
8688 D OPP 4OPS30 OPP operations 30
primary dispatch & operations for:
* Highway 17 from west of Vermilion Bay (at Willard Lake) to Manitoba border
* Highway 71 northern end, incl. Sioux Narrows & Nestor Falls
* Highways 596 & 525, incl. Minaki & Whitedog
* Highway 658, incl. Redditt
* Highway 671 (Jones Rd), incl. Grassy Narrows
* Northern Lake of the Woods
8848 D OPP 4THBAY OPP Thunder Bay Region Wide
* East of English River
8864 D OPP 4KENRA OPP Kenora Region Wide
* West of English River
9376 D OPP 4TAC01 OPP tactical 01
9392 D OPP 4TAC02 OPP tactical 02
9408 D OPP 4TAC03 OPP tactical 03
9424 D OPP 4TAC04 OPP tactical 04
12288 D FIRE KEN NOR City of Kenora Fire
Sioux Narrows / Nestor Falls Municipal Fire
Ear Falls Municipal Fire
Sioux Lookout & Hudson Municipal Fire
12304 D FIRE KEN SOU Fort Frances Municipal Fire
12320 D
Fire TAC, region wide
17904 D
City of Kenora Fire - local TAC
32768 A 4 PC SAF Inter-Agency for public safety (police, fire, ambulance, gov't)
32800 A 4 PC AMB Inter-Agency for ambulance
32832 A 4 PC FIRE Inter-Agency for fire
35056 A
Ambulance, Thunder Bay dispatch
35072 A
Ambulance, Thunder Bay dispatch
35152 A
Municipal fire and First Response, Hwy 11 west of Fort Frances
35168 A MOH KEN NOR Ambulance, Kenora dispatch "North"
35184 A MOH KEN SOU Ambulance, Kenora dispatch "South"
35200 A MOH 4TAC01 Ambulance tactical 01
36320 A
Ambulance patch to Lake of the Woods District Hospital
36352 A
Ambulance patch to Dryden Hospital
36480 A
Ambulance patch to ???
36944 A
Ambulance patch to ???
38064 A
MTO highway maintenance
38080 A
MTO highway maintenance
- wide-range (weather broadcasts)
38176 A
MTO highway maintenance
38192 A
MTO highway maintenance
38256 A
MTO highway maintenance
38272 A
MTO highway maintenance
38336 A
MTO highway maintenance
38384 A
MTO highway maintenance
38416 A
MTO highway maintenance
38432 A
MTO highway maintenance
- zone 43: Dinorwic, Dryden, Ear Falls, Red Lake, Vermilion Bay
38448 A
MTO highway maintenance
- wide-range (road reports)
38496 A
MTO highway maintenance
38512 A
MTO highway maintenance
- zone 41: Clearwater Bay, Kenora, Nestor Falls, Minaki, Sioux Narrows
38592 A
MTO highway maintenance
- zone 45: Emo, Fort Frances, Mine Centre, Rainy River
38768 A
MTO highway maintenance
39600 A
Ontario Ministry of Corrections
39664 A
Ontario Ministry of Corrections


Fleetnet Sound Samples
Description
File Format
Ontario Fleetnet Control Channel
20 seconds - as heard on FM receiver
.WAV
164,126 kb
.MP3
333,042 kb
Ontario Fleetnet Undecoded APCO-25 Voice Transmissions
30 seconds - as heard on FM receiver
.WAV
482,872 kb
.MP3
488,554 kb
Simplex APCO-25 Encrypted Voice Transmissions
29 seconds - as heard on APCO-25 receiver
.WAV
478,942 kb
.MP3
483,961 kb

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Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources VHF-hi System

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources received final authorization for its new VHF-hi radio system licences in April of 2013. This province-wide system will operate on approximately 42 simplex channels in the 139 MHz, 141 MHz and 143 MHz areas. The 143 MHz frequencies include the old Ministry of Transportation (MTO) repeater output frequencies that have been abandoned and re-assigned as a result of MTO's switch to the Ontario Fleetnet system. This new radio system will operate on simplex (no repeaters) and will consist of remotely-operated base stations on area towers for dispatch purposes, a number of mobiles and portables, and aircraft-mounted radios for air-to-ground and air-to-air communications.

I have not yet heard any activity on these new frequencies and I am unaware of any timetable for their activation. I am also unaware of any announcement concerning the fate of the MNR's old 46 MHz radio system and frequencies, but it is unlikely that the MNR will maintain two different radio systems after the transition period is over.

The frequencies listed below are only the ones allocated for use in the Ontario region west of Thunder Bay.

Frequency
Location and Use
139.185
West Sector Air-to-Ground up to 4000 feet, 1 Watt ERP
139.215
Provincial Air-to-Ground up to 4000 feet, 1 Watt ERP
139.290
Sector Channel - Ear Falls, Upsala
139.335
West Sector Air-to-Ground up to 4000 feet, 1 Watt ERP
139.365
North, South and East Sector Air-to-Ground up to 4000 feet, 1 Watt ERP
139.380
North and East Sector Air-to-Ground up to 6000 feet, 1 Watt ERP
139.395
Sector Channel - Red Lake, Sandstone Lake
139.410
Sector Channel - Hazelwood, Pikangikum
139.455
North, West and South Sector Air-to-Ground up to 4000 feet, 1 Watt ERP
139.470
Sector Channel - Grassy Narrows
139.485
Sector Channel - Kenora, Pickle Lake
139.515
Sector Channel - Devlin, Sioux Lookout
139.620
Sector Channel - Flanders, McCubbin
139.725
Sector Channel - Dryden
139.755
Sector Channel - Ignace
139.830
Sector Channel - Stugeon Lake
139.950
West Sector Air-to-Ground up to 4000 feet, 1 Watt ERP
141.360
Regional Channel - Devlin, Dryden, Hazelwood, Kenora, Pickle Lake, Pikangikum, Red Lake, Sapawe, Sturgeon Lake, Sioux Lookout
141.390
North and West Sector Air-to-Ground up to 4000 feet, 1 Watt ERP
141.405
North, West and East Sector Air-to-Ground up to 4000 feet, 1 Watt ERP
141.420
North, West and East Sector Air-to-Ground up to 4000 feet, 1 Watt ERP
141.435
Far North Sector Air-to-Ground up to 4000 feet, 1 Watt ERP
141.495
North, West and East Sector Air-to-Ground up to 4000 feet, 1 Watt ERP
141.630
West and East Sector Air-to-Ground up to 4000 feet, 1 Watt ERP
141.675
Initial Attack Channel - Ear Falls, Hazelwood, Pikangikum, Red Lake, Sandstone Lake, Upsala
141.705
Initial Attack Channel - Grassy Narrows, Kenora
141.720
Initial Attack Channel - Devlin, Flanders, McCubbin, Pickle Lake, Sioux Lookout
North, West and East Sector Air-to-Ground up to 4000 feet, 1 Watt ERP
141.735
Initial Attack Channel - Dryden, Ignace, Sturgeon Lake
141.930
Initial Attack Channel - Ear Falls, Hazelwood, Pikangikum, Red Lake, Sandstone Lake, Upsala
143.850
Initial Attack Channel - Grassy Narrows, Kenora, Mine Centre
143.865
Initial Attack Channel - Devlin, Flanders, McCubbin, Pickle Lake, Sioux Lookout
North Sector Air-to-Ground up to 4000 feet, 1 Watt ERP
143.955
Initial Attack Channel - Devlin, Dryden, Ignace, Sturgeon Lake
143.970
West Sector Air-to-Ground up to 4000 feet, 1 Watt ERP
NOTES
  • Sapawe has no IAC or Sector Channel allocation, licenced for Regional Channel only

  • McCubbin: Hwy 599 (Pickle Lake Highway) near Savant Lake, about 60 miles NE of Sioux Lookout

  • Sandstone Lake: Near Canada / U.S. border about 1/2 way between Atikokan & Thunder Bay

  • Sturgeon Lake: Hwy 599 (Pickle Lake Highway) near Highway 642 junction, about 35 miles ESE of Sioux Lookout


Provincial Parks VHF-hi Digital System

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources received licences for a new VHF digital radio system at several of its provincial parks during the spring of 2014. I have not yet heard any activity on these new frequencies and I am unaware of any timetable for their activation. Many of the provincial parks in Northwestern Ontario had previously been assigned duplex frequencies in the MNR's old 46-MHz FM radio system but they were never activated. My list of licences in the table below only includes the parks from the Thunder Bay area west to the Manitoba border, there are many other parks across Ontario that have recently been assigned these same frequencies. The 149.170 / 149.605 frequency pair was formerly assigned to Ontario's Ministry of Health for its ambulance service.

Transmit
Receive
Location
Callsign
143.460
148.450
Rushing River (Kenora)
CYO208
143.460
148.450
Sleeping Giant (Thunder Bay)
CYO476
149.170
149.605
Kakabeka Falls (Thunder Bay)
VBT632
149.170
149.605
Rainbow Falls (Schreiber)
XMI693
149.170
149.605
Quetico (Atikokan)
CKZ660
149.185
149.620
Caliper Lake (Nestor Falls)
CKZ720
149.185
149.620
Quetico (Atikokan)
CYO361
149.185
149.620
Sandbar Lake (Ignace)
CKZ719
149.185
149.620
Sleeping Giant (Thunder Bay)
CKZ717

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Area Municipal Fire Frequencies
UPDATE: The City of Dryden has announced the closure of the communications centre at its municipal police department. The 911 and dispatch services formerly provided by this communications centre are now contracted out. This communications centre had been providing paging and dispatch services to the Dryden, Hudson, Ignace, Machin and Sioux Lookout fire departments. These municipal fire departments are now using the Kenora Central Ambulance Communications Centre (Kenora CACC) for paging and dispatch services. For communication with Kenora CACC, all of the participating fire departments' repeaters are linked via a Fleetnet talkgroup. Paging from CACC is initiated by dialing into a particular fire department's repeater via telephone line. The distorted tones from a particular department's page wind up being carried across all of the repeaters in the network via the Fleetnet talkgroup used for linking. Initial dispatches and any subsequent communication between a fire department and CACC are done via the Fleetnet-linked repeaters, so those comms are also heard across all of the networked repeaters. The fire departments now switch to VHF simplex for fireground operations.
Location
Frequency
Kenora District Fire Mutual Aid
mutual aid and on-scene tactical
153.890
no ctcss/dcs
Rainy River District Fire Mutual Aid
mutual aid and on-scene tactical
153.950
no ctcss/dcs
Manitoba Fire Provincial Common
mutual aid and on-scene tactical
158.925
no ctcss/dcs
South East Whiteshell Fire Department
Westhawk Lk, Falcon Lk & southern Whiteshell Park, MB
154.695
dcs 411
Ingolf, ON
issued 25 August 2014
154.775
unknown ctcss/dcs
Machin, ON
Vermilion Bay, Eagle River, Minnitaki
154.860
ctcss 100.0 Hz
Dryden, ON
153.890
ctcss 141.3 Hz
Ignace, ON
154.190
ctcss 192.8 Hz
Sioux Lookout, ON
153.590
ctcss 123.0 Hz
Hudson, ON
154.415
ctcss 114.8 Hz
Ear Falls, ON
150.935
ctcss 107.2 Hz
Red Lake, ON
154.070
ctcss 192.8 Hz
Fort Frances, ON
154.160
ctcss 127.3 Hz
Hwy 11/71 West of Fort Frances, ON
Barwick, Bergland, Dawson, Devlin, Emo, Morson, Rainy River,
Lake of the Woods Township
153.950
ctcss 146.2 Hz
Hwy 11/71 West Fire link from Fort Frances Fire Dispatch
Fort Frances tower
150.920
ctcss 146.2 Hz
Atikokan, ON
154.070
ctcss 141.3 Hz
Thunder Bay, ON
primary operations
154.190
ctcss 141.3 Hz
Thunder Bay, ON
secondary operations
152.225
ctcss 123.0 Hz
Murillo
Oliver Paipoonge township, west of Thunder Bay
152.135
ctcss 114.8
Neebing
Neebing and South Gilles, south of Thunder Bay
150.200
ctcss 114.8
Shuniah
Shuniah township, east of Thunder Bay
149.110
ctcss 100.0


Aboriginal Fire Frequencies

Industry Canada issued a number of new fire frequency allocations to Aboriginal communities in the area during the spring and summer of 2009. Paging Frequencies were added in early summer 2011. I do not know if these frequencies are currently active.

Location
Lat / Long
Frequency
Callsign
Whitefish Bay
( Naotkamegwanning )
Sioux Narrows
49° 24' 19"
93° 57' 36"
150.395
cancelled
VXM465
cancelled
Sabaskong Bay
( Onegaming )
Nestor Falls
49° 08' 14"
93° 56' 47"
151.160
simplex
VXM469
Big Grassy
( Mishkosiimiiniiziibig )
Morson
49° 04' 15"
94° 18' 49"
166.320
simplex
VXM470
Whitedog
( Wabaseemoong )
north-west of Minaki
50° 08' 06"
94° 56' 11"
150.905
cancelled
VXM471
cancelled
Northwest Angle 33
( Kabapikotawangag )
west-central Lake of the Woods at ON / MN border
49° 23' 43"
94° 58' 25"
150.440
simplex
VXM472
Northwest Angle 33
( Kabapikotawangag )
west-central Lake of the Woods at ON / MN border
49° 21' 51"
95° 00' 59"
152.045
paging
cancelled
CGT431
cancelled
Northwest Angle 33
( Kabapikotawangag )
west-central Lake of the Woods at ON / MN border
49° 21' 54"
95° 01' 05"
164.565
(formerly 153.065)
repeater
CGT981
Northwest Angle 37
( Kabapikotawangag )
Windigo Island, Lake of the Woods
49° 21' 32"
94° 52' 54"
151.760
paging
cancelled
CGT432
cancelled

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General Information Regarding the Use of Common Logging Radio Channels in Northern Ontario
excerpt from Industry Canada circular - June 1, 2000 original document

Common Logging Radio Channels For Areas of Northern Ontario as Designated Below ... ONLY.

Frequency
(MHz)
Area of Operation
172.065
Ramsay Area (hauling roads)
This common logging industry frequency is authorized in the following areas only: the districts of Kenora, Rainy River, Thunder Bay, Algoma, Cochrane; part of the Sudbury district, north of Cartier and Capreol, except 50 km radius of Red Lake.
171.000 Kenora to Thunder Bay and Rainy River District
This common logging industry frequency is authorized in the following areas only: The districts of Kenora, Rainy River, Thunder Bay and west of highway 129, Chapleau and Hearst.
170.310 Kenora to Thunder Bay and Rainy River District
This common logging industry frequency is authorized in the following areas only: The districts of Kenora, Rainy River and Thunder Bay.
165.180 Geraldton to Hearst
This common logging industry frequency is authorized in the following areas only: the districts of Kenora, Thunder Bay and west of Wawa and Hearst, except 50 km radius of Red Lake.
163.980 Temagami to Hearst - Timmins to Wawa - Entire Algoma district
This common logging industry frequency is authorized in the following areas only: the districts of Timiskaming, Cochrane, Algoma and the northern part of the District of Sudbury, north of Biscotasing, Westree and Shining Tree.
159.270 Timmins area
This common logging industry frequency is authorized in the following area only: east of Nipigon, north of Wawa, Chapleau, Watershed and west of Matheson and Elk Lake.
150.290 Thunder Bay to Wawa and Dubreuilville
This common logging industry frequency is authorized in the following areas only: the districts of Thunder Bay and Sudbury; part of the Algoma district - south of the CN Rail line.

  • Use approved land mobile equipment,
    NOT marine, amateur, or front-programmable radios.

  • Frequencies must be used ONLY in the area indicated above.

  • Keep conversations short and to the point.
    These channels are shared with other users.

  • Use of profane language is not permitted. Your child may be listening.

  • All radios and frequencies used must be licenced by Industry Canada - Spectrum Management unless specifically exempted in the Radiocommunication Act or Regulations.

Notes below by the maintainer of this web site, not Industry Canada.

  • Outside of the designated areas frequencies are assigned to other licence holders and should not be used.

  • By local convention 150.290 has been designated channel 4 or HAUL_4 on radios with alphanumeric displays

  • By local convention 170.310 has been designated channel 5 or HAUL_5 on radios with alphanumeric displays

  • By local convention 171.000 has been designated channel 6 or HAUL_6 on radios with alphanumeric displays

  • By local convention 165.180 has been designated channel 7 or HAUL_7 on radios with alphanumeric displays

  • By local convention 163.980 has been designated HAUL_144 on radios with alphanumeric displays

  • By local convention 154.635 has been designated channel 9 or HAUL_9 on radios with alphanumeric displays and uses a CTCSS tone of 156.7 on transmit and carrier squelch on receive. The licence for this frequency is held by Domtar Pulp and Paper Products Inc. Dryden Mill Operations and should not be used unless specifically authorized by them. Within 50km of Thunder Bay this frequency is licenced to Taranis Contracting and should not be used.

  • Industry Canada does not recognize channel names, just frequency assignments.


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Truck-to-Truck Channels For Use On
Public Roads in the Western Provinces

The frequencies listed below are not available for use in Northwestern Ontario. However transmissions can frequently be monitored on them across Canada as truckers use them outside of the authorized areas of operation. Radios operating on these frequencies require a licence from Industry Canada, and operation outside of the designated areas is prohibited as the frequencies could be assigned to other users in some areas.
The LAD channel names listed below are recognized by Industry Canada. The ALBERTA channel names are not recognized channel names however their use is fairly common in the trucking industry. Industry Canada refers to the frequencies below as "Appendix B1" frequencies and will consider applications to have them added to a radio licence.
For the most part, these remain mobile-only frequencies across Canada and there are many legitimate regional and Canada-wide licence-holders operating on these channels outside of the areas covered by Appendix B1. I have made a few notes in the chart below where there are legitimate, licenced users on these frequencies in Northwestern Ontario and the adjacent areas.

"These frequencies are for use in mobile stations only." "Mobile station means a radio station intended to be used while in motion and during stops." - Industry Canada

Frequency
Location
153.050
Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, NWT and Nunavut only
* excluding a 90 km radius of Strathmore, AB
* called ALBERTA 2
* This frequency is assigned to the Public Works department in Red Lake, ON
* This frequency is assigned to the paper mill in International Falls, MN / Fort Frances, ON
154.100
BC, Yukon, NWT & Nunavut only
* excluding Greater Vancouver, BC
* excluding Fraser Valley west of Hope, BC
* excluding Vancouver Island south of Nanaimo, BC
* south of 53°30'00" latitude (i.e. south of Edmonton)
* 100km radius of Bonnyville, AB
* called LAD 1
* Industry Canada might place a restriction within 120 km of BC / U.S. border on licences, however this is not officially a part of 'Appendix B1'
* In International Falls, MN (Fort Frances, ON) and northeastern Minnesota this frequency is assigned to Arrowhead Transit, operating with a CTCSS tone of 203.5 Hz
154.325
BC, Yukon, NWT & Nunavut only
* excluding Greater Vancouver, BC
* excluding Fraser Valley west of Hope, BC
* excluding Vancouver Island south of Nanaimo, BC
* called LAD 3
* Industry Canada might place a restriction within 120 km of BC / U.S. border on licences, however this is not officially a part of 'Appendix B1'
158.940
BC, Yukon, NWT & Nunavut only
* called LAD 2
162.210
Alberta, NWT & Nunavut only
* called ALBERTA 1
* In Manitoba this frequency is assigned to the Department of Natural Resources province-wide
163.050
Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba only
* excluding Saskatchewan north of 53 degrees latitude
* excluding Saskatchewan east of 104 degrees longitude
* called ALBERTA 3
* This frequency is assigned to a local school board in Winnipeg, MB
* This frequency is assigned to a construction company in Thunder Bay, ON
165.480
Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba only
* excluding a 80 km radius of Weyburn, SK
* excluding a 50 km radius of Grande Prairie, AB
* called ALBERTA 4
* Manitoba trucks hauling into Kenora's lumber mill are frequently heard using a CTCSS tone of 100.0 Hz
166.620
Alberta and Saskatchewan only
* excluding a 50 km radius of Calgary, AB
* excluding a 50 km radius of Magrath, AB
168.120
Alberta only
* excluding a 50 km radius of Olds, AB
* called ALBERTA 5
173.370
BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, NWT & Nunavut only
* excluding a 50 km radius of Saskatoon, SK
* called LAD 4

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Manitoba Trucking and Forestry Frequencies

Manitoba does not have any province-wide frequencies set aside for general trucking use other than three out of the ten "Appendix B1" western-Canada frequencies listed above.
There are two frequencies set aside for forestry in a specific area of the province, and there are a few private haul channels used by certain forestry companies and their contractors.
The table below summarises the most common Manitoba trucking and forestry frequencies from the Industry Canada licence database, documents I've found on the Internet and personal experience.
A radio licence from Industry Canada is required before operating on these frequencies.

Frequency
Location
150.785
Manitoba-wide, mobiles only
* This frequency is assigned to dozens of licence-holders throughout Manitoba for mobile-only communications between units of the same licence
* No mention is made of authorized communications between units of different licences, i.e. use a general haul channel
* Tembec used this as their "Contractors" channel for their Pine Falls operation
* " Licencee's stations Manitoba-wide mobile-only frequency, no base stations allowed " - Industry Canada
153.050
Manitoba-wide, mobiles only
* Authorized as part of Appendix B1. Also specifically mentioned in several radio licences.
* " The frequency 153.05 is allocated for mobile use only on a shared basis. No base stations are permitted. " - Industry Canada
154.725
Tolko "Road Traffic Channel", Northern Manitoba.
* " Safety channel for use on Tolko administered logging roads only " - Industry Canada
    Tolko Operating Guidelines:
  • Vehicles working on company roads should use a VHF two-way radio able to monitor and transmit on 154.725 MHz
  • This frequency is called the Road Traffic Channel
  • Any general business or personal discussions should be done on another channel
  • Vehicles must call out their location when travelling on company roads
  • When calling out use kilometre location, truck type, and indicate direction of travel
  • Vehicles should call out upon turning on to a Company road and then every 2 km
  • Remember a mobile radio does not eliminate the need for prudent driving
163.005
Porcupine Forest and Duck Mountain, Road Safety
* " Safety channel for logging roads, for use in the Porcupine Forest / Duck Mountain forest area only " - Industry Canada
163.050
Manitoba-wide, mobiles only
* Authorized as part of Appendix B1. Also specifically mentioned in several radio licences.
* " The frequency 163.05 is allocated for mobile use only on a shared basis. No base stations are permitted. " - Industry Canada
163.425
Spruce Products, Road Safety
* " Safety channel for use on Spruce Products administered logging roads only " - Industry Canada
163.995
Porcupine Forest and Duck Mountain, Road Safety
* " Safety channel for logging roads, for use in the Porcupine Forest / Duck Mountain forest area only " - Industry Canada
165.480
Manitoba-wide, mobiles only
* Authorized as part of Appendix B1. Also specifically mentioned in several radio licences.
* Tembec used this frequency as the company haul channel for their Pine Falls operation, and operated with a CTCSS squelch tone of 100.0 Hz
* " The frequency 165.48 is allocated for mobile use only on a shared basis. No base stations are permitted. " - Industry Canada

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Kenora Television Stations
OTA
Channel
Digital
Channel
Transition
Channel
Cable
Channel
Satellite
Channel
Callsign
Network
Location
2
50
50
2
Bell: 118
Shaw: 703
CBWFT-7
SRC
Transmitter: Tunnel Island
Studio: Winnipeg, MB
8
8
53
9
Bell: 226
Shaw: 332
CBWAT
CBC
Transmitter: Tunnel Island
Studio: Winnipeg, MB
13
13
16
12
Bell: 224
Shaw: 320
CJBN
Global
Transmitter: Norman
Studio: Keewatin
-
-
-
10
Bell: -
Shaw: -
NCC10
-
Transmitter: none
Studio: Keewatin
44
44
14
6
Bell: 265
Shaw: 353
CICO-TV-91
TVO
Transmitter: Clearwater Bay
Studio: Toronto, ON


OTA: The local over-the-air (antenna) channel on a TV.

Digital: The local over-the-air (antenna) channel on a TV that has a built-in digital ATSC tuner or is connected to a digital to analog converter box. These transmitters have not yet been activated in the local area. There are no digital signals here. These are the channel assignments for future use only.

Transition: The channel a TV station may use temporarily for its digital transmissions while its regular channel is still occupied with the old signal. These transmitters have not yet been activated in the local area. There are no digital signals here. These are the channel assignments for future use only.

The mandatory switch to digital television broadcasting only applies to select major television markets in Canada. The closest locations to be affected are Winnipeg and Thunder Bay. A switch to digital television will not be taking place elsewhere in Northwestern Ontario and there are no plans to do so in the future.

TV Ontario deactivated its channel 44 analog transmitter on July 31 2012 without activating a digital transmitter. TV Ontario's transmissions are no longer available in the area.

The CBC and SRC (French CBC) have carried through with their threat to shut down all of their low-power analog television transmitters nation-wide at the end of July 2012 without activating digital transmitters in the affected areas. These networks are no longer available for viewing in the entire region between Winnipeg and Thunder Bay.

CJBN on analog channel 13 is the only television station left broadcasting in the Kenora area.


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