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Author Topic: Canadian Wilderness Radio Service?  (Read 3480 times)
N2XIW
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« on: April 08, 2017, 09:12:20 AM »

Years ago there were a lot of Spilsbury sbx-11a and similar radios being used in Canada for those in remote areas to
"check in" for safety and social reasons.

Was this licensed, or unlicensed?

Asking because I cant find anything much online about the "Service".

Is it still active up there, or has it been replaced by newer technology?

One popular frequency was reportedly 4441mhz.

Thanks for any information on how things work up there in the boonies.
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W4KYR
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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2017, 02:38:45 PM »

I can't answer that, but here is what the radio looked like.




Here is a video about it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q98vCSNa6d4
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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2017, 12:46:44 PM »

See http://www.matthewkendall.com/electronics/sbx-11a.
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N2XIW
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2017, 08:43:29 AM »

Nice pic and thanks for the link.

Hopefully someone knows what the deal on licensing was for the
Wilderness Radio Service, or whatever it was called.

It had a lot of backing from the Canadian government, as Spilsbury
received grants to develop radios for use in the Inuit communities, etc.




I can't answer that, but here is what the radio looked like.




Here is a video about it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q98vCSNa6d4
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W4KYR
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2017, 04:25:44 PM »

Nice pic and thanks for the link.

Hopefully someone knows what the deal on licensing was for the
Wilderness Radio Service, or whatever it was called.

It had a lot of backing from the Canadian government, as Spilsbury
received grants to develop radios for use in the Inuit communities, etc.


Maybe there was some kind of blanket authority by the Canadian Government to cover such operations.
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N2XIW
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« Reply #5 on: April 15, 2017, 03:06:49 PM »

Spoke with one Canadian amateur that thought it was operated under a low power exemption.

... but havent found anyone yet that really knows what the service was, if it was regulated, etc.

With it taking place in the boonies, I guess it wouldnt have mattered much if it was strictly legal or not.
What official is going to put on snowshoes to go deliver a summons?



"Maybe there was some kind of blanket authority by the Canadian Government to cover such operations."
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« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2017, 05:57:08 PM »

I once heard some Canadian hams chatting about it and saying that it was an unlicensed service.
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AJ4DW
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« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2017, 09:39:12 AM »

Here's a link to a brochure. 10 watts, 1.6 to 8 mHz. SSB


https://78462f86-a-7f31c921-s-sites.googlegroups.com/a/matthewkendall.com/www/electronics/sbx-11a/sbx11a-brochure-8409.pdf?attachauth=ANoY7cpt_hT4rEUVmUMiJzuIOj3uldC4whNvBcdkGF0t3yopiYfiU0UBFD47t9ZPmeTEeEQl_POU9MagKh5182K7mv_3VmyptaOTiovVIadP1-fk0Fea_hetsLn-fDKOdLW73Xvl1d58t1x-I1BH1lWMTu5fikrIxnEXmwThTgZhla7mDT5UTJMDclW8fmC4iTe9EvoHqY_lOlEKiCmx9kMVicq9xXUKaIlcEncav1gsVjeHo6NTc3gl4KApOjPLoF4B3JWqw_wy&attredirects=0
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