CBW 990
Winnipeg, Manitoba

CBW , the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) outlet in Winnipeg, Manitoba traces their origins back to 1923 when it signed on as CKY. In 1933, CKY became a partial CBC outlet. In 1948, CBC purchased CKY outright and started to use the call letters CBW. The Call letters CKY were transferred to a new commercial station. CBW programming is re-broadcast on several FM outlets in Manitoba.

CBW was an easy catch in Spokane, and I have also heard them several times in Maryland. They sent the two QSL cards for reception reports sent to them.

CBX Radio 740
Edmonton, Alberta

CBX, the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) outlet in Edmonton started out on 1010 kHz in 1948. On 1 October 1964, CBX moved to 740 and CBR Calgary assumed the use of 1010. Currently, CBX is rebroadcast on several FM outlets throughout northern Alberta.

CBX would boom into Spokane in the 1970’s when conditions favored to the north. I sent a reception report off in 1977 and they responded with the QSL card below.

CBC Calgary, Alberta
1010 and 1460

CBR Calgary, Alberta on 1010 kHz was a regular reception in Spokane in the late 1960’s and 1970’s (and still is I assume). I remember tuning my little 8-transistor hand-held radio to their signal and placing it under my pillow to listen to them as I went asleep. Their programming was relayed on an outlet in Medicine Hat on 1460 kHz for a while. The 1010 kHz is still on the air, while 1460 kHz has since gone dark. CBR is also relayed on several FM outlets and one AM outlet as of this writing.

CBC Vancouver

This set of QSLs from Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Vancouver is a sampling of different types of stations. I had fun picking up the various ways they transmitted their signals and receiving QSL cards for my reports. Continue reading to see what I am talking about.

The first one is for their medium wave flagship station (CBU) on 690 kHz. This outlet can be easily heard throughout the West, but it does have to contend with interference from the station in Tijuana, Mexico. I could hear it all day long, especially in the winter in Spokane.

The second QSL below is for their main FM outlet (CBU-FM)  on 105.7 MHz.  They can be heard in the Seattle area with a fair signal. For this report, the reception was made at Moran State Park, on the San Juan Islands, Washington State.
sideThe third QSL is for their shortwave service (CKZU) on 6160 kHz which can be heard throughout the world under proper conditions.  I could hear them all day long in Spokane, and occasionally all day long in Utah.

The fourth QSL is for the analog television station on channel 2.  I managed to pick them up in Heber City, Utah on E-Skip. They were quite strong.

The fifth one is for the reception of a regional FM outlet (CBTA-FM) 94.7 MHz in Trail, BC. Amazingly, they could be fairly frequently heard in certain areas in Spokane on a car radio. I sent a report to Vancouver when I heard them on vacation to Spokane and received this card.

The sixth and final QSL is for their low-powered relay station (CBXQ) in Ucluelet, BC on Vancouver, Island. This 40-watt outlet on 540 kHz can be heard for a fair distance up and down the coast during the day. I heard them a couple of times in Utah on a beverage antenna after CBK signed off at midnight. My report this time is for a reception made at the Kalaloch Campground in the Olympic National Park along the coast. It was quite strong.

(Please scroll down to see all the QSLs)

(NOTE: Not all of the reception locations match my mailing addresses because they were vacation loggings.)