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Old 05-19-2014, 2:12 PM
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My not so fondest memories were working on the 300 watt transmitters after they were hit by lightning. On those nights, I think I could hear every car in the province.
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For you Canada guys, is there much low band use in Canada at all?
Here in my corner of Ontario there are still some users particularly staff in some provincial parks and conservation areas.

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There's a lot to be said for the simplicity that low band offered.
Indeed. There seemed to be wider coverage on low-band than hi-band (VHF) and certainly UHF, requiring less infrastructure and potential points of failure.
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When skip conditions were good, I remember listening to California Highway Patrol
around 44 Mhz. back in the late 70's, Early 80's. Times sure have changed.
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Default Continuous Broadcast

Was 458 Mhz. a continuous broadcast? I remember there was frequency
up on UHF that was broadcasting 42.060 & 42.220. It sounded like a continuous
broadcast. I can't remember, But was 42.060 car to car & dispatch on 42.220 or
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I can remember when the OPP where on the 42mhz band. I lived in Muskoka at the time and remember that most of skip I got was from Cedar Rapids.

As to the 1/4 wave antennas, I recall that the whips they were using were actually the original antennas when the OPP used to be on shortwave, I believe around 6 or 7 mhz, and were cut to accommodate the 42mhz band, hence no ball on the top of the whip.

Yes, I think I can recall as a youngster that I used to listen to the OPP on the shortwave radio.

Can anyone verify the time range for shortwave, 42mhz use?
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I recall reading somewhere that OPP moved to low-band some time in the 1940's.
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I recall reading somewhere that OPP moved to low-band some time in the 1940's.
I remember reading something similar, when they were upgrading to NOR, about the 42MHz system being
brand-new in (or around) 1946...

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I stand corrected. The OPP moved to the 40mhz band in 1947 according to the OPP museum website. I would have been too young in the 40's to even care what was on the radio.
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I have been listening to low band and have not heard a thing. I see Ontario Hydro is listed, but nothing so far.
Anyone know of anything active 30 50 mhz?
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I always have North Carolina, Missouri and California Highway Patrols in my favourite lists. They use 42 MHz.

Under 40 MHz (low to mid 30's), I've heard Texas, Florida and although I don't understand Spanish, I'm assuming it may be Mexico

There is a guy on the http://forums.radioreference.com/ski...ducting-forum/ that posts daily logs. Have a look over what he puts up and give it a shot.

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Default data type signals on 72.18

For years there have been data type signals on 72.18, 72.22, and 72.28.
They show listed as local hospitals. Anyone have any info on these signals?

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the only things that I know of that are left in LOW BAND here in Ontario are Hydro One and MNR Fire & Parks.

Otherwise nothing else left here that I know of.

Hope this helps.
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The 72mhz signals are for wireless synch of clocks in large public institutions. I've also seen them listed for schools/universities.
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