Ice Road Truckers NWT

Status
Not open for further replies.

BillQuinn

Member
Joined
May 5, 2007
Messages
210
Does anyone know what frequencies the Ice Road Truckers in the NWT near Yellowknife use? There is such a wide expanse of land that they couldnt use a normal 4 watt CB radio effectively.
 

Jay911

.
Feed Provider
Joined
Feb 15, 2002
Messages
9,293
Location
Bragg Creek, Alberta
We checked this out last year when the first season came on. They have a metric buttload of conventional freqs in UHF and VHF, and the truckers are mainly using the road LAD channels. I think I have the LAD channels listed in the Alberta section of the DB - they're fairly common among the western/northern provinces and territories.

I seem to recall that people last year were saying that they saw hammy type radios in some scenes. If that was the case, it would not be out of the question (although it would be illegal, of course) for the users to tweak the radios to operate on the VHF LAD channels at high-wattages... IIRC, you can get mobile ham radios that will do 100W on VHF. Your garden variety rental Maxtrac or CDM1250 only puts out 25-30W.

To talk back to the base station, as I recall, they use a satellite link radio. The same kind of thing has been used in some mountainous regions of Alberta where no repeater sites can be built/maintained. It takes a simplex UHF or VHF frequency as input and transmits it to a satellite, which repeats it back to a ground station with only about a 0.1 - 0.4 second delay.

If you see a business name, you can type it in to the URL https://spectrumdirect.ic.gc.ca/pls/engdoc_anon/web_search.licensee_name_input and have a pretty decent chance of getting a response. I typed "DIAVIK" into it and got two licenses for the Diavik diamond mines. IIRC, Nuna Logistics is the name of the company hosting the truckers... that should find you the actual licensees.
 
Last edited:

bezking

Member
Database Admin
Joined
Aug 5, 2006
Messages
2,661
Location
On the Road
Hi All,
I saw the show and the text-tags on the ICOMs showed "Tli Cho," so I typed it into Jay911's link and got two licenses from Yellowknife, they were in the 169.xx range.
 
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top