CHFC-AM, Churchill

CBC – Became a re broadcaster of CBWK-FM Thompson

CHFC-AM20011230250CBC – Became a re broadcaster of CBWK-FM Thompson


Early in the year, the Department of National Defence applied for a 100 watt AM station at Churchill. The frequency was unknown. The CBC approved the application.

The Canadian military now had four radio stations on the air in the far north with the opening of CHFC Churchill. Broadcasting eight hours daily, the station would transmit programs through transcriptions supplied gratis by the networks. All commercials in the programs would be deleted.


The C.A.B. was trying to help non-commercial CHFC find program material to entertain the military personnel stationed at Fort Churchill.


CHFC was taken over by the CBC on September 13.


CHFC was noted as operating on 1230 kHz with a power of 250 watts (non-directional), and was owned by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.


On January 28, CHFC was authorized to increase day and night power from 250 watts to 1,000 watts.


On May 29, approval was granted for CHFC to operate at 250 watts day and night. In 1985, the station was granted a power increase to 1,000 watts. The increase was intended to improve CHFC’s signal quality and to eliminate potential night-time interference from Class C stations which were allowed to increase their night-time power, as part of a bilateral agreement between Canada and the United States. The CBC did not implement the power increase because the potential night-time interference never materialized. The CBC advised the CRTC that CHFC’s operation at 250 watts provided good coverage to Churchill.


On November 16, CHFC had its licence renewed. The CRTC noted at this time that the station broadcasts programming originating from the CBC Radio network via CBW Winnipeg and originated 52 minutes of local programming per week.


On May 15, the CRTC approved the application to amend the licence for CBWK-FM Thompson (the originating station), by authorizing the station to add a transmitter at Churchill. The CBC indicated it no longer produced programming at Churchill and proposed to add the transmitter CHFC Churchill to offer the programming of CBWK-FM. The Churchill transmitter would continue to operate on a frequency of 1230 kHz, with a transmitter power of 250 watts.

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