Nova Scotia

CBHFT-TV (SRC Network), Halifax

, Société Radio Canada

1971
On April 29, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation was licenced to operate a French language television station at Halifax, operating on channel 13 with an effective radiated power of 135 watts video and 13.5 watts audio. A directional antenna would be used from a 771 foot tower.

The new station would also operate rebroadcast transmitters at Mulgrave on channel 7 with 106 watts video and 21 watts audio – directional antenna from 665 foot tower; and Sydney – channel 13 – 4,500 watts video and 900 watts audio – directional from 515 foot tower.

A rebroadcast transmitter of CBAFT Moncton was approved for Yarmouth in 1969 and signed on the air on October 30, 1970. It would now operate as CBHFT-1 and rebroadcast CBHFT Halifax. It operated on channel 3 with an effective radiated power of 2,600 watts video and 410 watts audio, using a 558 foot tower with directional antenna.

An existing CBAFT Moncton transmitter at
Cheticamp would be renamed CBHFT-5. It had been on the air since November 2, 1964.

CBHFT-TV Halifax signed on the air on December 20.

1972
CBHFT-2 Mulgrave and CBHFT-3 Sydney began operations on September 30.

1980
CBHFT was granted approval to move from channel 13 to channel 32 and to increase effective radiated video power to 48,600 watts.

1981
CBHFT-5 Middleton began operations on November 10.

1982
CBHFT-6 Digby went on the air March 1.

On October 12, CBHFT-7 New Glasgow commenced operations.

1983
CBHFT-8 went on the air at Weymouth on June 16.

1984
On June 5, CBHFT was authorized to move from channel 32 to channel 13 and to decrease effective radiated video power from 48,600 watts to 1,290 watts. Due to economic reasons, the approved 1980 technical changes were never implemented, so CBHFT had operated on channel 13 the entire time.

1985
On October 9, CBHFT-1 Yarmouth received approval to increase transmitter power from 1,900 watts to 19,500 watts.  The CBC indicated the increase would improve the quality of the signal to the north and south of its coverage area. 

2000
CBHFT is a rebroadcaster of CBAFT Moncton and operates the following transmitters in Nova Scotia: CBHFT Halifax, CBHFT-1 Yarmouth, CBHFT-2 Mulgrave, CBHFT-3 Sydney, CBHFT-4 Cheticamp (on the air since November 2, 1964), CBHFT-5 Middleton, CBHFT-6 Digby, CBHFT-7 New Glasgow and CBHFT-8 Weymouth.

2011
On August 16, the CRTC approved applications by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to continue to operate 22 analog television rebroadcasting transmitters until August 31, 2012 in markets that the Commission identified as mandatory for conversion to digital transmission, and to make associated technical changes. This approval included CBHFT Halifax. Approval of the CBC's proposal, and related technical amendments, would provide additional time for affected households that rely on over-the-air service in mandatory markets to find other means to access the CBC's television services. Approval of the proposal would also provide an opportunity for the Commission to discuss the CBC's plans for its over-the-air transmitter system at the time of the CBC's licence renewal hearing, now scheduled for June 2012. 11. On the same date, the Commission approved applications by the CBC to amend the broadcasting licence of CBHFT-6 Digby in order to change the status from protected station to low-power unprotected station. Since the technical parameters approved in this decision were for low-power unprotected television services, the Commission reminded the applicant that it would have to choose another channel if ever the Department of Industry so required.

See CBAFT Moncton for more information

                                                                          
Updated September, 2011

Written by Bill Dulmage - September, 2007