Archived — Notice No. DGRB-005-99

Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGRB-005-99

Proposal to Grant Operating Privileges in the 28.0 Mhz to 29.7 Mhz Band to Individuals Holding an Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic and Morse Code (5 W.P.M.) Qualifications

This Notice announces a proposal to modify the current requirement of Basic and Morse Code (12 w.p.m.) to the amateur radio Operator Qualifications listed in item 9 of Schedule I of the Radiocommunication Information Circular 2 (RIC-2), Standards for the Operation of Radio Stations in the Amateur Radio Service. Under this new proposal, individuals holding an Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic and Morse Code (5 w.p.m.) Qualifications would be allowed to operate in the 28.0 MHZ to 29.7 MHZ (10 metre band) amateur radio frequency band.

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) submitted the proposal to Industry Canada at the Canadian Amateur Radio Advisory Board meeting held in May 1998, in response to requests from radio amateurs across Canada. The proposal coincides with the upcoming favourable sunspot cycle years which normally increase propagation characteristics in the 28.0 MHZ to 29.7 MHZ High Frequency (HF) band.

Many radio amateurs believe that the extension of operating privileges to those radio amateurs holding Basic and Morse Code (5 w.p.m.) Qualifications to operate in this HF band would be an important step for the growth and stability of the amateur radio service. It would provide amateurs, who now meet basic international requirements, with the opportunity to operate world wide long distance (DX) communications and increase their HF operating skills. It is also believed that this proposal would encourage operators with only Basic Qualification to learn Morse Code (5 w.p.m.) and increase the overall number of amateurs with HF knowledge and skills.

Industry Canada invites comments, preferably in electronic format, from all interested parties. Submissions should be addressed to the Chief, Authorization, Operational Policies, Procedures & Programs, at the following Internet address: dospa@ic.gc.ca.

To ensure comments will be considered, they are to be received by the Department within 60 days of the date of publication of this Notice. All submissions must cite the Canada Gazette Part I Notice publication date, title and the Notice reference number. Submissions may also be submitted to the Chief by mail at: 300 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0C8.

All submissions received electronically in response to this Notice will be made available for viewing on Industry Canada's website noted below.

World Wide Web (WWW): http://www.ic.gc.ca/spectrum .

The responses will also be made available for viewing by the public, during normal business hours, at the Industry Canada Library, 235 Queen Street, West Tower, 3rd Floor, Ottawa, Ontario, and at the offices of Industry Canada in Moncton, Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver, for a period of one year from the close of comments.

Jan Skora
Director General
Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulatory Branch

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