Archived — Notice No. DGRB-012-99

Industry Canada

Radiocommunication Act

Notice No. DGRB-012-99 — Granting 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 is associated with an earlier notice DGRB-005-99 that solicited comments on a proposal to modify the current amateur radio operator qualification of Basic and Morse Code (12 w.p.m.) to grant operating privileges in the 28.0 MHz to 29.7 MHz band to individuals holding an amateur radio operator qualification of basic and morse code (5 w.p.m.).

The Department received 56 submissions related to this proposal; the vast majority of which were highly supportive of the change. Other comments raised the issue of completely eliminating the morse code requirement for Amateur Radio. While this issue was outside the scope of this proposal, the comments were noted. These comments are available for viewing on Industry Canada's website: 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.

The amateur radio operator qualifications listed in Radiocommunication Information Circular 2 (RIC-2), Standards for the Operation of Radio Stations in the Amateur Radio Service, have been amended as proposed. Individuals holding an Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic and Morse Code (5 w.p.m.) Qualifications may now operate in the 28.0 MHz to 29.7 MHz (10 metre band) amateur radio frequency band.

Copies of the revised RIC-2 are available from the Industry Canada Internet web site at the following address: World Wide Web (WWW) http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/en/sf01226.html.

Jan Skora
Director General
Radiocommunications
and Broadcasting Regulatory Branch

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