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From Rick VE9MTB Aug. 11th, 2017

New Brunswick amateur radio operators proved they were ready to get the message through "when all else fails" during the recent telephone outage. 

Last Friday August 4th, 2017, Bell and other telephone carriers experienced a widespread failure of the telephone network in Atlantic Canada. Service was interrupted to many cellular and landline telephone customers and to many mobile radio services, including portions of the trunked mobile radio system (TMR) used by Ambulance New Brunswick and other public services. 

New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) immediately began monitoring the situation and an amateur radio operator was en route to EMO headquarters. A province-wide call via radio was made to all amateur radio operators, to be prepared to deploy to local Emergency Operation Centres if needed. 

"Amateur radio has a long-standing history of being a back-up communication link for EMO, and this is exactly the type of situation where we can help," said Rick MacMillan, (call sign VE9MTB) President of the International Repeater Group (IRG).

"With limited telephone service, it was a challenge to reach anyone for the call to action, but the wheels started turning immediately and amateur radio operators started ramping up within minutes of the outage," added MacMillan. 

"The IRG has agreements with the Department of Health, and with Horizon and Vitalité health systems to help with back-up communications. Just within the last few years, amateur radio stations were installed in all hospital facilities, to be ready 'when all else fails'.  Within an hour, there were radio operators standing by at several local hospitals, just in case the facilities lost all their communications."

"Our repeaters are connected via a modern digital microwave network.  It does not require internet and most have back-up power sources -- it's a very robust system, proven over the test of time in all types of disasters". 

Amateur radio volunteers routinely take part in provincial and municipal emergency exercises throughout the year, and take part in regular on-air tests of equipment. 

"We want to remind all amateurs of the importance of tuning in during any type of unusual event.  Having a radio ready to go could make a big difference to their neighbors who need help.  Remember to keep your transmissions short and leave lots of chance for others to use the frequency if they need it during any emergency."

"Hats off to Cory Allen, VE9CO who immediately deployed to EMO headquarters and took inventory of other amateurs who were on the air and their location," said MacMillan.   

"In many locations, cellular and landline telephones were dead, and radio was all we had. We had over thirty amateur radio operators on the air throughout the province and more were joining in as the day went on.  Had the failure been more serious, we would have been able to relay urgent messages to anywhere in the province and beyond." 

"We can't say it enough -- be ready with a radio and back-up power to help others in case of an emergency.  Emergency situations can arise suddenly and without warning and the faster we can get people on the air or positioned where they can help, the better."

"All of our training and readiness paid off.  You never know when an emergency will strike, so it pays to be prepared," concluded MacMillan. 

The International Repeater Group operates on twenty five (25) amateur radio repeaters across New Brunswick, with links to Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, and covers parts of eastern Maine.  In addition to supporting the hobby of amateur radio, the IRG helps provide emergency communication support to New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization, Environment Canada, River Watch, and other departments, municipalities, hospital corporations and agencies.

More information:
Rick MacMillan, President
International Repeater Group

Background information:
International Repeater Group (IRG)
Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC)
American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada


From Dana VE1VOX Aug.9th, 2017

DMR repeater VA1DIG in Truro NS is now on Facebook. The setting is set to Public so all can see so you shouldn't have to be a member of FB.

There is repeater updates and some great operating tips for those new to DMR. 

From Al VE1CYP Aug. 8th, 2017

Thanks to Tom Cohoon VE1TA and the NSARA with cooperation of the Municipality of the District of Lunenburg our IRLP node 2973 on the VE1KIN repeater in Bridgewater 147.120 is once again back online.

From Lorne VE1BXK Aug.5th, 2017


Status of the MARCAN (Maritime Canada) RF Packet Radio Network as of Thursday August 5, 2017.

 

MARCAN Packet / APRS Network

 

Hammonds Plains

 

VE1PKT LAN (145.030) - RF cable run connected from radio/MFJTNC to VHF multi-coupler.  ON AIR

VE1PKT APRS (144.390) – Replacement Motorola GM300 VHF and MFJ1270 TNC installed. ON AIR

 

 

Upper Sackville

 

VE1USR (UHF Packet Node Node) -   Replaced Tiny 2 TNC with a MFJ1270B TNC. Set transmit deviation to spec. ON AIR

VE1USR  APRS (144.390) - Found MFJ1270B TNC VHF/HF switch was in the wrong position. Removed cover off TNC and removed clip on VHF/HF switch so it remains in VHF selection only. ON AIR

                                                                  

Hilden

 

VE1TAL LAN (145.070) – Complete node stack now operational. ON AIR

 

73, Lorne

VE1BXK


From Doug VE1FAL Aug.3rd, 2017


Maritime D-Star Reflector




VK3LDR of dstar.org.au defines reflectors as such:


A reflector can be considered to be similar to a repeater, but with no RF capabilities. Reflectors are Internet connected servers, generally in data centres, which receive a transmission from a connected gateway (via the Internet) and send it out to all other connected gateways for retransmission, via RF in the case of a repeater. The term gateway is used in the broader sense, which includes devices such as dongles and DVAPs.

Reflectors are basically a conference bridge for D-Star. They allow multiple D-Star repeaters and Dongle users, from around the world, to be joined together and whatever information is transmitted across one of the repeaters is repeated across all of the connected repeaters.


Reflectors are often set up for the purpose of regional communications, not usually in any technically enforced way, but rather as a designation of purpose.  For example, there are reflectors for Ontario, there are a cluster of reflectors linked together in the mid-Atlantic region of the US and so on.

At the time I write this there are only 5 D-Star repeaters in the Maritimes (3 in PEI and 2 in NS) but there are many D-Star users in the region, many of whom use “dongles” or “hotspots” to access the wider D-Star network.  But until now there was no regional reflector to link Maritimers.  Now there is.  Annapolis Valley ARC is hosting the Maritime D-Star Reflector.

This reflector has been added to the X Reflector host list (will be in the next published version after 16 July 2017) which can be found here or here. Or if you prefer to edit your host file manually then add the following:


     XRF339 xlx339.avarc.ca

The dashboard can also be found at http://xlx339.avarc.ca/.  Currently there are 3 modules available.  Module A is linked to international reflectors.  Module B is linked to Canadian reflectors.  Module C is the regional Maritimes reflector.  If/when other Maritimes reflectors are created by other groups, AVARC will request to link with them. Module D is not enabled at this time but there are experimental D-Star/DMR/YSF crosslink reflectors that we will be linking to in the future.

Over time this reflector will grow with more linking of international and national peers.  But more importantly it is hoped that Maritime D-Star users will make it their “home port” on the wider network of D-Star reflectors.


UPDATE: Module D is active with a crosslink to the Ontario C4FM group and DMR Brandmeister TG 3023.


From Howard VE1DHD Aug. 1st, 2017

2017 Brit Fader Scholarship

The Halifax Amateur Radio Club is pleased to announce that Bram Paterson - VA2XE - has been awarded the 2017 Brit Fader Scholarship.
Bram has just completed a college programme in engineering at CÉGEP de Saint-Laurent and will begin Electrical Engineering at the Sir George Williams Campus of Concordia University in Montreal in September 2017. It was because of his experiences in Amateur Radio that Bram elected to further his education in the field of electrical engineering and hopes to work in the area of RF field engineering.
Bram’s operating activities consist of SSB HF 2m and 70cm (FM & DMR) and he operates an APRS gate at his home QTH.
Bram served as the treasurer for the West Island Amateur Radio Club from 2015 to 2017, and is currently the editor of the Club News Letter, acts as backup net control operator for the Club and helps out at Field Day.
Bram was awarded a RAC Scholarship in 2015 as well as the 2015 Brit Fader Scholarship.

From Dave VE9CB Aug. 1st, 2017

Here is a succinct article from Howard VE1ZD on the matter of a Silent Key's certificate.  It's posted on the Fredericton ARC site under the title "None of us is here forever."  You might want to add it to the MA site.

This is something we must all consider.  Thank you to Howard VE1DHD for this concise article:

What happens to a Silent Key's Amateur Radio Operator certificate?

Unless someone notifies the Amateur Radio Service Centre at Industry Canada, now known as Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), so that the deceased ham’s call sign can be deleted from the database, absolutely nothing happens and the callsign remains active until the SK’s 125th birthday.  This then begs the question as to how many of the Radio Amateur callsigns in the ISED database belong to SKs.
While the families of some Radio Amateurs are aware of the importance of cancelling the callsign of a deceased family member, I would suspect that the vast majority are not.  I would therefore suggest that all Radio Amateurs should, as a matter of course, instruct family in a formal way as to how to cancel their callsign on their death.  The best way to do this is to include a directive in our wills to the effect that the executor needs to contact the Amateur Radio Service Centre in Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada to report the passing of a licensed Radio Amateur; a copy of the deceased’s obituary is required as confirmation.
The address for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is:

ISED Amateur Radio Service Centre
2 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 1Y3

email address:  ic.spectrumamateur-spectreamateur.ic@nullcanada.ca

Telephone: 1-888-780-3333 (Toll free)

Fax number: 1-705-941-4607

The next time you update your will be sure to add this change.

D. Howard Dickson
Radio Amateur – VE1DHD // VE1ZD
Seabright, Nova Scotia

From the Maritime Amateur Aug. 1st, 2017

The monthly email blast has been sent this morning to all members of the Maritime Amateur website.
If you did not receive it let me know. The usual reason is that you have changed your email address and it has not been updated at this end. If this is the case please email me with your new email address.
Thanks for supporting the site.

Jim Langille VE1JBL

From Peter VE1PS Jul.29th, 2017

Request for Operators – 2m VHF & APRS if available.


Ledwidge Lookoff Rally (http://www.lookoffrally.com/)


UPDATED: Date: AUGUST 20th, 2017


Time: 1000-1900’ish (Stages active at 1200)


Location: Moose Brook / Tennycape area – Noel Shore, Nova Scotia (45.251415, -63.869343)


The organizers of the Ledwidge Lookoff Rally have approached local Amateur Radio Operators for
communications support for this event. HAMS have provided communications for this event for several
years and our support is a key component to the safety and success of the event.
For this year’s event all stages will be run in one area. At the current time, the number of rally teams
planning to participate is also growing over previous years.
For the 2017 event, we will be making use of a mobile repeater trailer compliments of the Halifax
Amateur Radio Club. We have scouted out the area and have located a spot for the placement of the
trailer which should provide more than adequate coverage for the event.


Now what is really needed is volunteer Radio Amateurs to be positioned are various points around the
stages. We need everyone to be self-equipped with a functional 2m radio, preferably a mobile and a
handheld as a back-up. The operators will be posted to several points on the course to update the
progress of the competitors as they race around the stages, be available at pre-identified locations to
prevent access to the stages by ATVs and to provide emergency communications should there be an
incident long the route.
We ideally need approximately ten (10) volunteers with vehicles. If you have a SUV / pick-up / 4x4 it is
recommended however the route is actually well groomed for the most part. You will drive around the
stage to where you are assigned and the be parked there for the duration of the event.
If we have enough APRS operators along the route we call also use this as a means of tactical
communication locally.


The event also provides volunteers with a T-Shirt to help identify you in the stages as event volunteers.
There is also a turkey supper at the Walton Fire Hall after the event to which we are invited so you’ll
have a full belly for the drive home.


Those interested please contact Peter Service (VE1PS) at ve9nps@gmail.com

From Willis VA1WAB Jul.28th, 2017



The Pictou County Amateur Radio Club (PCARC) will conduct a radio course with the object of participants becoming a licensed radio amateur.

 

This course will be held at the club meeting place (Senior Citizens Meeting Place and former library, adjacent to the ball park) located at  Acadia Avenue and Leo Fahey Way  in Stellarton NS on Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM

 

The cost will be $80 payable at registration, per person plus one family member. It also includes the textbook for the course and a one year membership in the club.




Projected dates:


    August           12th Last day of Registration

    September    14th Start of Course

    December     14th Last session in 2017

    January          11th 2018  Course resumes

   Exam Target    the end of January

 

In order to register, the following persons may be contacted;

 

Bill Akkerman,  51 Weir Ave. Stellarton                 902-752-7360

Willis Bates,     2544 Cowan St. Westville             902-396-1289

John Orritt,       53 Denoon Street Pictou               902-237-6334

Kevin Kehoe,   459 Chisholm St. New Glasgow    902-759-7616

 

73

VA1WAB ………… Willis


From Dana VE1VOX Jul.25th, 2017

The VA1DIG repeater is now up and running. A few tweaks are yet to come including DStar accessibility. Currently the output is 10 watts and will be increased shortly.  It is running under the Brandmiester network. The hardware is located in Truro Heights and coverage is focused on the Truro core area. The frequency is 442.650+. 

From George VY2GF Jul.20th, 2017

East Point Lighthouse Speaks To The World


On August 18 members of the PEI Amateur Radio Group will set up antennas and radios at the East Point lighthouse. This temporary setup is to allow participation in the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW) which takes place each year on the 3rd full weekend in August. This year over 500 lighthouses in over 40 countries will be on the air attempting to make as many contacts as possible during the 48 hour period commencing at 9PM on Friday, August 18.


The ILLW came into being in 1998 as the Scottish Northern Lights Award run by the Ayr Amateur Radio Group. Over the years it has evolved into one of the most popular international amateur radio events in existence probably because there are very few rules and it is not the usual contest type event. It’s just HAM’s at lighthouses trying to make as many contacts as possible.


This year the participation of the East Point lighthouse in the ILLW is particularly significant as it has been designated the Confederation Lighthouse. The lighthouse earned this distinction as it is the only surviving structure of two built in 1867.


The public is invited to drop by and attempt a radio contact under the supervision of a licensed amateur.


Background.


ILLW


http://illw.net/index.php


East Point Lighthouse


http://www.eastpointlighthouse.com/


http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/prince-edward-island/pei-confederation-lighthouse-1.3765495

From Lorne VE1BXK Jul.13th, 2017

Gentlemen,

 

Current status of the MARCAN (Maritime Canada) RF Packet Radio Network as of Thursday July 13, 2017.

 

All packet radio nodes are fully operational with the exception of the following:

 

Nuttby VE1TRO (145.010 MHz):

Issue with high attenuation (10 db) with connected VHF multi-coupler. Direct RF paths to Kirkhill and Moncton are not reliable. To be investigated and repaired.

 

Lunenburg VE1LUN (144.970 MHz):

Radio has no RF output. Receive ok. No access to/from VE1VL, VE1VO & VE1SCR from this node.

 

Hammonds Plains VE1PKT (145.030 MHz):

QRT. No receive or transmit . TNC ok.

 

Recent News:

 

VE1KIL Kiltarlity (145.010 MHz) radio replaced and re-installed July 4, 2017 (VE1GV & VE1BXK)

VE1SCR Middle Ohio (144.970 MHz) radio and TNC upgraded and installed July 2, 2017 repaired and re-installed (VE1IC & VE1BXK)

VE1SCR-1 Middle Ohio (UHF) new building and tower installation spring 2017 (VE1MR {NSARA} & YARC)

VE1GYS Lundy (145.010 MHz) power supply repaired and re-installed June 20, 2017 (VE1DSS & VE1AHF)

 

The South Shore Packet Network (144.970 Mhz) is connected via the new UHF link from Middle Ohio to East Kemptville to the main MARCAN VHF Network (145.010 Mhz).

When the radio is repaired at Bezanson (Lunenburg – VE1LUN), then the it will also have second  link  to Cowie Hill VE1NSD Node stack Halifax via wire-link (Bezanson VE1TPB-4) and UHF back bone RF paths, Halifax, Dartmouth, Gore & Kirkhill).

 

73, Lorne

VE1BXK

From Mike VE1MWJ Jun. 28th, 2017

Telephone Service Disruption
2017-06-27

The following is a brief on the events relating to the loss of telephone service to Cumberland County Region on Tuesday the 27th day of June, 2017.  The region experienced several hours without phone service affecting 2936 customers of Bell Aliant.  From near 1530 to 1926 hrs.

During the late afternoon of June 27th, the phone service to a number of prefixes in the Cumberland region went down due to an electronic card at the Amherst office that impacted a number of switching units in the area.  The prifixes affected were, 667, 546, 545, 686, and 251.  These prefixes served the following areas, Tidnish, Amherst Shore, Shinimicas, Amherst Head, Truemanville, East Amherst, The Town of Amherst, Amherst Point, Nappan, Maccan, River Hebert, Joggins, Southampton, Collingwood, and Brookdale.

This affected land lines for Aliant only.  Cell phones were still usable as well as those linesserved by other providers like Eastlink, even though the prefix was the same.

The Town of Amherst had sent out a PSA advising of the problem and provided cell phone numbers for the Amherst Police and Fire.

Once the extent of the affected area and residents was known the Emergency Telecommunication plan was put in place and calls were made to Cumberland County Fire Departments and the Amateur Radio Service to mitigate the consequences of the outage.  The plan called for a member of the Fire Department to staff their department and use the TMR system to communicate to all other Emergency Response Agencies through Mutual Aid.
 
The WestCumb Amateur Radio Club in Amherst responded and was preparing to back fill the fireman at various departments across the County.  This was being done to relieve the fire service member so he/she would be available to respond in the event of a fire call.

Public Service Announcements were being prepared to advise the resident of Cumberland Region to attend their local Fire Departments where any calls for assistance could be taken and relayed to the appropriate emergency service.  Cell phone numbers were also being reiterated for Amherst Dispatch of Fire and Police.

Valley Dispatch was contacted and the requested to contact the affected Fire personnel and have them attend their offices.

Shubie Radio was contacted and Mutual Aid 2 talk group was established to provide communication to all emergency service in the Cumberland Region.

In response, Collingwood, Joggins, River Hebert, Shinimicas, Southampton, Tidnish Fire Departments, Amherst Town Police, Amherst Fire Servcie, EHS dispatch and Valley Dispatch were all monitoring Mutual Aid 2 and checked in with EMO Cumberland.

The Joggins Fire Department advised at 1828 hours that their phone was working.  Further checks at 1917 hrs. determined that all Fire Departments had their phones working.  The latest update from Aliant was that the technicians were still working on the problem.  Consequently all plans to have Amateur Radio operators attend the Fire Departments was put on hold.

Aliant Corporate Emergency Planning called at 1926 hrs. and advised that their tech’s had restored the service.  In response Amateur Radio was stood down.  All fire department personnel were advised of the update and thanked for their assistance.  All monitoring agencies left the Mutual Aid Talk group and Shubie was advised the talk group was no longer needed.

Your support and the support of the amateur community was very helpful.  This is the first time we put into practice what we theorized for the backup communications plan.  I am pleased with how it went but will have a quick hot wash to discuss any pitfalls experienced.
 
On behalf of REMO I would like to thank all who participated in the event.   This is exactly what I anticipate will become more and more common as we rely more on our infrastructure that is getting old.

Mike Johnson VE1MWJ REMO Cumberland

From Dave VE1HUL Jun.22nd, 2017

The Truro Amateur Radio Club's Newbie Round Table Net will be off the air for the summer but will return on October 22nd, 2017.

Thanks to everyone who has taken part and made this net a success and hope to hear you in the fall.

From Jim VE1JBL May 18th, 2017

Jason LaPierre VE6TMR has informed me that the Red Cross Net is going on hiatus for the summer but will return in the fall.
Red Cross Atlantic ham radio stations are reminded they are always welcomed and encouraged to activate during Exercise Handshake.
A
s I receive information from Jason on the net I will post it here.

From Dave VE1GM Mar.1st

Results of the 2017 Atlantic White Cane Contest:

First Place White Caner, Normand Richard VY2NR

First Place Non-White Caner, Charlotte Ward VE1XYL

The Yarmouth ARC congratulates the winners and thanks all others who participated.  Certificates are in the mail.

Dave Vail, VE1GM

From Jim VE1JBL Feb.20th

NOTICE:  As of today I have a new mailing address

Jim Langille VE1JBL

473 Green Road

Tidnish Bridge NS B4H3X9

From Lorne VE1BXK Feb.11th:


Today Kevin VE1KEV, Lorne VE1BXK and Mike VE1XDT arrive on site for the installation of a internet router provided by Mike VE1XDT. Lorne VE1BXK with his Notebook computer configured the router with ISP (internet Service Provider) IP parameters and security information for remote configuration. Once this was completed, the router parameters were saved on file.


The router was then installed on top of the XPR84000 VHF (DMR) repeater and interfaced from the router to the ETHERNET port on the XPR8400 repeater.


"ON AIR" tests was verified by Kevin and Mike's DMR hand held's right at the
site with final confirmation from Ron VE1AIC from Web Site

http://www.ve2tax.com/RepeaterDetails.aspx?id=302101

See all photos taken by Lorne VE1BXK. CLICK HERE

73,
Lorne


From Ron VY2HR Jan.14th


 From Alberton to Summerside to Kensington and Clinton, Island Radio Amateurs took to the airwaves to tell the world of Canada’s World War I victory at the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
Starting on New Year’s Day and for the next six days, six operators at two different locations made contact with more than 2400 Amateur Radio stations raising world-wide awareness of Vimy.



VE100VIMY/VY2, the call sign used by the Islanders, was issued specially for the occasion by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. The call sign was issued to the Vimy Commemorative Station Society based in Richmond, BC. The Society was formed in 2012 and with the cooperation of the Amateur’s national organization, Radio Amateurs of Canada, organized operations in all thirteen of Canada’s Amateur Radio call sign areas. Each call sign area activates VE100VIMY for a week from January to March. The culmination of the Society’s Vimy initiative will be round the clock operation from April 1 to 9, by an international group of Amateurs at the Battle site at Vimy, France. More information may be found on the Society’s website at www.ve100vimy.ca   


The Island Amateur Radio operators were: Bill Glydon, VY2LI in Alberton; Doug Silliker VY2DS in Summerside; Pictured above Ron Huybers, VY2HR; and Shirley Huybers, VY2SKH in Kensington and Ken McCormick, VY2RU and Ella McCormick, VE1PEI in Clinton.
 

Canadians are celebrating Canada’s sesquicentennial this year, 150 proud years as a nation. The Battle of Vimy Ridge is seen as an important step in the development of Canada’s nationhood. Canada’s Radio Amateurs are justly proud in leading in Canada’s commemoration of the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Lest we forget!


See story on the CBC News PEI website. CLICK HERE


The Hon. Peter MacKay in a article in the Toronto Sun on Sept 25, 2016 challenged Canadians to remember to commemorate the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in this the sesquicentennial of Canada’s confederation.

Island Radio Amateurs were the first Canadians to act on the Hon. Mr. MacKay’s challenge! I hope you will share with your readers the attached release and picture so they too can share in the commemoration.


Contact:

Hugh McCully, VE3AYR

Publicity Director

Vimy Commemorative Station Society

941-342-0131/905-333-0826

ve3ayr@gmail.com

610 Barons Court

Burlington, ON L7R 4E4


From Jim VE1JBL Jan. 4th

Just a note to let everyone know Dennis d'Entremont VE1XT has recently become the Nova Scotia Administrator for RepeaterBook.com

Dennis can be reached at ve1xt@repeaterbook.com if anyone wants to email him directly about RepeaterBook or anything else.

RepeaterBook is also looking for administrators for New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. The Newfoundland & Labrador administrator is Matthew Gillie VO1EI.


RIC-3, Information on the Amateur Radio Service 

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), formerly Industry Canada, has issued a revised version of RIC-3, Information on the Amateur Radio Service. It replaces RIC-3 Version 3 that was released in July 2005. Radio Amateurs of Canada welcomes the change as it addresses several long-standing issues pointed out by RAC in the past where the document required updating to address changes in technologies and practices, notably the decision by many administrations to remove the requirement for Morse code qualification for new Radio Amateurs. The new version of RIC-3 can be found online at: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf01008.html

The new document contains several editorial changes (such as the change in the name of the Department) and clarifications regarding the operating privileges granted to holders of the Basic qualifications. Over recent years there have been questions about which qualification is required by Canadian Radio Amateurs to modify a commercial transceiver to operate on Amateur bands. Those with Advanced certification could certainly make any sort of modification as they are allowed to design and build transmitters. The new RIC-3 makes it clear that the privileges of those holding Basic certifications includes:

"re-programming of radio equipment to operate in the Amateur Bands if this can be done by a computer program. Note: No physical modifications to the circuitry of the radio are permitted."

RAC had urged that the limitation of the restriction of remote control of Amateur Radio stations to those with Advanced qualification be relaxed as changes in transceiver design have made remote control over the Internet much simpler than in the past and so the higher technical qualification of Advanced was not essential. We believe that those with Basic should have this privilege but ISED has not yet agreed. Dealing with regulations and their interpretation is an ongoing activity where several rounds of discussion are often required to achieve results. 

The document also drops the outdated requirement for visiting American Radio Amateurs to have demonstrated CW proficiency to be able to operate HF phone in Canada. The World Radiocommunication Conference of 2003 agreed that CW need not be required for Amateur Radio licensing and the USA dropped the CW requirement for Amateur Radio licences in 2007 after the previous RIC-3 was published. 

The major change to the document relates to reciprocal operating privileges, in particular those provided in a European intergovernmental agreement developed through a European telecommunications committee (referred to by its French acronym CEPT) that has grown to include several non-European countries.

Canada is a signatory to the CEPT T/R 61-01 reciprocal operating agreement, under which Canadian Amateurs who have a CEPT permit issued in Canada may operate in European countries during temporary visits. This agreement has undergone various revisions over the years notably to acknowledge the removal of CW qualification as a requirement for Amateur Radio authorization in many countries, and after negotiations between ISED and CEPT, the rules for Canadian participation have been updated to follow suit. There have been two major changes as a result: (1) There will no longer be two classes of CEPT permit depending on the holding of a Morse code qualification. Although Morse code is no longer a requirement for the CEPT permit, any such qualifications will still be noted on the permit for use in countries that still require Morse code for access to HF; (2) After conducting a comparison study of the syllabus for Canadian and CEPT examinations, CEPT has determined that only Canadian Amateurs who hold an Advanced qualification will be eligible for reciprocal operating privileges under CEPT T/R 61-01. Therefore, effective immediately, and as described in RIC-3, CEPT permits will only be issued to Amateurs with an Advanced qualification. Canadian Amateurs who have the requisite qualifications may submit requests for CEPT permits to RAC as described at: http://wp.rac.ca/study-guides-2/regulatory-info/cept-permits/

Canada is a party to another intergovernmental agreement, the Inter-American Convention on an International Amateur Radio Permitthat provides reciprocal operating privileges to Radio Amateurs of one country that signs on to this agreement when they visit other countries that have also joined the agreement. At the meeting of national Amateur Radio organizations in Chile in October, Radio Amateurs of Canada and other similar organizations in our hemisphere agreed to encourage their governments to update this agreement. At last week's meeting of the Canadian Amateur Radio Advisory Board (CARAB), RAC was told that at a recent meeting of representatives of governments of the Americas, the Inter-American Telecommunication Commission (CITEL), delegates agreed to update the agreement. We expect this will be done in the summer of 2017. 

Any questions regarding these changes may be directed to Richard Ferch, VE3IAY/VE3KI, RAC Regulatory Affairs Officer at regulatory@rac.ca.

Richard Ferch, VE3IAY/VE3KI
RAC Regulatory Affairs Officer