As of May 12th, Industry Canada has begun the consultation process to see final approval for the use of six channels on the 60 metre band.
As part of the consultation, Industry Canada is seeking input on five items. Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) feels it is important for amateur radio operators to comment on this proposal and indicate their preference for the rules governing the frequencies going forward.
The five items are explained below.
Item One: Should Industry Canada allow amateur radio operators the use of five frequencies that are harmonized with the US on a no-protection, no-interference basis? These channels are 5332kHz, 5348kHz, 5358.5kHz, 5373kHz, 5405kHz. Transmissions would be limited to a 2.8Khz bandwidth centered on these frequencies.
- The obvious answer to Item One is that as amateur radio operators, these additional frequencies are needed for additional emergency communication capacity and having harmonization on frequency with the US will allow for cross border operation.
Item Two: Should Industry Canada harmonize the emission modes and designators on these five channels? In the US they are limited to telephony, data, RTTY and CW.
- In Item Two, IC asks if the operating modes should be the same as the US on the five harmonized channels. It was assumed prior to consultation that this was not optional but in the consultation, it appears that input will be taken on this item. However in the proposed revisions to RBR-4, these designators are in place. Unless reason is shown to not harmonize this item, it will likely be implemented.
Item Three: Should Industry Canada specify a maximum radiated power of 100 watts peak envelope power?
-Again, in Item Three, IC asks if there should be harmonization on the output power on the five channels. In the US, the FCC has limited transmit power to 100 watts. In the proposed revisions to RBR-4, these designators are in place. Unless reason is shown to not harmonize this item, it will likely be implemented.
Item Four: Should Industry Canada allow Canadian amateurs access to the 5329kHz channel? Transmissions would be restricted to 2.8 kHz centered on this frequency.
In Item Four, IC asks if they should allow a sixth, Canadian only channel. Originally, RAC had requested two Canadian only channels but one was found to be un-useable. RAC recommends Canadian Amateurs support the allotment of a sixth channel.
Item Five: Should Industry Canada specify emission designators and peak power for this sixth channel? If so, what would those be?
-Given that the channel referred to in Item Five is domestic only there is little need to harmonize emission types with the US. RAC recommends that as few limits as possible be placed upon the sixth channel to encourage development of domestic communications on this channel.
Those wishing to provide their comments to Industry Canada are asked to do so in the following ways:
In electronic format (WordPerfect, MS Word or PDF) sent to email@example.com . RAC requests a copy of your comments also be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we may track response from amateur radio operators.
In written format by mail to Manager, Mobile Systems, Industry Canada, 300 Slater Street, 19th Floor, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0C8. RAC requests that if possible, a copy of written comments be faxed to RAC at 866-660-1187 so that we may track response from amateur radio operators. Please note that Industry Canada will not accept comments by fax.
Comments on these items must be received prior to June 12th.
All comments will be posted publicly on the Industry Canada website after the consultation process closes.
The Radio Amateurs of Canada has been working to obtain permanent authorization for Canadian Amateurs on the 60 metre band since 2010. This consultation process represents one of the last steps in that work. Development Licenses continue to be available for those operators who wish to have temporary use of the five frequencies identified in Item One. There is a small cost for the development license. If you wish to obtain a temporary development license, please contact your local District Office of Industry Canada.
We thank Industry Canada and all respondents for their continued work to see the completion of the process to obtain permanent authorization. If you require help sending comments to Industry Canada or have additional questions for RAC on this or any other regulatory matter, please email email@example.com
Bill Gade, VE4WO
Regulatory Affairs Officer
Radio Amateurs of Canada