The following arrived in my email inbox this morning….
Glad to see that Industry Canada took quick action….
Thank you for your query regarding the reported use of frequencies within the 2 Metre Amateur Radio frequency band during the recent Championship Competition held by the Paragliding Association of Canada in Pemberton, British Columbia.
Our British Columbia office has advised the event Communications Director, of the National Paragliding Championship held in Pemberton BC, that the use of Amateur Radio Frequencies by persons not in possession of a valid Amateur Radio Operator’s Certificate is not permitted.
The Department has been assured that all participants who used Amateur Radio frequencies during the recent competition were advised they must be certified Amateur Radio operators and that a notice has now been added to the event website that the use of Amateur Radio frequencies is restricted to those holding an Amateur Radio Operator’s Certificate.
The event organizers have also been advised of a VHF Radio frequency within the Aeronautical Radio frequency band, that has been allocated for the use of Paragliders on a Canada-Wide basis.
I trust that this has provided an answer to your query.
So… This time we win…. Next time we might not… There might be some sort of moral here about “using it or losing it…” and I am as guilty as the next person on this one. I tend to ignore the bands above 30 mhz normally only getting on 6m when there is a DXPedition or a Contest on and not really using 2m FM and 70cm FM unless I am looking for someone I know is on a certain repeater…
Hope we get to keep what we have… and for this to happen we need a strong voice… RAC’s voice is getting tired but its the only voice we have…. This time it was loud enough but …Lets hope that the voice gets stronger…
Without a strong voice we won’t get heard…