I received an email from a good friend today. He had read the previous posting on the 2m intruders and suggests the following:
Today I was sent a link by Bob-VA3QV in Ottawa showing that the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada has been openly promoting the use of a 2m frequency by non-hams (link below).
I have sent the following email to Industry Canada, the Minister for IC (at both his emails), the IARU Region 2 Intruder Watch, RAC, RAC President, and our local MP, asking if the use of the frequency was authorized, and if not, to do something about this state of affairs. There have been too many cases in the last few years of intruders on our frequencies, both UHF and HF.
If we do not start to question these intruders and ask IC why they are allowed to do this with no penalty, pretty soon the need for a ham license will be redundant!
Obviously my lone voice will not do too much so I’m asking you all to take the time and cut and paste the letter into your own email, and send it to the email address I have shown below. Remember, the squeaky wheel gets the oil! Also feel free to send it on to other hams you know around the country and ask them to do the same……the more the merrier!!
This email should be sent to:
Dear Sir or Madam,
I would like to enquire if the Canadian Paragliding National Championships were authorized to us the frequency of 146.415 for their national competition held at Pemberton, BC, from August 5 to 12 2012?
Shown quite openly and clearly on the web site of the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada on the page with the rules of the competition, (http://www.paraglidenationals.com/rules/rules.php), Rule 8.1 states that the: “Safety frequency is 146.415 MHz all pilots must have radios equipped to receive and transmit on this frequency”. Surely they should be using a frequency within the aeronautical band?
As you will know 146.415 is within the allotted spectrum of the Amateur Radio 2m Band and a license issued by Industry Canada is required to transmit on that frequency.
We amateur radio operators are getting very concerned about individuals intruding on the ham bands; it seems to be happening much more often than in the past. We all understand that we are supposed to police our own hobby, but there is only so much we can do before the clout of Industry Canada must step into the picture.
If this use of the amateur radio 2m band was not authorized by Industry Canada, could I please request on behalf of all Canadian amateurs that Industry Canada send a letter to the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada warning them of their illegal promotion and use of the 2m amateur band?
Thanks to Bill VE3CLQ for the idea…. Bill also has a blog that makes for good reading… Check out my blogroll on the right hand side of the page…
Feel free to send out the question….
Hopefully someone should have an answer…
I’ll hold off on the flames till I see the answer… But we deserve an answer to the question.