After last weeks announcement and subsequent RAC Bulletin on the topic I sent an email out to Industry Canada asking them for the correct information on the topic.
Today in my inbox came the following:
Good afternoon Mr. Sharp:
Thank you for your query regarding the licensing of Developmental Radio Stations utilizing frequencies within the 60 metre radio frequency band in Canada.
In the near future Industry Canada will be publishing a consultation paper on the opening of the 60 metre band for use by the Canadian Amateur Radio Service.
Favourable responses to the consultation would allow radio amateurs access to 5 specific frequencies within the band with specific emissions designators and power levels on a secondary, no protection, non-interference basis. This would be in line with what US amateurs currently have access to.
At this time, the Department is accepting applications for the use of these frequencies under the authority of a Developmental Radio Licence. Applicants are required to submit an application and to pay licensing fees in accordance with the Radiocommunication Regulations.
An Amateur Radio Operator holding the Basic + (with Honours) or the Advanced Certificate will be eligible for licensing on these frequencies.
Application may be made by means of the Industry Canada form, IC-2365, (Application for Licence to Install and Operate a Radio Station in Canada) accompanied by form IC-2430, (Radiocommunication and Broadcasting Antenna Systems Attestation) available at our website at, http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/h_sf01700.html#radiocom
The application must include, the NAD 83 Coordinates and the street address of the proposed station. The current licensing fee for the month of April is $52.80. (This fee is pro-rated based on the month that the station is authorized within a given year.) Immediate payment may be made by telephone by means of VISA or MASTERCARD.
Authority will be on a non-interference and no-protection basis and shall not cause interference to the fixed and mobile operations domestically or of other administrations and if such interference occurs, the operator may be required to cease operations.
The developmental authority will be restricted to the use of 5 specific frequencies with no antenna or height restrictions.
The operating frequencies will be: 5.332 5.348 5.3585 5.373 5.405 (MHz)
Authority will be subject to the following conditions:
- Transmissions must not exceed an effective radiated power of 100 Watts (PEP)
- Transmissions shall be restricted to the following emission modes and designations: 2K80JE3, 2K80J2D, 60H0J2B and 150HA1A
- Transmissions shall not occupy more than 2.8 kHz (centered on each frequency)
- Operators shall not cause interference to fixed and mobile operations domestically or of other administrations
(if such interference occurs, the operator may be required to cease operations.)
- Operators may not claim protection from interference by fixed and mobile operations domestically or of other administrations
- The authority may be withdrawn at any time by the Department
Applications may be submitted to your local district office which is at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amateur Radio Service Centre | Centre de service pour la radio amateur Spectrum Management Operations Branch | Direction général des opérations de la gestion du spectre Industry Canada | Industrie Canada
So there you have it…. Quick and easy and to the point… Spelled out so easily that even I understand it…
If you want the operating privs and you meet the requirement (current Canadian HF Privs) then you can apply for the Developmental License to operate on 60m. Eventually we all will be allowed there but if you want to get a head start you know what to do…
In my case my FT450 and FT897 need to get the frequencies programmed in as their 60m freqs are from before the USA changed the allotment. I understand there is a fix coming soon from Yaesu. My FT817 was the orignal version and does not come with 60m other than the Alaska Emergency Frequency so I don’t see any 60m portable work happening till I get a new radio. However with everyone flogging their portable rigs to get the $$$ for a KX3 perhaps it might be sooner than later for me…