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Call Sign Policy

Industry Canada policy and procedures for assigning:

  1. Two and three letter call signs and for;
  2. Special event prefixes and call signs

is set out in Radio Information Circular (RIC) 9.

For information on requesting a special event prefix or call sign, amateurs should contact:

Industry Canada
Amateur Radio Service Centre
P.O. Box 9654
Postal Station "T"
Ottawa, ON
K1G 6K9

Telephone: 1-888-780-3333 (Toll free)
Fax Number:  1-613-991-5575

Note: for the purposes of Category IV in Section 2.2 of Industry Canada's RIC-9 policy document, the following contests qualify as Category IV Special Events (as recommended by the RAC Board of Directors in March 2007):

  • ARRL International DX Contests, CW and Phone (two-phase event)
  • CQ WPX RTTY Contest
  • CQ WPX SSB and CW Contests (two-phase event)
  • RAC Canada Day Contest
  • IARU HF Championship
  • RSGB Islands on the Air (IOTA) Contest
  • CQ WW RTTY Contest
  • CQ WW SSB and CW Contests (two-phase event)
  • RAC Canada Winter Contest