From: RAC Headquarters
Date: May 18, 2000
Subject: Semi Annual CARAB meeting in Ottawa.
On April 27, 2000, RAC President Ken Oelke, VE6AFO Co-Chaired
the 14th Meeting of CARAB. In attendance were First Vice
President Ralph Webb, VE7OM, Vice President of Government and
International Affairs Ken Pulfer, VE3PU, Atlantic Director
William Gillis, VE1WG, Quebec Director Daniel Lamoureux,
VE2KA and Jim Dean, VE3IQ. Officials in attendance from
Industry Canada were Darius Breau, Manager, Operational
Policies, Radiocommunications and Broadcasting Regulatory
Branch, Tom Jones, Chief, Authorization and Harold
Carmichael, Program Manager, Certificates and Examinations,
The following were hightlights of the meeting.
- Industry Canada is to provide an information document
outlining the process for Morse code testing in order that
physicians can have a better understanding of what may
constitute a disability.
- Industry Canada has asked RAC to prepare a formal proposal,
regarding reduction of Morse code speed from 12 wpm to 5 wpm,
for the Department's consideration.
- Industry Canada gave an update regarding antenna support
structure issues and suggested that RAC continue to liaise
with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
- The 220-222 MHz sharing agreemnet with the USA is now
signed. A paper interpreting the agreement has been prepared
by Graham Ide, VE3BYT, Chair of the RAC VHF/UHF Band Planning
Committee, and has been posted to the RAC Web Site.
- RAC's request for a primary allocation on 2.4 GHz and a VLF
allocation on 135.7 to 137.8 kHz, is still under review by
- Although the provisions in Schedule IX of the
Contraventions Act apply, Industry Canada agreed to examine
the Radiocommunication and Contraventions Act Regulations
with a view to clarification of the relevant article relating
to address change for amateur stations. As a consequence of
this review, it will be determined if the inclusion of a
specific contravention will be necessary to address this