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2000-05-18

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, Quebec Region. 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 Industry Canada. - 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 point.