From: RAC Headquarters
Date: August 14, 2000
Subject: RAC Asks Industry Canada To Discontinue The 12 W.P.M. Morse
During the past year, RAC has consulted with the Canadian
Amateur community in various ways including web site surveys,
message boards, analysis of e-mail and postal correspondence,
letters to the editor of The Canadian Amateur magazine and
as well as on-the-air discussions and fora.
The RAC Board of Directors has concluded that a majority of
Canadian Amateurs are supportive of dropping the 12 W.P.M.
Morse test although many are against such a change.
In a recent letter to Industry Canada, RAC President Kenneth
Oelke, VE6AFO recommended that full HF operating privileges
be granted to amateurs who have passed a 5 W.P.M. Morse test.
At the same time, Mr Oelke requested that the department
consider the augmentation of written tests to strengthen and
expand the requirements for operator knowledge and skills in
the areas of station set up and operation, on-air procedures
and operating practices, and to include more questions on
modern modes of communication employed by Radio Amateurs.
This proposal would give Canadian radio amateurs operating
privileges similar to those currently accorded to United
States amateurs who successfully pass a 5 W.P.M Morse test.
Industry Canada is aware that a review of the international
regulations governing the Amateur Services will take place at
the next World Radio Conference currently scheduled for 2003.
One aspect of such a review would be the testing requirements
for access to frequencies below 30 MHz. The proposed review
is supported by the International Amateur Radio Union, which
has consulted with its member organizations in over 180
countries during the past four years.
Independent of the review of the International Regulations,
many countries including The United Kingdom, Australia, South
Africa, and many European countries are either considering or
have already decided to decrease their Morse testing
requirements. A decision by Canada to drop the 12 W.P.M. test
would be in harmony with what is happening in other parts of
the world and would simplify the negotiation and
implementation of reciprocal operating agreements.
From: RAC Headquarters
Date: July 28, 2000
Subject: TCA circuit diagram correction
Bob, VE7BS, reports that several readers of TCA have
commented on the diagram of the diode matching unit shown in
the QUA column of the current TCA. The diagram is wrong. Both
resistors are 3k9 (3.9k in our language) and the polarity of
the diodes should be reversed. A correction will be shown in
the next issue.