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Date: Sun, 06 Jul 2003 17:03:04 -0600 RAC Bulletin 03-015E - WRC-2003 Revises Call Sign Formation At World Radiocommunication Conference 2003 held in Geneva, Switzerland, 9 June to 4 July, 2003, two principal revisions were made to the ITU Radio Regulations concerning the formation of call signs in the Amateur Services. The prohibition against prefixes of amateur station call signs commencing with a digit when the second character is the letter O or the letter I, has been removed. This has little direct impact for Canadian amateurs but will provide additional prefix options and greater flexibility for administrations assigned prefixes beginning with a digit followed by a letter. Thus 7O7 is now a legitimate amateur radio prefix. Of more direct interest to Canadian amateurs is the fact that, provided Industry Canada approves, call signs may now be formed with a group of four characters (suffix), of which the last must be a letter, following the national identifier. Thus call signs such as VE5RCMP, VE3IARU, VE3P27U and VE200AA now will be permitted. RAC\'s Vice-president Regulatory Affairs, Jim Dean, VE3IQ, participated in the WRC-2003 review. RAC will work with Industry Canada on the necessary amendments to the Department\'s amateur radio call sign policy.