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.