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Date: Sun, 06 Jul 2003 17:37:17 -0600 RAC Bulletin 03-017E - WRC-2003 Drops Morse Requirement The World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-2003) held in Geneva, Switzerland, 9 June to 4 July, 2003, has dropped the Morse code examination requirement for radio amateurs. In the face of pressure by some administrations to retain Morse testing, the conference decided to keep Morse as a recommended amateur qualification, but that it would be up to individual administrations whether or not they retain a Morse examination requirement. The dropping of Morse testing was one of a number of changes to Article 25 of the Radio Regulations that will take effect on Saturday, 5 July. This change does not mean that Industry Canada will automatically or immediately drop Morse testing. Industry Canada will likely want to determine the wishes of Canadian radio amateurs and will have to determine what Canadian regulatory changes, if any, first will be necessary. Radio Amateurs of Canada has already commenced discussions with Industry Canada on the future of Morse testing in the meetings of the Canadian Amateur Radio Advisory Board (CARAB). RAC Vice-president Regulatory Affairs, Jim Dean, VE3IQ, the amateur radio member on the Canadian delegation, participated in the review of the radio regulations pertaining to the Amateur Service.