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2003-07-16

Date: Wed, 16 Jul 2003 09:37:21 -0600 RAC Bulletin 03-018E - Morse Requirement Remains in Canada Pending Review of WRC Decisions In the wake of the decisions regarding Morse qualifications made at the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC)-2003, Industry Canada's Amateur Radio Service Centre and RAC have received numerous queries about the status of Morse examinations in Canada and the qualifications required for HF operation. Canadian radio amateurs are advised that Basic and Morse Qualifications are still required for operation below 30 MHz and that this requirement will remain pending a review by Industry Canada of the impact of the WRC-2003 regulatory changes on the Canadian radio regulations, policies and procedures. While the new international regulations, which dropped Morse from the Treaty requirements and left a Morse qualification to the discretion of administrations, became effective 5 July, 2003, each administration (country) still must individually decide whether it will retain a Morse qualification requirement. Canada must now decide what it will do. RAC will be working with Industry Canada on the review of the impact of the new international regulations and will keep Canadian amateurs informed through Bulletins, the RAC web site and "The Canadian Amateur". Amateurs should send their comments and views on Morse retention or deletion to their RAC regional Director.