September 10th 2014
Radio Amateurs of Canada proposal on international 60M allocation accepted by Industry Canada
Radio Amateurs of Canada is pleased to pass on the news that the CPC (the IC consultative committee that IC uses to determine its position on WRC matters) has accepted the RAC proposal on WRC 15 Agenda Item 1.4 (to establish a 60m allocation for amateurs on secondary basis). This proposal will be tabled at the CITEL (ITU R2 countries minus Cuba) meetings in Merida, Mexico next month to be considered as the CITEL position going in to WRC15. In short it proposes two 25 KHz band segments for amateurs: 5 330 - 5 355 kHz and 5 405 - 5 430 kHz. Amateur access would be on a non-interfering, listen before transmit (secondary) basis, a standard operating approach already in force for several other amateur allocations (e.g. 440MHz).
This is only possible because of the last two plus years of work by Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN, the RAC representative on these domestic committees and as a Canadian and IARU delegate at ITU meetings. His role and the hours of work (essentially an unpaid job) attending many, many formal and informal meetings with our regulator and with interested parties in Canada and internationally are a key factor in gaining formal Canadian government support. We are very fortunate to have his talents and willingness to sacrifice his on-the-air time for all of us. I’d also wish to acknowledge the strong support of of Industry Canada at these Working Parties, other committees and at the ITU preparatory meetings.
Although this is very good news, the process is still ongoing. The decision will be made next year at WRC15. However, presenting a firm proposal from Canada with specific frequencies for support by the ITU R2 countries at CITEL is a giant step toward a favourable outcome at WRC15.
George Gorsline VE3YV
International Affairs Officer
Radio Amateurs of/du Canada