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Update December 16: Call Sign Survey Results and Data now available
Dave Goodwin, VE3KG
RAC Regulatory Affairs Officer
Dave Goodwin, VE3KG
Welcome to the RAC Regulatory/Advocacy webpage. 

Dave Goodwin, VE3KG
RAC Regulatory Affairs Officer

As RAC’s Regulatory Affairs Officer I am pleased to work with the dedicated volunteers of RAC’s Regulatory Team: Dave Goodwin, VE3KG, Paul Coverdale, VE3ICV, Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN, Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA, Richard Ferch, VE3KI and Serge Bertuzzo, VA3SB.

In August and September 2022, Radio Amateurs of Canada conducted an online survey open to all Canadian Radio Amateurs. The survey focused on the policy related to call signs, but also covered some other matters.  Over 2,300 people participated from every province and territory of Canada.

The raw data from the survey has been compiled and is now available from the links provided below. Dr Frank Howell, K4FMH, volunteered his skills in survey methods and analysis to produce a report organizing your responses. Frank’s analysis is also available as a PDF document.

The RAC Executive and Board will work together to produce a series of recommendations for changes and updates to the call sign policy based on your input. Once approved by the RAC Board, we will present our recommendations to our regulator – Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) – at the next meeting of the Canadian Amateur Radio Advisory Board (CARAB) sometime in 2023. ISED will then decide which recommendations to implement and when to do so.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact RAC Regulatory Affairs Officer Dave Goodwin, VE3KG, at  and also the RAC Director for your region.

Raw Data as Excel spreadsheets:

Review of Results from RAC Call Sign Survey 2022 – “Policy Issues Relating to Amateur Radio Call Signs in Canada” by Dr Frank Howell, K4FMH:

 

Biography

Dave Goodwin, VE3KG
RAC Regulatory Affairs Officer

I have been an Amateur since 1975 and I am an active HF Contester and DXer and my DXpedition to Point Amour Lighthouse was featured on the front cover of the November-December 2020 issue of The Canadian Amateur.

I have also volunteered at the national level and have served as the RAC President, the RAC Director for the Atlantic Region, RAC Member Services Officer and currently as the Regulatory Affairs Officer.

I have taught Basic and Advanced certification courses with the Fredericton (NB) Amateur Radio Club before moving to Ontario and continue to teach the RAC Advanced course for Maple Leaf Operators (present and future) since the pandemic began in 2020.

As RAC Member Services Officer, I launched the new Canadian Portable Operations Challenge Award for RAC members which  began on Canada Day, July 1, 2021. The “RAC Challenge” recognizes all portable operations in which RAC members participate and has similar features as a contest.

In the “Regulatory Roundup” column in each issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine, I will provide an overview of our regulatory priorities  and also discuss some topics of interest.

Note: the Regulatory Roundup column is available here.

In September 2021, the RAC Regulatory Team, held a presentation called RAC and our Regulator – Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada”, by Richard Ferch, VE3KI, Paul Coverdale, VE3ICV and Bryan Rawlings, VE3QN.

You can view it on the RAC YouTube Channel.