Click to Read Links Below:
Industry Canada Web Sites
Amateur Radio Courses
Internet Basic & Advanced Self Study Courses
Study Guide & Question Banks
Canadian Callsign Information
Suggested Ways to Get Started
- Visit a local amateur radio club and talk to friendly hams
- Visit an amateur radio station
- Visit local amateur radio dealers and browse through radio catalogues
- Inquire about local amateur radio courses
- Search for amateur radio books in local library
Visit the Following Websites
Industry Canada Introduces Alternatives to Morse Requirement for HF!
For details, click here to read Canada Gazette Notice DGRB-003-05
"Morse code will no longer be the sole additional requirement by which Canadian radio amateurs will gain access to the HF bands, but it will remain as one valid criterion."
Obtaining Amateur Radio Operator Certificate
There is only one certificate, but there are three quite distinct qualification levels that one can earn, with privileges accorded to each. These are:
Advanced Qualification - Enables an amateur to design and construct equipment, supervise club station operations and repeater station installations. An amateur who has a Certificate with Basic and Advanced Qualifications has access to the HF bands and is limited to a maximum transmitting power of 1000W direct current input power.
Morse Code Qualification - Morse code will no longer be the sole additional requirement by which Canadian radio amateurs will gain access to the HF bands, but it will remain as one valid criterion.
- Basic Qualification - Effective as of July 30th, 2005, the pass mark for the Basic Qualification Exam is now 70% instead of 60%. This allows an operator access to bands above 30MHz. A mark of 80% or above will allow access to the HF bands below 30MHz, not exceeding direct current input power of 250W.
"Grandfathering" Criteria - For details on the new criteria to operate on the HF bands, click here on Canada Gazette Notice DGRB-003-05
All licensed amateurs and persons interested in becoming an amateur radio operator should visit the web site links listed above to read in detail the revised Canada Radiocommunication Act which is effective immediately as of July 30, 2005.
Amateur Radio Courses
Visit RAC link: Amateur Radio Clubs in Canada at http://www.rac.ca/clubs.htm to find out if there are any local amateur radio clubs near you . Then, contact them to see if they offer any courses.
Partial List of Amateur Radio Clubs Offering Courses
If there are no courses in your area, you may choose to purchase a study guide and study alone, take self study internet courses and/or find an Elmer (mentor) to help you. When you are ready to be examined, you may either seek out a delegated examiner affiliated with an amateur radio club, technical school, the Amateur Radio Service Centre or contact a radio inspector at the closest district office of Industry Canada.
Internet Basic and Advanced Self Study Courses
For more information visit website http://www.hamstudy.com. HAMSTUDY.COM was designed by Frank VanderZande VE7AV who has been an amateur radio course instructor for several decades and worked 36 years for the federal govenment in communication and spectrum management.
Any questions email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Some Suggested Amateur Radio Books and Magazines
- RAC Operating Manual
- The ARRL Handbook for Radio Amateurs
- The ARRL Antenna Book
- The Canadian Amateur Magazine
- CQ Magazine
- QST Magazine
Study Guides and Question Banks
- RAC Study Guide for the Basic Qualification
- Industry Canada Question Bank for the Amateur Radio Basic Qualification
- RAC Study Guide for the Advanced Qualification
- Industry Canada Question Bank for the Amateur Radio Advanced Qualification
Industry Canada's New Learning Aid - Amateur Software Exam Generator
- Com-West Radio Systems Ltd.
8171 Main St.
- Buraby Radio Communications Ltd.
4257 Hastings St.
- Radio Amateurs of Canada
720 Belfast Road, Suite 217
New Question Banks
New Basic and Advanced examinations were implemented July 1, 2000. These question banks are available for downloading from the Industry Canada web sites below. Use newest
version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to open following links.
- RIC-7- Basic Qualification Question Bank for Amateur Radio Operator Certificate Examinations
RIC-8- Advanced Qualification Question Bank for Amateur Radio Operator Certificate
Amateur Certification - Fact Sheet
This amateur radio service web page will provide information on how you can obtain an Amateur Radio Operator Certificate and a Call Sign.
When you qualify for an Amateur Radio Licence, you apply for a callsign which is used to identify your station. Callsigns in Canada usually have a prefix consisting of two letters followed by a number, followed by a two or three letter suffix. This map shows the normal callsign prefixes for different regions of Canada.
For additional information, please contact the following:
- Industry Canada
Spectrum Management - Radio
Licensing & Investigation,
13401 - 108th Ave.
Phone: (604) 666-5468 or 1-800-667-3780
Amateur Radio Service Centre
P.O. Box 9654
Postal Station "T"
E-mail address: Spectrum.email@example.com
Telephone: 1-888-780-3333 (Toll free)
Fax number: 1-613-991-5575
Congratulations you now have a callsign and can operate!
Support your local Amateur Radio Club and join
Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC).