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  • Visit a local amateur radio club and talk to friendly hams
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  • Inquire about local amateur radio courses
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 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."


There is only one certificate, but there are three quite distinct qualification levels that one can earn, with privileges accorded to each. These are:

  • 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.

  • 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.

"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.


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.


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.


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: [email protected]

  • RAC Operating Manual
  • The ARRL Handbook for Radio Amateurs
  • The ARRL Antenna Book
  • The Canadian Amateur Magazine
  • CQ Magazine
  • QST Magazine

  • 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

  • Com-West Radio Systems Ltd.
    8171 Main St.
    Vancouver, B.C.
    (604) 321-3200

  • Buraby Radio Communications Ltd.
    4257 Hastings St.
    Burnaby, B.C.
    (604) 298-5444

  • Radio Amateurs of Canada
    720 Belfast Road, Suite 217
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1G 0Z5
    Email: [email protected]


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.


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.

  • Industry Canada
    Spectrum Management - Radio
    Licensing & Investigation,
    17th Floor
    13401 - 108th Ave.
    Surrey, B.C.,
    V3T 5V6

    Phone: (604) 666-5468 or 1-800-667-3780

  • Industry Canada
    Amateur Radio Service Centre
    P.O. Box 9654
    Postal Station "T"
    Ottawa, ON
    K1G 6K9

    E-mail address:  [email protected]
    Telephone:  1-888-780-3333 (Toll free)
    Fax number:  1-613-991-5575


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