The RAC Facebook page and now Bob VA3QV’s excellent blog are alerting us to an apparent intrusion into Canadian Amateur Radio frequency space by the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada which seems to be openly promoting the use of 2m frequencies by non-hams.
If true and it appears it is, this is a serious intrusion and a violation of federal law.
So what’s RAC doing about it? Let’s here from you guys now!!
And here’s the danger. If RAC officials don’t act promptly or do act and don’t communicate to the rest of us what they’re doing concerned Hams from across the country are going to be sending protests to IC, their MPs and anybody else they can think of. This might not be the image we want to project on a national basis?
Anyway here’s the link to Bob’s site.
As well Bill VE3CLQ has issued an appeal to hams to contact IC, the minister and a bunch of others. Again I’m not convinced this is the best approach but based on not knowing what, if anything, RAC is going to do I reprint the email here:
Today I was sent a link by Bob-VA3QV in Ottawa showing that the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada has been openly promoting the use of a 2m frequency by non-hams (link below).
I have sent the following email to Industry Canada, the Minister for IC (at both his emails), the IARU Region 2 Intruder Watch, RAC, RAC President, and our local MP, asking if the use of the frequency was authorized, and if not, to do something about this state of affairs. There have been too many cases in the last few years of intruders on our frequencies, both UHF and HF.
If we do not start to question these intruders and ask IC why they are allowed to do this with no penalty, pretty soon the need for a ham license will be redundant!
Obviously my lone voice will not do too much so I’m asking you all to take the time and cut and paste the letter into your own email, and send it to the email address I have shown below. Remember, the squeaky wheel gets the oil! Also feel free to send it on to other hams you know around the country and ask them to do the same……the more the merrier!!
Thanks and 73
This email should be sent to:
Dear Sir or Madam,
I would like to enquire if the Canadian Paragliding National Championships were authorized to us the frequency of 146.415 for their national competition held at Pemberton, BC, from August 5 to 12 2012?
Shown quite openly and clearly on the web site of the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada on the page with the rules of the competition, (http://www.paraglidenationals.com/rules/rules.php), Rule 8.1 states that the: “Safety frequency is 146.415 MHz all pilots must have radios equipped to receive and transmit on this frequency”. Surely they should be using a frequency within the aeronautical band?
As you will know 146.415 is within the allotted spectrum of the Amateur Radio 2m Band and a license issued by Industry Canada is required to transmit on that frequency.
We amateur radio operators are getting very concerned about individuals intruding on the ham bands; it seems to be happening much more often than in the past. We all understand that we are supposed to police our own hobby, but there is only so much we can do before the clout of Industry Canada must step into the picture.
If this use of the amateur radio 2m band was not authorized by Industry Canada, could I please request on behalf of all Canadian amateurs that Industry Canada send a letter to the Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association of Canada warning them of their illegal promotion and use of the 2m amateur band?