As a member of Radio Amateurs of Canada I get RAC bulletins sent to my email box so today I was quite surprised to see an email from RAC but authored by RAQI, the Quebec-based association of radio amateurs in that province.
First, I don’t know what the actual relationship is between RAC and RACI but that’s a topic for another day.
Based on a bulletin from Guy Lamoureux, VE2LGL, the president-general manager RAQI, it appears that the use of two-way radio equipment by motorists in Quebec is now legal.
And I quote:
“RAQI is proud to have contributed, by its representations to the authorities concerned, to the clarification of the text of the law banning the use of cellular telephones while driving and permitting ALL QUEBEC RADIOAMATEURS and not just members of RAQI to continue to use their mobile communications equipment in their vehicles as they always have.”
President Lamoureux ends his bulletin with the following note:
“RAQI hopes that the radio amateur community recognizes the importance of a strong provincial association and the support it provides.”
Congratulations go to RAQI and we welcome driving through La Belle Province while talking on our mobile rigs. Well done RAQI!
One would wish the same thoughts occur to our national association and similar action and an announcement is forthcoming in those provinces where the issue remains unclear.