ENFORCEMENT

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INTRODUCTION

Misrepresentation or contraventions of the Radiocommunication Act, Radiocommunication Regulations and terms or conditions of radio authorizations may be cause for the Minister to revoke a person's Amateur Radio Operator Certificate. A reasonable opportunity to make representation to the Minister would be afforded before such action would be taken.

No advance written notice is required for the Minister to revoke a radio authorization for situations involving failure to comply with requests to pay fees.

Spectrum Management officials may at any reasonable time, for the purpose of enforcing the Radiocommunication Act, enter any place in which the inspector believes on reasonable grounds there is any radio apparatus, interference-causing equipment or radio-sensitive equipment. In the case of a dwelling-house, a Radio Inspector normally requires the consent of the occupant unless acting under the authority of a warrant.

Transmitting a false or fraudulent distress signal, message or call, may result, upon conviction, fines of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment for up to one year. Out of amateur band transmissions and the retransmission of decoded encrypted subscription programs are prohibited.

The Radiocommunication Act is the document which states the offences and penalties for non compliance of rules governing radiocommunications.

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SUPPLEMENT
For the most part, the amateur radio service is self regulating. Amateurs have a long established record of resolving most problems themselves or with assistance of other amateurs.

Radio Amateurs of Canada has established an "Official Observer" program. Designated "Official Observers" actively look for and report on stations that have unusually good signals or operating procedures, and which set an example by displaying the best that Amateur Radio has to offer. At least 70% of notices sent are "Good Operator Notices". Troubling operating practices or technical difficulties are also noted. In these situations an Official Observer may issue an "Advisory Notice".

QUESTIONS

B-001-003-001.... Out of amateur band transmissions:
  1. must be identified with your call sign
  2. are permitted
  3. are prohibited - penalties could be assessed to the control operator
  4. are permitted for short tests only
B-001-003-002.... If an amateur pretends there is an emergency and transmits the word "MAYDAY", what is this called?
  1. a traditional greeting in May
  2. an emergency test transmission
  3. nothing special: "MAYDAY" has no meaning in an emergency
  4. false or deceptive signals
B-001-003-003.... A person found guilty of transmitting a false or fraudulent distress signal, or interfering with, or obstructing any radio communication, without lawful cause, may be liable, on summary conviction, to a penalty of:
  1. a fine, not exceeding $5 000, or a prison term of one year, or both
  2. a fine of $10 000
  3. a prison term of two years
  4. a fine of $1 000
B-001-003-004.... What government document states the offences and penalties for non-compliance of the rules governing radiocommunications?
  1. the Radiocommunications Law Reform Act of 2002
  2. the Official Radio Rules of Canada
  3. the Radiocommunication Act
  4. the Radiocommunication Regulations
B-001-003-005.... Which of the following is NOT correct? The Minister may suspend an Amateur Radio Operator Certificate:
  1. where the holder has contravened the Radiocommunication Act, its Regulations, or the terms and conditions of the certificate
  2. where the certificate was obtained through misrepresentation
  3. with no notice, or opportunity to make representation thereto
  4. where the holder has failed to comply with a request to pay fees or interest due
B-001-003-006.... Which of the following statements is NOT correct?
  1. where entry is refused, and is necessary to perform his duties under the Act, a radio inspector may obtain a warrant
  2. a radio inspector may enter a dwelling without the consent of the occupant and without a warrant
  3. in executing a warrant, a radio inspector shall not use force, unless accompanied by a peace officer, and force is authorized
  4. the person in charge of a place entered by a radio inspector shall give the inspector information that the inspector requests
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