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The Standards for the Operation of Radio Stations in the Amateur Radio Service (RBR-4) and the Radiocommunication Regulations, spell out terms and conditions for operating an amateur radio station in Canada.

There is no minimum power limit within amateur frequency bands.

All amateur radio stations must be operated in accordance with a radio authorization.

Operation of amateur radio equipment is not permitted on frequencies outside of amateur radio bands. Radio equipment approved for use and licensed for frequencies in the land mobile service may also be used on amateur radio band frequencies if the owner holds an Amateur Radio Operator Certificate.

Amateur radio stations may only communicate with other similarly authorized amateur radio stations.

It is not permissible to use amateur radio apparatus to amplify the output of licence-exempt transmitters.

Considerate and courteous operators refrain from making unnecessary or offensive transmissions.

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Download RBR-4 "Standards for the Operation of Radio Stations in the Amateur Radio Service" from the internet. Every Amateur Radio Operator needs to be aware of the contents of this document, namely:

  • Frequency Bands
  • Operator Qualifications
  • Bandwidths
  • Frequencies for Radio Control of Models
  • Communications on behalf of Third Parties
  • Operation Outside Canada
  • Interference
  • Station Identification
  • Restrictions on Capacity and Power Output
  • Unmodulated Carriers and Retransmission
  • Amplitude Modulation and Frequency Stability
  • Environmental Process
  • Change of Address
  • Measurements

B-001-006-001.... An amateur radio station with a maximum input power to the final stage of 2 watts:
  1. must be operated by a person with an Amateur Certificate and call sign
  2. must be licensed by Industry Canada
  3. need not be licensed in isolated areas only
  4. is exempt from regulatory control by Industry Canada
B-001-006-002.... An Amateur station may be used to communicate with:
  1. any stations which are identified for special contests
  2. armed forces stations during special contests and training exercises
  3. stations operated under similar authorizations
  4. any station transmitting in the amateur bands
B-001-006-003.... Which of the following statements is NOT correct?
  1. a considerate operator does not transmit unnecessary signals
  2. a courteous operator refrains from using offensive language
  3. a radio amateur may not operate, or permit to be operated, a radio apparatus which he knows is not performing to the Radiocommunication Regulations
  4. a radio amateur may use a linear amplifier to amplify the output of a licence-exempt transmitter outside any amateur radio allocations
B-001-006-004.... Which of the following statements is NOT correct?
  1. except for a certified radio amateur operating within authorized amateur radio allocations, no person shall possess or operate any device for the purpose of amplifying the output power of a licence-exempt radio apparatus
  2. a person may operate or permit the operation of radio apparatus only where the apparatus is maintained to the Radiocommunication Regulations tolerances
  3. an amateur radio operator transmitting unnecessary or offensive signals does not violate accepted practice
  4. a person may operate an amateur radio station when the person complies with the Standards for the Operation of Radio Stations in the Amateur Radio Service
B-001-006-005.... Which of the following statements is NOT correct? A person may operate radio apparatus, authorized in the amateur service:
  1. on aeronautical, marine or land mobile frequencies
  2. only where the person complies with the Standards for the Operation of Radio Stations in the Amateur Radio Service
  3. only where the apparatus is maintained within the performance standards set by Industry Canada regulations and policies
  4. except for the amplification of the output power of licence-exempt radio apparatus operating outside authorized amateur radio service allocations

B-001-006-006.... Some VHF and UHF FM radios purchased for use in the amateur service can also be programmed to communicate on frequencies used for the land mobile service. Under what conditions is this permissible?
  1. the radio is certified under the proper Radio Standard Specification for use in Canada and licensed by Industry Canada on the specified frequencies
  2. the equipment has a RF power output of 2 watts or less
  3. the equipment is used in remote areas north of 60 degrees latitude
  4. the radio operator has a Restricted Operator's Certificate
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