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Amateur radio stations may only communicate with other amateur radio stations. The radiocommunications must not use or involve:

  • radiocommunications in support of industrial, business or professional activities
  • programming originated from a broadcast station
  • commercially recorded material
  • music
  • code or cipher that is secret (internationally recognized Q codes are permitted)
  • false or deceptive signals or communications
  • profane or indecent language
  • broadcasting to the general public

    New digital encoding techniques to transmit data over amateur radio spectrum is permitted, provided the encoding or cipher is not secret.

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    Amateur operators discuss all kinds of topics on amateur bands. The tradition has been to avoid conversations which are risque and also those that deal with religion or politics.

    It should always be kept in mind that conversations conducted using amateur radio are not private and could be received by anyone.

    If the message has the potential to harm or offend others, it is probably not appropriate for the amateur service.

    Turn down the volume of background broadcasting or other non-amateur signals so they are not re-transmitted by your station.


    B-001-007-001.... Which of the following CANNOT be discussed on an amateur club net?
    1. recreation planning
    2. code practice planning
    3. emergency planning
    4. business planning
    B-001-007-002.... When is a radio amateur allowed to broadcast information to the general public?
    1. never
    2. only when the operator is being paid
    3. only when broadcasts last less than 1 hour
    4. only when broadcasts last longer than 15 minutes
    B-001-007-003.... When may false or deceptive amateur signals or communications be transmitted?
    1. never
    2. when operating a beacon transmitter in a "fox hunt" exercise
    3. when playing a harmless "practical joke"
    4. when you need to hide the meaning of a message for secrecy
    B-001-007-004.... Which of the following one-way communications may not be transmitted in the amateur service?
    1. broadcasts intended for the general public
    2. radio control commands to model craft
    3. brief transmissions to make adjustments to the station
    4. morse code practice
    B-001-007-005.... You wish to develop and use a new digital encoding technique to transmit data over amateur radio spectrum. Under what conditions is this permissible?
    1. when the encoding technique is published in the public domain
    2. when it is used for commercial traffic
    3. when it includes sending the amateur station's call sign
    4. when it is used for music streaming content

    B-001-007-006.... When may an amateur station in two-way communication transmit an encoded message?+


    1. during a declared communications emergency
    2. during contests
    3. only when the encoding or cipher is not secret
    4. when transmitting above 450 MHz
    B-001-007-007.... What are the restrictions on the use of abbreviations or procedural signals in the amateur service?
    1. there are no restrictions
    2. they are not permitted because they obscure the meaning of a message to government monitoring stations
    3. only "10-codes" are permitted
    4. they may be used if the signals or codes are not secret
    B-001-007-008.... What should you do to keep your station from re-transmitting music or signals from a non-amateur station?
    1. turn up the volume of your transmitter
    2. speak closer to the microphone to increase your signal strength
    3. adjust your transceiver noise blanker
    4. turn down the volume of background audio
    B-001-007-009.... The transmission of a secret code by the operator of an amateur station:
    1. is permitted for contests
    2. must be approved by Industry Canada
    3. is not permitted
    4. is permitted for third-party traffic
    B-001-007-010.... A radio amateur may be engaged in communication which includes the transmission of:
    1. programming that originates from a broadcasting undertaking
    2. Q signals
    3. radiocommunication in support of industrial, business, or professional activities
    4. commercially recorded material
    B-001-007-011.... In the amateur radio service, business communications:
    1. are only permitted if they are for the safety of life or immediate protection of property
    2. are not prohibited by regulation
    3. are permitted on some bands
    4. are not permitted under any circumstance
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