Amateur Radio

As you may know, Bill 118 banning cellphone use while driving has passed in Ontario, and is now law. Apparently, this law has not exempted Amateur Radio, but the regulations that might are currently being written. RAC has suggested that now is the time to get involved and make sure our elected officials understand the importance of Amateur Radio, and include our service in the exemptions. Please read their blog at http://racblog.wordpress.com for helpful advice before writing anything. The Minister has stated that he is adverse to permitting mobile Amateur Radio because we are "not trained" to handle it like police officers and other public safety drivers. However, he is willing to consider allowing "fixed equipment" to be used mobile. This would still leave HT operation and any other loose equipment operation illegal - perhaps including direction finding apparatus that might be needed to locate missing people, aircraft or watercraft. Several other provinces and states have enacted similar legislation, but each one specifically exempts Amateur Radio activities. We need to politely educate this government about the importance of being able to operate mobile under our Federal Licences. Can you imagine being chased by a funnel cloud, but having to pull over to legally warn Environment Canada? This law nullifies our Federal authority to operate our radio equipment. Make your voice heard.

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