RAC Survey

Posted on: Sun, 08/07/2022 - 00:07 By: VE7JXC

Interesting survey from RAC. It looks like RAC will be approaching ISED with some changes to how callsigns are administered in Canada.  I would recommend that all amateurs, even if you’re not a member of RAC, participate in this survey.


Canadian Amateurs Call Sign Policy Survey

Sondage sur la politique des indicatifs d'appel des amateurs canadiens

For immediate release | August 5, 2022 to September 30, 2022


Phil A. McBride, VA3QR/VA3KPJ
RAC President and Chair

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC), the national association for Amateur Radio in Canada, is once again conducting an online survey to enable us to better serve Canadian Amateurs.

RAC is a volunteer-based organization and we rely on the feedback from members and non-members to help us stay informed and up to date on Amateur Radio matters of interest to them.

From time to time, we will be conducting various surveys to help us to achieve these objectives. The current survey was prepared by our Regulatory Affairs Officer Dave Goodwin, VE3KG, to solicit the opinions of Canadian Radio Amateurs on the policy concerning Amateur Radio call signs in Canada:

RIC-9 ­– Call Sign Policy and Special Event Prefixes

The current policy has been in place for almost 20 years and we would like your input to develop proposals for change to present to our regulator – Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada – for their consideration. 

Eligibility: The survey is anonymous and is open to anyone holding a Canadian Certificate and call sign.  

The survey is comprehensive and it covers such questions as:

  • should Canadian Amateurs be required to change their call signs when they move to another region of Canada?
  • should Canadian Amateurs be required to reconfirm their call signs every few years?
  • should call signs with one suffix letter be issued as permanent personal call signs?
  • should call signs with prefixes other than the traditional VA, VE, VO and VY prefixes be issued as permanent personal call signs?

Other topics include:

  • rules on two-letter suffixed call signs
  • rules on the handling of the call signs of deceased Amateurs
  • special prefix authorizations
  • special event call sign authorizations

The survey will run from August 5 to September 30. It will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete and is available at the following link. Thank you for participating!

Survey : https://forms.office.com/r/QbQ69KjwfM