Spectrum Management and Telecommunications - profane or obscene language

Spectrum Management and Telecommunications

RIC-3 — Information on the Amateur Radio Service
6. Extracts from the Radiocommunication Regulations
The following extracts from the Radiocommunication Regulations pertaining to the Amateur Radio Service are provided in this circular for convenience only.
Operation of Radio Apparatus
30. A person may operate radio apparatus in respect of which a radio authorization has been issued only where the person complies with the terms and conditions of the authorization.

32. (1) A person may operate radio apparatus only to transmit a non-superfluous signal or a signal containing non-profane or non-obscene radiocommunications.

RIC-21 — Study Guide for the Restricted Operator Certificate With Aeronautical Qualification (ROC-A)
4.4 Superfluous Communications and Interference

Radiocommunications between aeronautical stations should be restricted to those relating to safety and flight regularity. In accordance with subsection 32(1) of the Radiocommunication Regulations, superfluous communication, as well as profane and obscene language, is strictly prohibited.

Any person who violates the regulations relative to unauthorized communications, profane or obscene language is liable, on summary conviction, in the case of an individual, to a fine not exceeding five thousand dollars or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year, or to both, or, in the case of a corporation, on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding twenty-five thousand dollars.

The Act clearly states that all radio stations shall be operated so as not to interfere with or interrupt the working of another radio station. The penalties for doing so are the same as those noted above. The only situation under which you may interrupt or interfere with the normal working of another station is when you are required to transmit a higher priority call or message, for example, distress, urgency or other priority calls or messages.

Radiocommunication Regulations (SOR/96-484)

Comments and suggestions may be directed to the following address:
Industry Canada
Spectrum Management Operations Branch
300 Slater Street
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0C8
Attention: Spectrum Management Operations
E-mail: spectrum_pubs@ic.gc.ca

Amateur Radio Service Centre Contact Information

For additional information, please contact the Amateur Radio Service Centre:
Industry Canada
Amateur Radio Service Centre
2 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 1Y3
E-mail address:  spectrum.amateur@ic.gc.ca
Telephone: 1-888-780-3333 (Toll free)

Email: spectrum_pubs@ic.gc.ca


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