History was made yesterday as Industry Canada issued its first license on the new 60 meter developmental band, VX9GHD to VE3FI Russ Hemphill of Haliburton, Ontario.
Canadians have been waiting for 3 years for this new opportunity to join the USA, and Britain, and as usual RAC has done nothing to help with this process! In fact RAC still has not made an announcement informing Canadian hams that they can even apply for a 60m experimental license !!
Russ-VE3FI, the Vice President for Administraion of ECOA, tells us that 60m is badly needed for Emergency Communications, especially when conditions on 40 and 80 are not suitable for transmitting or receiving traffic.
This experimental license is valid for one year. After the one year period 60m will then be open for regular use by all Canadian amateurs using their own call sign.
Any Canadian amateur can apply for this new experimental license by sending in an application to Industry Canada with $52.80 upon approval. Details available on the IC website.
Well done to Russ and ECOA for making this HUGE first step for Canadian hams!!!