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ARRL Special Bulletin ARLX004 (2014)

ARLX004 Canada to Get Five 60 Meter Channels

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Special Bulletin 4  ARLX004
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  January 23, 2014
To all radio amateurs 

ARLX004 Canada to Get Five 60 Meter Channels

Industry Canada has granted Amateur Radio operators there the use of
five 60 meter channels on a non-interference basis. The
center-channel frequencies harmonize with those available to US
radio amateurs on 60 meters: 5332 kHz, 5348 kHz, 5358.5 kHz, 5373
kHz, and 5405 kHz.

"[G]iven that use of these frequencies was requested, in part, to
allow for cross-border communications in times of emergency,"
Industry Canada said, "harmonization of the frequencies with the
United States would facilitate such communications between the
Canadian and the US Amateur Radio communities."

Amateur stations will be restricted to USB, data, RTTY and CW modes,
with a maximum bandwidth of 2.8 kHz, and a maximum power output of
100 W ERP - the same the US allows.

"Canadian amateur operations shall not cause interference to fixed
and mobile operations in Canada or in other countries," Industry
Canada ruled, "and, if such interference occurs, the Amateur Service
may be required to cease operations. The Amateur Service in Canada
may not claim protection from interference by the fixed and mobile
operations of other countries.