[hfsig] The final nail in the coffin of Morse? In Canada, yes.

W6AFK w6afk at amsat.org
Sat Jul 30 00:24:47 CDT 2005

Well, they have done it up in Canada...

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Industry Canada Introduces Alternatives to Morse Requirement for HF
Per Canada Gazette notice DGRB-003-05 

22 July 2005, 
Industry Canada has adopted elements of the RAC (Radio Amateurs of Canada, 
the ARRL equivalent) "Proposal on Morse Code and Related Matters" and has 
removed the mandatory requirement for the Morse Qualification for access to 
the HF bands below 30 MHz.

Effective immediately, amateurs certified with BASIC Qualification prior to 
2 April 2002, and amateurs certified with both BASIC and ADVANCED 
Qualifications, may operate on HF. 

Amateurs with BASIC only Qualification certified after 1 April 2002, and 
who achieved a pass mark of 80% or greater, will also be allowed to operate 
on HF. 

Amateurs certified BASIC only Qualification after 1 April 2002 having 
achieved less than 80% pass mark, will either have to qualify in Morse, 
write the Advanced or re-write the Basic examination to obtain HF 

This latter requirement is related to a decision to increase the BASIC 
examination pass mark to ensure that candidates have been tested in all 
areas of the syllabus.

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The last paragraph is interesting ;-)  It's only a matter of time before 
similar action is taken down here.

Bruno, W6AFK/VE2EQ
Oceanside California
Grid: DM13ie

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