Never operated before? Has it been a while? New to Canada?

I have looked on the www.callsign.ca database and there are no examiners in my area. How can I take my Amateur Exam?

Contact the ARSC to discuss what options are available in this situation.

I have moved to Canada from another country, where I held an Amateur Radio Licence, how do I get the equivalency in Canada?

There are no equivalencies given for holders of Amateur licences from other countries. The only way to get your Canadian call sign is to take the Canadian Basic qualification exam and pass with a mark of 70%.

I am not a Canadian citizen, but I have a residence here. I have no amateur certificate from my country of origin. Can I get a Canadian certificate?

Any one with a Canadian address is eligible for the Canadian certificate. There are no restrictions based on race, age or sex.

I am an Amateur Radio Operator visiting Canada from another country. While in Canada can I use my call sign from my home station from my home country?

In order to you use the call sign of your home station in Canada you must contact Industry Canada at the ARSC and provide documentation of your CEPT certificate. A Letter of Authority will be extended to applicants who qualify that allows them to operate in Canada. It also instructs the amateur to add the prefix of the geographical location they will be in. So, an amateur of United Kingdom with the call sign G**** applies to operate in Winnipeg Manitoba the prefix they use while visiting is VE4 and so will use the call sign VE4G****

I am the holder of a professional certificate, can I get the equivalent Amateur Radio Operator’s Certificate?

Persons holding any of the following certificates listed below may be issued an authorization to operate in the amateur radio service with the same operating privilieges as the holder of an Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic, Morse and Advanced qualifications:

Radiocommunication Operator General Certificate (Maritime)

Radio Operator’s First Class Certificate

Radio Operator’s Second Class Certificate

Persons holding any of the following Canadian certificates may be issued an authorization to operate in the amateur radio service with the same operating privileges as the holder of an Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with the Basic qualification:

Radiotelephone Operator’s General Certificate (Aeronautical)

Radiotelephone Operator’s General Certificate (Maritime)

Radiotelephone Operator’s General Certificate (Land)

First-Class Radioelectronic Certificate

I have my radio operator’s license, but I have not had a call sign for several years. How do I go about getting a call sign again?

The application at www.callsign.ca has an option at the top to “Reinstate a Certificate”. Choose this option and fill in the form. Choose your top three call sign choices and send it to the ARSC. If you had a licence previously you will be in the database and we will be able to issue a new call sign, free of charge.

I am interested in becoming an amateur radio operator. How do I go about it?

In order to become an amateur radio operator, one must pass the Basic exam with a mark of 70% or greater. It is recommended that you visit www.callsign.ca and read RBR 4, RIC 3, and RIC 9 under the section “Documentation” before taking the exam. You can also find an examiner in your area. Also visit the exam generator at http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/epic/internet/insmt-gst.nsf/en/h_sf05378e.html , to take practice exams.