RIC-25 DISTILLED
by Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ

Note: this is an unofficial summary of the regulations affecting the amateur radio service in Canada. It is intended for educational purposes only. It is not a legally-accurate or offically-authorized document. The only official document is RIC-25, obtained from Industry Canada.

Radiocommunication Act
4: You must be authorized to install, possess, or operate radio equipment.
7: Her Majesty may take posession of your station for any length of time, and require you to operate it. (Such as in wartime)
9: You must NOT send any false or fradulent distress signal.
You must NOT interfere with or obstruct any radio communication.
You must NOT intercept or divulge radio communications. (Except: amateur, broadcast, or distress communications; when ordered by the government; or when authorized by the sender or recipient.)
10: Violations can be punished with a fine up to $5,000 and/or prison up to 1 year.

General Radio Regulations, Part I
5.1: The following may hold an amateur station license and/or operate an amateur station:
[1] Radiocommunication Operator's General Certificate (Maritime)
[1] Radio Operator's First Class Certificate
[1] Radio Operator's Second Class Certificate
[2] Radiotelephone Operator's General Certificate (Aeronautical)
[2] Radiotelephone Operator's General Certificate (Maritime)
[2] Radiotelephone Operator's General Certificate (Land)
[1] Amateur Radio Operator's Advanced Certificate
[1] Amateur Radio Operator's Certificate
[2] Amateur Digital Radio Operator's Certificate
Amateur Operator's Certificate with Basic Qualification

[1] considered equivalent to Basic + 12 wpm Morse + Advanced
[2] considered equivalent to Basic + Advanced


General Radio Regulations, Part II
9: Your license must be posted in your station in a conspicuous place.
11: You may not install or maintain an unlicensed station.
20: You don't have exclusive rights to any frequency.
22: Your signal must be free of harmonics, hum, key clicks, and spurious emissions.
24: You must not interfere with any radio station or private receiver.
25: You must not transmit superfluous signals, obscenity, or profanity. When testing, you must not interfere with other stations.
43: Any person may operate your station if supervised by you and in your presence.
46: A station license lets you establish one station at your licensed location, one at another location, and one mobile. Only one may be operated at a time.
47: You must have an Advanced qualfication to use homebuilt transmitters or amplifiers, operate a same-band repeater, or install a club station.
48: You must only communicate with other amateurs.
You must NOT use secret codes or ciphers.
You must NOT transmit music, commercially recorded material, or received broadcasts.
49: You must not communicate with forbidden countries (per RIC-3).
50: You must not allow foreign third-party communications unless specifically allowed (RIC-3). (Except for Canadian amateurs, CFARS, and MARS.)
51: You may transmit emergency communications on behalf of anyone.
52: You must use the listed amateur frequency bands.
53: You must not exceed the listed signal bandwidths for each band, measured 26 dB down.
54: Radio controlled models are restricted to frequencies above 30 MHz.
55: In the shared frequency bands (UHF and higher), you must not interfere with another (non-amateur) service, but they may interfere with you.
57: You must transmit your call sign at the beginning and end of each period of communication or test, and every 30 minutes during that period.
58: You may not own a transmitter capable of more than twice your legal power limit.
Basic operator limits: 250W DC input, 560W PEP SSB output, or 190W carrier output.
Advanced operator limits: 1000W DC input, 2250W PEP SSB output, or 750W carrier output.
59: You may not transmit unmodulated carrier except for brief tests.
An HF-band repeater must not transmit signals from Basic operators.
60: You must not overmodulate (AM more than 100%).
Below 148 MHz, your transmitter must have frequency stability equal to crystal control.
61: You must be able determine your transmit frequency to crystal-calibrator accuracy.
You must be able to indicate or prevent overmodulation.
62: You may not demand or accept payment in any form for amateur communications. (You may not use amateur radio for commercial purposes.)
63: You must inform Industry Canada if you move.
114: You must permit your station to be inspected at any reasonable time.

FREQUENCY BANDS AND BANDWIDTHS FOR CANADA AND REGION 2
* shared with other (non-amateur) services
Item Frequency Band Maximum
Bandwidth
QualificationsAlso Called
1. 1.800 to 2.000 MHz 6 kHz B and 5, or B and 12 "160 metres"
2. 3.500 to 4.000 MHz 6 kHz B and 5, or B and 12 "80/75 metres"
3. 7.000 to 7.300 MHz 6 kHz B and 12 "40 metres"
4. 10.100 to 10.150 MHz 1 kHz B and 12 "30 metres"
5. 14.000 to 14.350 MHz 6 kHz B and 12 "20 metres"
6. 18.068 to 18.168 MHz 6 kHz B and 12 "17 metres"
7. 21.000 to 21.450 MHz 6 kHz B and 12 "15 metres"
8. 24.890 to 24.990 MHz 6 kHz B and 12 "12 metres"
9. 28.000 to 29.700 MHz 20 kHz B and 12 "10 metres"
10. 50.000 to 54.000 MHz 30 kHz B "6 metres"
11. 144.000 to 148.000 MHz 30 kHz B "2 metres"
12. 220.000 to 225.000 MHz 100 kHz B "1 1/4 metres"
13.* 430.000 to 450.000 MHz 12 MHz B "70 centimetres"
14.* 902.000 to 928.000 MHz 12 MHz B
15.* 1.240 to 1.300 GHz any B
16.* 2.300 to 2.450 GHz any B
17.* 3.300 to 3.500 GHz any B
18.* 5.650 to 5.925 GHz any B
19.* 10.000 to 10.500 GHz any B
20. 24.000 to 24.050 GHz any B
21.* 24.050 to 24.250 GHz any B
22. 47.000 to 47.200 GHz any B
23. 75.500 to 76.000 GHz any B
24.* 76.000 to 81.000 GHz any B
25. 142.000 to 144.000 GHz any B
26.* 144.000 to 149.000 GHz any B
27.* 241.000 to 248.000 GHz any B
28. 248.000 to 250.000 GHz any B