RAC Bulletin 2012-040E-1 – Clarification of Bulletin no. 2012-040E published on July 31, 2012
Over the past several months there have been questions raised regarding the information available when searching the 'Canadian Call Sign Quick Search' which is available on the main page of the RAC website.
The questions raised were regarding Amateur Operator mailing address information being displayed and incorrect mailing address information displayed in some instances. When an applicant signs the IC2381 form requesting their callsign after a successful exam, there is a disclosure statement indicating that the applicant agrees that Industry Canada may use, disclose and share the information regarding their certificate qualifications, name, address and call signs, for the purpose of establishing a database that will be made public in order that other amateurs are aware of the frequencies and emissions that they’ve been authorized to utilize. This has been the practice for many years. An operator can request that their mailing address be removed from the public website if they wish. The call sign, name and qualifications will remain visible on the public website.
To answer the question regarding incorrect mailing address information displayed, section 15 of RBR-4 states that the holder of an Amateur Radio Operator Certificate shall notify the Department within thirty (30) days with respect to a change of mailing address. It is the responsibility of the Operator to contact the Department to make the appropriate changes. You can view RBR-4 at this link: http:/www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf01226.html
If you need to make changes to your information, you can login to your Industry Canada Amateur Radio account or create an account if you don't already have one. The link to the website is: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/025.nsf/eng/home. You can also contact Industry Canada's Amateur Radio Service Centre by telephone at 1-888-780-3333 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. RAC downloads the database displayed the RAC web site from Industry Canada on a daily basis therefore all changed must be made with Industry Canada.
Hopefully this will clarify the questions being raised regarding mailing addresses. RAC would appreciate if this clarification could be included in Club newsletters or other Club correspondence.
Len Morgan, VE9MY
RAC Affiliated Clubs Program Coordinator
Vernon Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ
RAC Blog Editor/RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor