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Old 02-27-2006, 05:09 AM   #21
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Yes we know that - thank you, again, for your crystal clear and entirely black and white position statement. We already know MAAC is not prepared to deal with this type of issue. No need to mention it over and over.

Putting MAAC's position aside for the moment, I asked a friend who is familiar with radio regulations and this is what I got back (again, another opinion):

What follows is my opinion and my interpretation of the Industry Canada regulations, which is somewhat based on various conversations with Industry Canada inspectors over several years.

Ham radio operators with Advanced certification may build and modify receivers and transmitters that operate on Ham-designated frequencies (those with Basic certification are more limited as to what is permitted). In other words, a Ham's certification is limited to Ham frequencies, which is obviously not the case here with RC gear.

Any person may make the modifications you are considering; no licensing or certification is required. The only real stipulation is that whatever is done must not cause interference with other legitimate users of the frequency or harmonics of the frequency. This principle of "do not interfere" is not limited to only other RC users but can include any devices that are subject to radio frequency interference (e.g. two-way radios, TVs, computers, etc.).

The bottom line: go ahead and fill your boots…but be prepared to shut down any transmitter that is creating problems for anyone else. This is the repeated response that I have received from Industry Canada regarding transmitter modifications. The inspectors are more interested in compliance through education rather than through the imposition of fines.

By the way, I know of no specific regulations that can be quoted regarding this issue. I can, however, tell you the penalty for knowingly creating radio frequency interference, but I am certain that you will not be doing that.
Perhaps there is interest from the membership in coming up with a way to recognize such modifications. After all, this is our hobby and MAAC is supposed to represent us. Then again, maybe no action is actually required...

If this modification is not actually illegal, then users of modified 6102s are already in compliance with Industry Canada regulations.
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