12/23/09 - Cellphone Ban in British Columbia, CA

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kg7hq Sat, 01/23/2010 - 15:24

I picked this up off the Pacific Northwest VHF reflector posted by Gabor (VE7DXG).

For those of you travelling into BC, be aware of the new laws being enacted on January 1, 2010. There are exclusions for Emergency Responders and Amateur Radio Operators but it appears to effective for those who are licensed in Canada. I didn't read any provisions for US licensed hams visiting the Province.

I have asked the question and am awaiting a reply from the ARRL. Meanwhile, I'm attaching the file and the link to download it directly from the gov.bc.ca site.


NOTE: Received note from the ARRL and it appears that the bilateral agreement has no bearing on both the Washington State and British Columbia laws. If you don't have a valid licence issued by the country your operating in, you are not extended the exemption for that country.


As a follow up to my original post, it appears that the Washington State RCW is structured the same as the one in British Columbia, BC....
From RCW 46.61.667...
"Subsection (1) of this section does not restrict the operation of an amateur radio station by a person who holds a valid amateur radio operator license issued by the federal communications commission."
So this means that Canadian Amateur Radio Operators are disqualified as their lisence was not issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).