Hams Face New Rules on Ontario Roadways
The Ministry of Transportation in Ontario, Canada announced on September 30 that Bill 118 concerning distracted driving will take effect on October 26, 2009. According to Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Vice President for Public Relations Peter West, VE3HG, the new law makes it illegal for drivers to talk, text, type, dial or e-mail using handheld cell phones and other handheld communications and entertainment devices. Following a three-month period that begins October 26, the focus will be on educating drivers; police will start issuing tickets on February 1, 2010. “All two-way radios in all vehicles — with the exception of emergency responding vehicles — must be hands-free in three years time,” he posted on the RAC’s blog. “This news comes from the official government staffer who has been in communications with Radio Amateurs of Canada over the last year. At the end of the three-year exemption, all commercial, CB and Amateur Radio equipment used in moving vehicles by the vehicle operator must be hands-free in operation.”
California Firm Fined $4000 for Operating on Amateur Frequencies
On September 28, the FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) to a California firm that the Commission maintains was using amateur frequencies to conduct business. According to the Commission, Shimmick Construction Company Inc/Obayashi Corporation, Joint Venture (“Shimmick-Obayashi”) — licensees of stations WQER756, WQEN793, WQJI360 and WQKG818 — apparently repeatedly violated Section 1.903(a) of the Commission’s Rules “by failing to operate only in accordance with the rules applicable to their particular service as set forth in the Commission’s Rules and with a valid authorization granted by the Commission.”
ARRL Gears Up for Fourth Annual Online Auction
The Fourth Annual ARRL On-Line Auction begins its preview week on Thursday, October 15. With more than 160 items up for bid — and more being added every day — this event promises to have something for just about everyone. The auction kicks off Thursday, October 22 and runs through Thursday, October 29 on the ARRL Web site.