*Regulations Part II by VE3QMC
*Station / Operating Procedures by VE3EJJ
Michael (VE3QMC) spent another weeknight with the course to further discuss the topic of regulatory policies in the Amateur Radio spectrum. There was a lot of very good discussion on finer details of what is and is not allowed in Amateur Radio. Of particular interest was the topic of the D-Star proprietary Codec & whether it intentionally obscures the meaning of a message through a non-open source protocol. We worked through the discussion and came to the agreement that while it is a less than agreeable arrangement, because any Amateur can purchase the equipment necessary to receive the transmissions, the radios do not effectively use a secret cipher. The only sticking point is that the Codec is covered by Intellectual Property laws, making home-brewing a receiver illegal. Now that is just dirty!
The second portion of the night was a visit to VE3JW to have everyone try out HF communications under the guidance of Ernie (VE3EJJ). A visit to the station is always a welcome addition to our curriculum. I think that the course would benefit from more practical radio work – to offer some first-hand exposure to the world of radio. By putting into practice the theory and operating procedures we’ve learned, it allows a more profound understanding of the course material. Another great OVMRC course night!