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An amateur radio operator (ARO) or Ham operator is an individual who uses radio equipment to engage in communications on radio frequencies assigned to the amateur radio service (referred to as amateur bands). Amateur radio operators have been granted an amateur radio license by the governmental regulatory authority where they reside after passing an examination on applicable regulations, electronics, radio theory, and radio operation. In Canada there are four different certifications: Basic, Morse Code, Basic with Honours, and Advanced. As a component of their license, amateur radio operators are assigned a call sign that they use to identify themselves during communication.

Call Signs of Canada

Canadian Callsign Prefixes
Prefix Province/Territory
VE1, VA1 Nova Scotia
VE2, VA2 Quebec
VE3, VA3 Ontario
VE4, VA4 Manitoba
VE5, VA5 Saskatchewan
VE6, VA6 Alberta
VE7, VA7 British Columbia
VE8 Northwest Territories
VE9 New Brunswick
VE0 International Waters
VO1 Newfoundland
VO2 Labrador
VY1 Yukon Territory
VY2 Prince Edward Island
VY0 Nunavut Territory

VE0 call signs are only intended for use when the amateur radio station is operated from vessels that make international voyages.

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