Radio Service Equipment Operating in the Citizens Band

The Department of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) of Canada has opened a public consultation on RSS-236 for equipment operating in the 26.960 MHz to 27.410 MHz Citizens Band.

The Citizens Band (CB) is a two-way, short-distance, voice communications service for either personal or business activities of the general public.

This Radio Standards Specification RSS-236, issue 2, General Radio Service Equipment Operating in the Band 26.960 MHz to 27.410 MHz (Citizens Band), replaces RSS-236, issue 1, dated September 2012.

The main changes are as follows:

  • modified Table 1 in section 4.1
  • changed the method of measurement in section 3.5 and 4.5 from ANSI C63.10 to ANSI C63.26
  • removed section 4.3 Antennas
  • modified sections 4.10 the new FM audio emission F3E
  • removed references to A1D, H1D, J1D, R1D from sections 4.10, 4.11, and 4.12
  • added reference bandwidth to the unwanted transmission in 4.12

Equipment covered by this standard is classified as Category I equipment and a technical acceptance certificate (TAC) issued by a recognized certification body is required.

This standard will be in force as of the date of its publication on Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s (ISED) website. However, a transition period of six months from the publication date will be provided, within which compliance with RSS-236 issue 1, or RSS-236 issue 2,will be accepted. After this period, only applications for the certification of equipment under RSS-236 issue 2 will be accepted. Furthermore after this transition period, equipment manufactured, imported, distributed, leased, offered for sale, or sold in Canada shall comply with RSS-236 issue 2.

The full Radio Standard Specification can be found here.

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