Here is something we must all consider.  Thank you to Howard VE1DHD for this concise article:

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What happens to a Silent Key’s Amateur Radio Operator Certificate?

Unless someone notifies the Amateur Radio Service Centre at Industry Canada, now known as Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED), so that the deceased ham’s call sign can be deleted from the database, absolutely nothing happens and the callsign remains active until the SK’s 125th birthday.  This then begs the question as to how many of the Radio Amateur callsigns in the ISED database belong to SKs.

While the families of some Radio Amateurs are aware of the importance of cancelling the callsign of a deceased family member, I would suspect that the vast majority are not.  I would therefore suggest that all Radio Amateurs should, as a matter of course, instruct family in a formal way as to how to cancel their callsign on their death.  The best way to do this is to include a directive in our wills to the effect that the executor needs to contact the Amateur Radio Service Centre in Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada to report the passing of a licensed Radio Amateur; a copy of the deceased’s obituary is required as confirmation.

The address for Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is:

ISED Amateur Radio Service Centre
2 Queen Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, ON
P6A 1Y3

email address:  ic.spectrumamateur-spectreamateur.ic@nullcanada.ca
Telephone: 1-888-780-3333 (Toll free)
Fax number: 1-705-941-4607

The next time you update your will be sure to add this change.


D. Howard Dickson
Radio Amateur – VE1DHD // VE1ZD
Seabright, Nova Scotia