Amateur radio competes with broadcasting, aviation, marine, commercial, governmental, and other interests for the radio spectrum.

  The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) holds a World Radio Conference (WRC) every four years to review international regulations and update allocations of radio frequencies for all radio frequency users.

  Having a licensed amateur as part of the official delegation gives us a full-time advocate to defend our existing allocations and negotiate for new ones as technologies and the needs of other radio spectrum users change.

  Canada is one of a few countries that includes an amateur representative as a part of the official delegation at the negotiating table, but Industry Canada doesn’t pay the ham radio delegate’s expenses.  The Defence of Amateur Radio Fund (DARF) Trust was created to fund these travel and living expenses by collecting donations from clubs and individual hams.

  DARF was founded in 1991 by Tom Atkins, VE3CDM, and Bill Loucks, VE3AR, now both silent keys, to cover the delegate costs for the 1993 conference.    Because of your continued donations, DARF has been able to fund delegate expenses since.  Only reasonable, pre-approved travel expenses to attend the actual conferences are reimbursed.

  Use of DARF Trust funds is restricted to supporting delegate activities related to spectrum retention, expansion, and the continued recognition of the amateur service as a legitimate radio spectrum user. DARF is independent of RAC and has its own Trustees, independent of RAC.

DARF does not support other, non-spectrum related issues, such as towers, interference, etc.

 

Why is DARF needed?