Amateur radio refers to the use of regulated radio frequency bands by licensees and has a variety of facets throughout the world. In Canada, it is regulated by the federal government through Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. The Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC), Canada's national amateur radio society provides services to the amateur radio operators who become its members. In the province of New Brunswick, amateur radio is of interest to the New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization (NB EMO) who make possible the International Repeater Group (IRG), a network of linked amateur radio repeaters, which use very high frequency (VHF) radio frequency bands. Amateur radio is further described in a Wikipedia article.
At the University of New Brunswick (UNB) access to these bands has benefits for teaching and research, such as COllaboration Based Robotics & Automation (COBRA), wireless communications, sensors, microwave theory, and insect tracking.
The picture shows a Sinclair SG201 antenna, fed by a coaxial cable, on top of a pole on a roof at UNB. The antenna is currently being used for VHF communications.