It is rumoured that radio handsets are sometimes used in Canada on 2-metre amateur bands without being certified with Industry Canada. Some of those sets may be modified or reprogrammed to operate on 2m commercial bands, it is said. That would of course be against Industry Canada regulations.
Is it theoretically possible to have a radio handset which is compliant with Industry Canada regulations for use on both 2m amateur bands and 2m commercial bands, and properly certified by Industry Canada? Can anyone give examples of handsets which meet these criteria?
My understanding of Industry Canada regs for commercial bands is that a mobile handset must not provide a way of choosing arbitrary frequencies in the field. At most they can permit switching between pre-programmed channels. The programming must be done with a gadget separate from the handset (like a special cable and computer and software). My understanding of the Canada regs for amateur radio are that it is permitted and normal to handsets to provide a way — like a numeric keypad — of choosing arbitrary frequencies in the field. However, the keypad is not required for amateur gear, and it is compliant to use a radio with pre-programmed channels on amateur bands. And my understanding is that a handset is only regs-compliant if it is actually certified with Industry Canada, and is on IC's list of compliant radios.
If my understanding is correct, then it isn't clearly impossible for one handset to comply with regs for both amateur and commercial 2m bands. But I would like answers that can confirm it is theoretically possible to comply. If there are examples of real handsets that are Industry Canada certified, that's a convincing way to demonstrate that it is possible.
Just to be clear, regs also specify operator licensing. For instance, an operator transmitting on amateur frequencies must hold (or be supervised by a holder of) an amateur radio licence. But I'm not concerned here with regs about operators, just regs about handsets.