Diane, VA3DB sent this email to me and I’m posting her comments.
Have a read. What do you think? Are you, as Diane asks, ready for change?
It would be easy for unpaid volunteers to completely revamp the RAC website. It simply needs a bit of modernisation and making sure links actually work.
The key is to keep it simple; no fancy graphics cluttering it up, no complex navigation. Something a competent web designer and team of volunteers can do. While we are at it add a wiki and blog to make this truly a centre of RAC’s presence on the Internet. TCA, like the website, should be run entirely by unpaid volunteers.
Other organisations of comparable size operate this way, and this is certainly possible for RAC to do so as well using modern free software. Moving timely information from TCA to a modern website would reduce the size and weight of TCA thereby reducing the effort needed to produce the magazine and reduce its bulk mailing rate.
The basic membership in RAC should only include access to the electronic version of TCA, with a paper copy of TCA being an additional fee. This has been done very successfully in other organizations. If desired access to the electronic version of TCA can be password controlled.
Even if it was totally free, the advertisers would be getting advertising. EMRG is only one part of what amateur radio operators do. We are a diverse group of experimenters, builders, DXers, QRPers as well. RAC should reflect this diversity.
The interest in ham radio is there with the geeks young and old. Bring HTs to computer club meetings, advertise on our website the fun of building your own, communicating using modern DSP equipment, the fun of talking via satellites (including ISS). They will come. Those are just some ideas of what it would take to make RAC more relevant to new hams in Canada. RAC needs the vision, the leadership and the openness to be a world leader.
Are we ready?
- 73 Diane Bruce VA3DB