RAC and the “Social Media”

For years now we have been using the RAC Bulletin Service and The Canadian Amateur Magazine to keep you the Amateur Radio community informed.  The RAC Bulletins are currently read on as many VHF and HF Nets that we can find a person to read them on.  They are also available on the RAC Web Page (www.rac.ca) as well as via the RAC Bulletin Email Service.

In addition the six yearly issues of The Canadian Amateur Magazine also has very important information for RAC Members.

Unfortunately ” TCA” is available only to the members of RAC.


Recently RAC members have spoken and the general thought is that you want many different ways to get your daily news fix from RAC.  Some of you like Facebook and others like the Bulletin Service in various forms and still others want Facebook and the RAC Blog…

In an attempt to keep the Amateur Radio Community informed as to whats happening in a “timely manner” the RAC Board started using the RAC Facebook Group,  opened up the @RACTWEETS Twitter account, and found a new blogger for the RAC Blog.

I’m that new blogger, my name is Bob Sharp and my Callsign is VA3QV.

I consider myself to be the “new blogger for the RAC BLOG rather than the replacement blogger as in my opinion the “old blogger could never be replaced.  Peter did an excellent job while he was at the helm and I learned a lot by reading his articles.

One big difference is that Peter VE3HG was also the Vice President of Public Relations for RAC.  I am not!  Therefore, that changes some of the ways we do business here on the blog.  I am not on the board of Directors nor am I on the executive…

“I’m just the RAC Social Media Guy…”

What that means to me is that as I am not on the board or the executive, I do not and will not speak for the Board or the Executive.

My tasking is to do the best job I can do keeping you the Amateur Radio Community informed on whats happening…

This will be a new experience for me as on my regular blog (which some of you might know of) I speak my mind and voice my opinions.  Here however by my choice I am staying quiet.  My job so to speak is to keep you informed and I will do that to the best of my abilities…

When RAC Bulletins are posted on the website I will also post them here.  I will also TWEET that they are posted here and I will put a note on the RAC FACEBOOK Group Wall as well  letting all who care to view that the bulletin is posted here and on the RAC Website.

In addition I will also TWEET and FACEBOOK out some small news items with links back either to the RAC Blog or an external source such as ARRL or EMO depending on the circumstances.  I will do my best to keep you informed and maybe even entertained.

If you have a question about whats happening drop me an email (va3qv@rac.ca) will find its way to me.  If its a criticism or a comment the same address will work fine.

Do you want to give your special event some publicity then also by all means email me and give me all the details.  Your special event is Amateur Radio News and we all want to hear about it…

Feel free to join our FACEBOOK Group and use the “Wall” to leave me comments either about my attempts to keep you in the loop or whatever you want to talk about…

If you’ve got a real beef let me know and I’ll make sure the right people find out about it real quick.  I may not be able to do much myself but I do have the attention of those who can do something about it…  Your message will be heard…

Just remember…  The original Amateur Radio Social Media device used a “Key” and not a “Keyboard”.

73 from Ottawa… Bob

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