“To blog or not to blog, that is the question”… William Shakespeare must be turning over in his grave at the number of times that the famous soliloquy from Hamlet is misused and abused to make some kind of point. I am blogging for the first time so I have answered the question that I posed to myself some time ago. There is a first time for everything. [Hopefully I won’t end up like the proponent in a Shakespearean tragedy].
RAC has a number of instruments to reach members [and non-members], there is TCA (a quality journal that punches above its weight), the e-mail Bulletins (Don’t hesitate to subscribe!), the website and the blog.
Someone said to me “the blog is a way to have a conversation with amateurs” and I like conversations.
Anyone reading the website and this blog is a person who is an amateur or has an interest in amateur radio. My kind of person. If you are not an amateur, RAC can steer you in the right direction to become one. If you are an amateur then you know that RAC is “amateurs helping amateurs”. We amateurs need to stick together, and help others… and we do help others… but you knew that. We also talk to the word and you know that too.
You also probably know that many people are no longer impressed that we can talk to the world. One fine day, after I had proudly contacted a Spanish station through a wall of static on SSB during solar minimum, my teenage son noted that he was playing on the internet with team members from Australia, Great Britain, and Germany on an internet game [with full quieting]. He was not impressed with my static filled chat with Barcelona.
Hmmm … once amateurs had a virtual monopoly on long distance and portable communication. That is no longer true and because that is no longer true we don’t have the same respect of the public which means that we don’t have the same influence on government which means that we have become subject [sometimes as an unintended consequence] to restrictive regulations from the various levels of government. Consider the distracted driver legislation passed in many provinces and the fact that the regulatory net scooped amateur radio. It was a fight in many jurisdictions to become exempt. In one jurisdiction [despite its large number of amateurs] the battle was lost [at least temporarily].
What is my point? We need to consider how we can positively impact public opinion. I am not an expert in this by any means. Touting our horn is not our style but …Anyway, I was told a blog is a conversation. Perhaps I am reading the public landscape incorrectly [my wife points out that I occasionally make errors].
Geoff ve4baw President RAC