The end of day one

It’s been a day of reports and debate and consensus and progress that will benefit all amateur radio operators in Canada. We’re half way through the annual meeting of the board of directors of Radio Amateurs of Canada and I’m delighted to have been part of the executive group.

It’s amazing how much time and effort is put in behind the scenes by RAC members working individually or on committees across the country.

Your executive and board looked at ways to increase membership, increased revenues, increase services and focus our limited time and efforts as volunteers to create the best possible environment for ham radio in Canada.

For example, who is representing you at meetings with Industry Canada and the International Amateur Radio Union? Why it’s RAC volunteers. They are helping us protect your precious band spectrum allotments which are being coveted by powerful commercial lobbies. Thanks to them, you are represented at Regional 2 meetings that coordinate amateur radio use in this part of the world.

You can’t image how cumbersome and complicated it can be to get new frequency allotments and yet some of our more dedicated volunteers have been sitting in these meetings sometimes for years before they see some results.

These are exciting time for ham radio in Canada and especially for members of Radio Amateurs of Canada. If you’re not already a member, I’d invite you to join us by renewing your current membership or signing up for your first membership. When it comes to ham radio in Canada, RAC with member benefits such as The Canadian Amateur and the outgoing and incoming QSL bureau (which for some of us, pays back our membership costs almost instantly) and the club insurance program, there are scores of reasons why you should join us today.

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