Why should any of us join Radio Amateurs of Canada?
It’s simple. As Canadian amateur radio operators we need:
- To speak with one voice to Industry Canada and our national politicians;
- To be represented on international radio regulating committees and national and provincial decision-making groups;
- To grow amateur radio in Canada by attracting new members especially new younger members (I’ll settle for anyone under 50.);
- To maintain and grow our national readiness to help our fellow Canadians in times of need (The Fukushima reactors were built to survive known conditions. Oops!)
- To foster better relations with amateurs in all regions of Canada (I’m thinking here of Quebec where we have almost zero representation).
So why shouldn’t you join RAC?
- With the exceptions of point 2 to some extent (thanks to one or two dedicated volunteers) and point 4 (where there’s already been some discussion about how ARES will survive the demise of RAC), none of the above has happened or is happening.
Now there’s been RAC board decision to eliminate all the callsign@RAC.CA address for all non-members. This is staggeringly shortsighted. It’s something I’d expect from a small-minded club executive but not the leaders of our national organization. It’s no way to attract new members or endear yourself to your existing shrinking membership base.
One or two more decisions like this one and I doubt we’ll have to concern ourselves about the current national organization anymore.