Where Is The RAC Membership Drive?

There are 700,000 US Amateur Radio Operators in the USA according to the ARRL.

If we use the normal 10 per cent gauge we should have 70,000 licensed Amateurs in Canada?

How many do we have in reality? Well nobody knows!

Industry Canada isn’t keeping track nor is our national association Radio Amateurs of Canada. The situations is so grim that a regional provincial director is reported to have said at an open meeting of a large radio club that increasing membership isn’t a priority at RAC.

Maybe the priority at RAC should be a new board and executive?

Can’t say I’m optimistic about the current bunch with the exception of the Bill Unger, VE3XT (who is leading the charge in Ontario to get a permanent exception for Hams to Bill 118 the distracted driving legislation) and is working hard on our behalf.

If Bill ran for president of RAC I’d support him especially if there was a new slate that came in with him.

I can’t believe how easily I get sucked in (this is a self-induced behaviour) but damn it, it’s my favourite hobby and I hate to see it be hobbled in the manner it has been for the last few years.

Surely we can do better than this?

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About Peter West

I am retired. I'm invested into bike riding, guitar playing, yoga and Ham Radio. I am a former photojournalist, newspaper and magazine editor and public relations practitioner with national, regional and local experience. A long-time member of Toastmasters International and an active Amateur Radio (Ham) operator here in Canada I am taking on new challenges.

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