Back To The Future Again

If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is compromise.” – Fritz

So as I sit here giddy with excitement over last weekend’s ARRL CW contest successes, I ponder on what is the possible future for Amateur Radio in Canada.

In the simplest terms possible, so that even the most obtuse among us can understand, here’s what I’d propose we should do:

  1. Let us commit to representing all amateur radio operators in Canada and not just a dwindling few ageing old boys (and girls);
  2. Let us build our national organization numbers so as to fund the above*;
  3. Let us make a priority the introduction of new amateurs into our community**;
  4. Let us move from a management style of administration to one that values vision***;
  5. Let us support those executives who work for the betterment of our hobby and bid adieu to those who aren’t pulling their weight****;
  6. Let us seek to heal the rifts that have developed in our national public service arm and end the development of massive plans without consultation;
  7. It’s critical we re-establish relations with Industry Canada*****;
  8. The second uppermost priority of the executive should be to advocate for the future of Amateur Radio with government at all levels*****:
  9. Let us commit to communicating on a daily basis with our members*******:
  10. Finally, and perhaps mercifully so, let’s include Quebec. Our lack of membership in Quebec is shameful and an indication of something fundamentally wrong with our organization and how we’ve run it in the past.
* Job one should be to design an organization that is inclusive of all amateurs and not just those who can afford or are so inclined to pay dues. What’s needed is a membership drive. Other organizations do them all the time. Ours…not so much. Isn’t there an Idiot’s Guide at Chapters?
**Likely through our clubs and consider creating a new “textbook” using Apple’s new text publisher app. We should set a target of increasing our numbers by 10 per cent per year.
BTW you find young people in high schools.
*** Read CQ Canada* for info on vision. Brilliant, passionate and read by hundreds of amateurs in Canada. Not so popular with administrators.
**** You’ll know who is pulling their weight by how often you hear from them on an annual, monthly, weekly or, dare I say, daily basis. I only hear one voice and infrequently at that. Where are the rest of the guys?
***** Technological advancements are going to put pressure on our allotted frequencies. Our relationship with Industry Canada is crucial to our future. Right now, I have no idea where we stand.
****** That’s not happening now at all as witness the lack of results when it comes to permanent relief from Ontario’s distracted driving Bill 118. One meeting doesn’t a campaign make.
******* RAC is still using a spark-gap method to communicate with members. Let’s at least go to AM mode on our way to actual digital communications. You can blog daily but of course you need something to say and the ability to say it at least one of our official languages. What does it say about RAC that I talk more about RAC than RAC talks about RAC?
The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.”  – Michelangelo
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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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