Bill Gade, VE4WO, RAC’s regulatory affairs officer is to be commended for his immediate and forceful defence of our Amateur Radio spectrum when it appeared that officials with the Canadian Paragliding National Championships being held in Pemberton, B.C. were advocating that non-licensed participants use the VHF frequency of 146.415 MHz.
In a RAC bulletin sent yesterday Bill says that although RAC normally doesn’t discuss enforcement issues which are ongoing (which is typical RAC crap as we’re not the enforcement agency but the member-drive association for all Amateur Radio operators in Canada and our volunteer executive and board shouldn’t be keeping secrets from the members with the sole exception of personnel matters that involve paid staff) but anyway here’s the news:
IC told the paragliders to get a grip and get off our frequencies.
Way to go Bill and way to go RAC.
BUT remember this action is a management function. We expect our national association to protect our interests. This is not to be confused with vision or leadership.
Sorry but that’s how it is. I’m not going to get all giddy because RAC did something it is supposed to do although I am grateful and acknowledge the quick action and hard work.
I got into RAC (for my sins) after a run-in with Oakville’s building department and a next door neighbour (who 10 years down the road still isn’t talking to us. This is a good thing!) when it came to erecting my tower.
RAC executive members were very quick to offer support, information and encouragement within hours of my initial emails. It wasn’t until I got on the executive that I discovered how ineffective I would become.