How To Get RAC’s Mojo Back

Amateur Radio isn’t one hobby, it’s scores of hobbies (building, testing, antennas, station design, contesting, casual operating, QRP, satellites, DX, SWL, QSLs, CW, SSB, digital, SDR, propagation, mobile, pedestrian HF mobile, D-Star, ARES and the list goes on and on).

It attracts a certain demographic and peculiar philosophical outlook on life. Our members include movie stars, country and western singers, members of government, astronauts, rocket scientists, admirals (one was on the US joint chiefs of staff), cab drivers, students, the unemployed, the unemployable, retirees and the list goes on and on.

There’s more than enough fun for everyone regardless of who they are.

So what should RAC do to get its mojo back?

Wouldn’t the simplest thing be to attract more Canadians to join our ranks and then to join our national association?

Shouldn’t that be job one?

Of course this would take some vision (Damn there’s that pesky word again.) and some planning but it would give our members a purpose for being a member because together we’re stronger.

Yes defence of our bands and privileges is a noble cause and should continue as should our representation with government (which currently is virtually non-existent) and international agencies (International Amateur Radio Union) which is mystery to most and may well be an expense we can’t afford.

What we don’t need is more of what we’ve been getting. (See previous posts for details.)

I’m not sure RAC can survive the current situation.

To quote Proverbs 28:18: “Where there is no vision the people perish.”

What we need is visionary leadership. What we’ve got is ineffective management.

Is it any wonder RAC is not growing and instead is becoming less and less relevant and effective?


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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.

2 thoughts on “How To Get RAC’s Mojo Back

  1. Right on the money, Peter – as usual.

    Our national amateur radio organization’s constituency is so much broader than its existing 4000 plus member base. Imagine membership 5 times the current number – something I believe entirely doable.

    BTW, ARRL membership is north of 154,000 US members, plus 7000 from other countries, an unfair comparison perhaps, given their organization, products, funding model and world-wide appeal. Nevertheless, the difference is staggering. Canada’s only national amateur radio organization can do better – really.

    Given Canadian amateur demographics, organization renewal (transformation) has never been so urgent. Experts might call it a “critical success factor”. But it’s more than that. I believe it’s critical to the very survival of our national amateur radio organization.

    And all it takes is the will – the desire to transform – vision and strategy, coupled with the appropriate communications plan, for starters.

    Now here’s the thing. Along that path, the organization would discover an enormous treasure trove of talent and good will – the hearts and minds of Canada’s amateur radio constituency – far beyond the current membership base.

    Let there be no doubt – this will require a collaborative effort of local clubs and provincial organizations, of related associations and special interest groups, all supported by a belief in “what can be”.

    But first, leadership must lead – and it must lead from the front.

    John VE1OZ / HK3C
    Life Member of RAC and ARRL

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