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?