As a first step, I’m beginning with what I believe. I’ve compiled three basic principles that I think should be critical steering points for RAC the next two years:
Grow the Hobby
Protect The Resources
Serve the Community
Each of these is from the perspective of serving ALL amateurs interests, not just paid RAC members.
I’ll speak to each of these below – the sub points are not complete – but as examples :
1. Grow the Hobby
What’s good for the hobby in Canada is good for RAC. Grow the hobby, strengthen RAC.
This is about supporting the Clubs with helpful info & coordination
It’s about education for new Hams and more education for existing Hams.
It’s not limited to existing RAC members. Create value and Amateurs will join (I’m an optimist – Build It and they will come.)
2. Protect The Resources
National Frequencies and Band rights
Regional / Provincial privileges (like Mobile operating)
Local Tower / Antenna rights (And tools to help local Clubs influence Local Government)
Inbound and Outbound QSL Bureaus (time and attention to ensure we support these)
3. Serve the Community
- Clearly ARES is a component of this goal. It’s an important to realistically build out a capability that can act locally and yet draw from the strengths / best practices of others
- Serve the community is also a daily act, and again this means club support (road races, cycling events, commonwealth games)
- Extent Amateur Radio’s reach to encompass other constituencies (senior programs, community colleges, military, elementary & secondary education thru technical and “Hour of Code” type programs)
- Be “PR aware” promoting our wins and heroes to gain public support (and therefore government support), at all levels.