The Canadian Amateur (TCA), Canada’s premiere national magazine devoted to Amateur Radio, is published six times per year and is the membership journal of the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC). It is available in both print and digital versions (eTCA). Members of RAC, Canada’s sole national Amateur Radio organization, receive TCA automatically. A subscription to TCA also provides membership in Radio Amateurs of Canada. RAC is also the publisher of TCA. For information on how to join Radio Amateurs of Canada and subscribe to TCA please visit our Membership Sign Up page.
At 64-pages per issue and reaching approximately 4,500 readers, TCA offers news and views on the Canadian Amateur Radio scene from coast to coast to coast. It includes regular columns, features and technical articles of interest to Amateur Radio operators. In addition, a Coming Events calendar, Feedback, QSL Bureau information and coverage of regulatory issues are also provided.
The Canadian Amateur is the vehicle to bring your message to Amateur Radio operators and communications specialists across Canada.
TCA’s circulation in both print and digital formats consists of:
- RAC members
- Amateur Radio Clubs
- Subscriptions to libraries, firms and institutions
- Government representatives
- Handouts at hamfests, fleamarkets and other events
Here is a free full-colour sample copy of TCA for downloading:
July-August 2015 TCA (2.43 MB)
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RAC membership / TCA subscription
The Canadian Amateur is included in an electronic format at discounted annual membership cost of $48 plus taxes. The paper version is available for an additional charge of $8 or $56 plus taxes.
RAC Maple Leaf Operators automatically receive the paper version as part of their membership. Life Members will be provided the electronic version or can pay the optional $8 plus taxes (annually) for the Paper version.
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The RAC Author’s Agreement
The publisher, Radio Amateurs of Canada, has prepared an Author’s Agreement for The Canadian Amateur magazine. The Agreement was prepared by RAC Honourary Legal Counsel, Marcel D. Mongeon, VA3DDD.
A copy of the Agreement and Some Explanatory Notes About the Agreement is available for downloading in pdf format from the links below.
TCA Author’s Guide
We are always looking for articles, both technical and non-technical, that are of interest to Radio Amateurs. Please send them directly to the TCA Editor at or by mail to:
The Canadian Amateur
720 Belfast Road
Canada K1G 0Z5
However, before you submit your articles please review the RAC Author’s Agreement provided above. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact the TCA Editor.
When submitting your articles please provide your contact information and indicate if you agree to the terms of the RAC Author’s Agreement. Submitted material will be reviewed to determine its suitability for publication. The reviewers will assess manuscripts in terms of such factors as: pertinence to Amateur Radio; technical soundness; timeliness; degree of interest to readers of TCA; and freedom from needless controversy. The material should be written in a clear and acceptable manner; be of an appropriate length for TCA; and be in publishable form, not requiring major editing. It should treat the topic in sufficient detail. Material must be legal, prudent and in good taste.
The editor will confirm receipt of your material and will communicate directly with you during the review process and after a decision has been made. Some articles may be published in both English and French. Any translation required will be carried out by TCA’s translation services.
TCA does not pay for published material. Your compensation will be the satisfaction of entertaining and educating other members of the Amateur Radio community.