Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) is the national association for Amateur Radio in Canada. It is a not-for-profit membership association with headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, representing the interests of Amateur Radio all across Canada. Speaking on behalf of Canadian Radio Amateurs, RAC provides liaison with government agencies and carries the Amateur voice about regulatory and spectrum issues to the discussion table with government and industry leaders, nationally and internationally. RAC is the Canadian voting member society of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). RAC also provides many services, publications and supplies to its members to enhance their enjoyment of Amateur Radio.
Radio Amateurs of Canada represents all Canadian Amateurs at all levels of government:
1) At the local level it works with municipalities on such issues as regulations governing the placement of antennas. It also assists Amateur Radio clubs and other organizations in Public Service and Emergency Services (ARES) functions throughout the year. RAC also provides assistance to members wishing to install antennas and towers following Industry Canada’s (now called Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada) tower policy including CPC-2-0-03.
2) At the regional/provincial/territorial level it also works with governments on such issues as Distracted Driving Legislation and Emergency Services.
3) At the national level it represents all Amateurs on the Canadian Amateur Radio Advisory Board and works with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada on important issues such as tower legislation, RF interference and spectrum grabs by business. It costs RAC thousands of dollars to maintain membership in the Radio Advisory Board of Canada and to attend spectrum planning and interference meetings on your behalf and your RAC membership helps to pay these costs.
4) At the international level RAC is a member of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) which works with the UN’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to preserve and expand our frequency spectrum allocations. RAC pays its IARU dues based on the total number of Amateurs in Canada, and not just RAC members so it needs the support of members. RAC also sponsors a representative at the World Radiocommunication Conferences in Geneva, Switzerland to protect existing spectrum and open new spectrum such as the recent allocation at 60 metres at WRC-15. It is expensive to send a representative to Geneva and RAC coordinates the Defence of the Amateur Radio Fund so that Amateurs can contribute to this cost.
5) And beyond…: RAC also supports the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) and provides opportunities for students to experience the thrill of communicating with astronauts on the International Space Station.
All of the above items are just some examples on the important role that RAC plays in protecting the Amateur Radio Service and ensuring that all Canadian Amateurs can enjoy their hobby.
What we Offer:
All of the above items are intangible benefits that RAC members enjoy but RAC members also enjoy tangible benefits including:
The Canadian Amateur (TCA) magazine, Canada’s premiere national magazine devoted to Amateur Radio, is published six times per year and is available in both print and digital (eTCA) formats
The RAC Affiliated Club Program provides documents and other useful material to help local Amateur Radio clubs to be more efficient and provide more useful programs for their members.
The RAC Affiliated Club Liability Insurance Program provides affordable $5 million liability insurance for RAC-affiliated Amateur Radio clubs and their members.
The RAC QSL Bureau System distributes QSL cards for RAC member to countries around the world
The RAC Youth Education Program provides support to teachers and schools wishing to implement an Amateur Radio program or project.
The RAC Foundation Program applies member donations to provide financial support through scholarships, research and equipment grants.
The RAC Field Organization coordinates traffic handling and emergency communications across Canada. Help your community by joining the RAC-sponsored Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and/or the National Traffic System (NTS).
The RAC Certified Emergency Coordinator Program provides certificates to ARES Emergency Coordinators who pass a rigorous examination on emergency measures structures and procedures. RAC issues the CEPT and IARP international permits so you can operate your station in many countries without additional permission. Note: CEPT and IARP FAQ info is provided here.
Two annual RAC contests: the RAC Canada Day Contest on July 1 and the RAC Canada Winter Contest in late December. Join the fun from 160m to 2m.
The RAC Operating Awards: the Canadaward, Transcanada, St. Lawrence Seaway and Provincial Capitals
The RAC website gets you surfing the World Wide Web with Amateur Radio news, info, call sign directory, antenna programs and links to other powerful resources.
Our volunteers work hard to provide you with these benefits. We also need your financial support to carry on our work!