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RAC Bulletin 2011-009E - Setting the record straight regarding the RAC Ontario Section bulletin for April 23, 2011.

Recently, the content of the above bulletin was sent to me for review. The text of the bulletin clearly, states that the current Ontario Emcomm project, ECOA, is an 'integrated partnership with the ARES Field Service.'

I would like to state to all that the above statement is false, and creates the perception that the Radio Amateurs of Canada Field Service has been involved in the process. Again, this is not the case.

The Radio Amateurs of Canada Field Service is happy to support and respect all Canadian Emcomm efforts no matter what the affiliation. We encourage support of the Field Service ARES program, but fully support and respect the work of Emcomm groups like ECOA, PERCS and others.

The main focus of the RAC Field Organization since November 2010 has been two key projects. The 'ARES Review Project' and following the March 24, 2011 Board meeting, the 'Implementation of a full new Field Organization'. Both of these projects are in full swing, with more than 30 volunteers meeting by teleconference regularly to ensure that the Radio Amateurs of Canada continues to be the 'go to' national voice of Canadian Amateurs.

This work has taken many volunteer hours, and although I won't name them, I would like to say 'thank you' to our National Secretariat, National Advisors, Special Advisors, Working Group Chairmen, Working Group members and everyone who continues to help see these projects succeed. Thanks guys - you know who you are.

I hope that the above clarification is helpful to the many RAC members who have e-mailed me with concerns.


Doug Mercer VO1DTM
Vice President Field Services
Radio Amateurs of Canada
P.O. Box 1042 Goulds
Newfoundland Labrador
A1S 1H2