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About RAC

Radio Amateurs of Canada is a not-for-profit membership association with headquarters in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. It is a national organization, 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. For a brief history of RAC and its founding organizations click here.

As an organization we stand for the principles expressed in our Core Values. Our objectives are part of our Constitution.

The Board of Directors of RAC is composed of seven Regional Directors elected by the membership, and is chaired by the President. All directors, as well as the President, are volunteers, and serve without remuneration. The RAC Board is responsible for the Policies which guide and direct Radio Amateurs of Canada. In addition to their legal role in making policy decisions, the member-elected RAC Directors actively participate in RAC management through membership in various committees. There are Standing Committees, Ad Hoc Committees and Advisory Committees.

The National Executive, elected by the Board, consists of a President, Vice Presidents, a Secretary, a Treasurer and an Honorary Legal Counsel. All are volunteers. RAC also employs a full time General Manager. The Executive are responsible for managing RAC on a day-to-day basis.

Radio Amateurs of Canada is also a network of volunteer radio amateurs across the country who operate the National Field Organization including the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), the National Traffic System (NTS), the Official Bulletin Service and the Official Observer Service.

Our bimonthly association magazine, The Canadian Amateur, contains news items and articles contributed by the Amateur Radio community and by various members of the RAC Executive.

For Frequently Asked Questions about RAC Management click here.