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Statement of RAC Board Support for the Field Services

The RAC Field Organization is national in scope and comprises eight Sections, each headed by an elected Section Manager. The basic functions of the Field Organization are listed below, as well as information regarding the Regional Amateur Radio Alert Network and the Public Service Honour Roll. Click on the above links to find detailed information on your area of interest.

Public Service Communications

Amateur Radio exists as a frequency spectrum user because it qualifies as a service. Its continued existence depends to a great degree not on the service it has performed in the past, or on its simple potential for service, but on what service it is performing now and will continue to perform in the future. Recognizing this principle, the U.S. American Radio Relay League in 1935 organized what is known now as the Amateur Radio Emergency Service™ (ARES). In 1949, the ARRL created the National Traffic System (NTS). These two organizations are sponsored throughout Canada by Radio Amateurs of Canada. The emergency-preparedness program of ARES combines with the daily traffic-handling program of the NTS to produce a single strong facility for rendering continuous service to the public. The emergency-preparedness program of ARES is kept up to date by frequent drills and tests. In an emergency, the NTS serves as the vehicle for relay of traffic over medium and long distances while local ARES nets take care of local communications and deliveries. Close liaison is maintained between these two divisions at a national and local level.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES)

The ARES is composed of licenced radio amateurs who have voluntarily registered their qualifications and equipment for communications duty in the public service when disaster strikes. Every licenced radio amateur, whether or not a member of RAC or any other local or regional organization, is eligible for membership in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). The only qualification is a sincere desire to serve. The possession of emergency-powered equipment is desirable but not a requirement. Interested operators may text11b. "Any and all use of the RAC AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE & DESIGN trade-mark requires a written licence or permission from Radio Amateurs of Canada Incorporated."

New Official RAC ARES Safety Vest

The RAC Amateur Radio Emergency Service now has an official safety vest for use by all members of the ARES. For more information, please click HERE.

National Traffic System

The NTS is the principal facility for medium to long range traffic. It is organized on the basis of daily operation, in consonance with the operating habits of the average radio amateur. In emergencies, NTS is geared to go into continuous operation in accordance with the needs and the extent of the particular emergency.

New RAC Team For National Support to Public Service

The RAC Field Organization has named four persons who have agreed to fill newly-created departments in support of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service and the National Traffic System. As of February 1, 2008, the following volunteers assume their respective roles: Hew Lines, VA7HU, RAC National Traffic System Coordinator (NTSC); David Drinnan, VE9FK, RAC ARES National Training Coordinator (NTC); Ken Oelke, VE6AFO, RAC ARES National Emergency Coordinator (NEC); and Drew Watson, VA7DR, Manager of the RAC National Amateur Radio Emergency Database (NARED). These are support functions and will not supersede or replace Section appointments. RAC extends sincere thanks to these individuals for their unselfish willingness to serve. Descriptions of these new positions may be viewed HERE.

Official Bulletin Service

Rapid dissemination of information is the lifeblood of an active, progressive organization. The RAC Official Bulletin Service Network provides a vital communications link for informing the amateur radio community of the latest developments in Amateur Radio and RAC. The Official Bulletin Manager in each RAC Section is responsible for recruiting and supervising a team of Official Bulletin Stations to disseminate such news and information of interest to amateurs in the Section and to provide a means of getting the information to the OBS appointees.

Official Observer Service

This program was developed to encourage the traditional high standards on the amateur radio bands. The program objective is to reinforce good operating habits. Punishing bad operating habits is the task of enforcement by Industry Canada. A thorough knowledge of the Radiocommunication Regulations and the Radiocommunication Information Circulars (RICs) is a necessity in performing Official Observer functions.

Regional Amateur Radio Alert Network

A new service, the Regional Amateur Radio Alert Network (RARAN), has been set up by RAC's Field Services to support the AMBER Alert, a voluntary co-operative plan with various supporters, including radio/television stations, certain commercial interests and provincial transportation ministries. It is operated by and for the police. The plan calls for police to provide critical information concerning a confirmed child abduction, which could assist in locating the child, to the public. So far, Amateur Radio operators in Ontario and British Columbia have volunteered to form the networks and RARAN is active in both Sections. If you are willing and able to participate in either network, you are encouraged to register by clicking on your respective province (above). More information about the AMBER Alert in Canada can be obtained at http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/omc-ned/news-nouv/amber-eng.htm.

Any Radio Amateur wishing to assist in setting up a RARAN in a province not yet having one should contact their Section Manager and the RAC Vice President Field Services.

Public Service Honour Roll

In each Public Service column published in The Canadian Amateur (TCA), the Public Service Honour Roll (PSHR) recognizes the efforts of Amateur Radio operators who are active in many aspects of public service. This includes net operations, traffic handling, emergency operations and public service communication support. It's likely that you're already involved with some aspect of Amateur Radio that would apply to the Public Service Honour Roll(PSHR). CLICK HERE for information.

Note: In Canada the Amateur Radio Emergency Service and the RAC ARES logo are registered trade-marks of Radio Amateurs of Canada Inc. with registration number TMA716313 issued by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office of Industry Canada.  Any and all use of the RAC AMATEUR EMERGENCY SERVICE AND DESIGN trade-mark requires licence or permission from Radio Amateurs of Canada Incorporated.