The following information has been received from the Radio Amateurs of Canada
As part of the transition to the new Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) program, RAC Community Officer (CSO), Jason Tremblay, VE3JXT, has been following a video series presented by the Radio Amateur Training Planning and Activities Committee (RATPAC) on Thursday evenings.
This series of weekly disaster communications presentations provided via the Zoom videoconferencing platform is called “Emergency Management’s Expectations of Amateur Radio” and focuses on government, non-government agencies and organizations served by Amateur Radio in one way or another during a disaster. Although the presentations are currently based in America, they cover many similar issues and concerns found here in Canada.
The role of the Auxiliary Communications Service in Canada will also be to supplement, or augment communications for local, provincial or national emergency management groups and non-government organizations when required.
On Thursday, October 7, Jason will be joining a group of presenters in the RATPAC series to offer a look at the differences in emergency management in Canada and the United States, and to discuss why Radio Amateurs of Canada is developing an Auxiliary Communications program. For more information about the presentation and the video series please visit:
Although not affiliated with the American Radio Relay League, RATPAC is made up of ARRL Section Managers, appointed ARRL field leaders, and other members of the Amateur Radio community.
It hosts Zoom presentations twice weekly for Amateur Radio operators worldwide: Wednesdays on general radio topics; and Thursdays on Amateur Radio emergency communications. The presentation audience participates directly in the Zoom sessions and/or indirectly with video links and related documentation sent out after each session.
RAC will also be hosting a coast to coast Zoom session in January 2022 to cover the new direction in detail. Stay tuned to the RAC website and the pages of The Canadian Amateur magazine for more information.
Jason Tremblay, VE3JXT
RAC Community Services Officer