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RAC would like to congratulate Phil McBride, VA3QR/VA3KP, on his re-election as RAC Director for the Ontario South Region. Phil was elected by the members of the region and will take office immediately to complete the two-year term ending December 31, 2019.
This election brought out one of the highest turnouts in recent RAC elections showing the strong interest Ontario South members take in their National Organization.
Phil was first elected as the RAC Director for the Ontario South Region in September 2015. His complete bio is provided below.
Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
RAC President and Chair
Philip A. McBride, VA3QR/VA3KPJ
Amateur Radio has been my passion for more than half of my life. First licensed in 1994, I currently hold my Advanced + Morse Code Operator Certificate. I have been a supporter of RAC since shortly after joining my first Amateur Radio club in 1995, and I am currently a Maple Leaf Member. Prior to being elected to the RAC Board of Directors, I have served as both Emergency Coordinator and Assistant Section Manager in the RAC Field Organization.
The past two years have been very eventful for me. Aside from my responsibilities as a Board member, I was the licensee and sole Canadian member of the 2016 CY9C St. Paul Island DXpedition which garnered 64,000+ QSOs. I also had the honour and privilege to operate the commemorative TM100VIMY station at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial in Vimy, France this past April. Emergency and Disaster Communications remain one of my primary focuses in Amateur Radio.
I am a RAC Certified Emergency Coordinator, and an active member of the Canadian Forces Affiliate Radio System. Locally, Iím an active member of the Guelph Amateur Radio Club, and I host the VE3YAP APRS Digipeater, and Layer-2 Ontario APRS I-Gate and Server.
During my first term as Ontario South Director, I have spent as much time as possible meeting and getting to know the Amateurs in my constituent area, and have worked to solve whatever problems that have been brought to me by the membership. Additionally, I have brought my 17+ years of business experience to the RAC Audit and Finance Committee, where I help to manage the finances of the organization and ensure continued stability and viability.
Finally, I have worked with my counterpart in Ontario North-East to ensure that Amateur Radio operators in Ontario retain the ability to operate mobile under Ontarioís Distracted Driving regulations. At time of writing, we have had a very enlightening and productive meeting with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and are anticipating a positive and permanent resolution on this matter.
I look forward to being able to continue the important work that RAC does for the Canadian Amateur Radio community and represent the RAC members in Ontario South.
Phil McBride, VA3QR/VA3KPJ
RAC Ontario South Director