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For immediate release
In October 2017, Marcel Mongeon, VA3DDD, our Honorary Legal Counsel, and I met with the President and Director General of Radioamateur du Québec (RAQI) to consider how our two organizations could work together for mutual advantage. We agreed on a program of closer cooperation and are beginning several initiatives early in 2018.
RAC operates an Outgoing QSL Bureau for its members as does RAQI. In the face of the declining use of QSL cards and increased postal costs it makes sense for us to work together. We have agreed that the RAC Outgoing QSL Bureau will become the only Outgoing QSL Bureau for Canada. The former RAQI Outgoing Bureau will become a branch of the RAC Outgoing Bureau and will continue to receive cards from RAQI members, sort them and then forward the cards to the RAC Bureau, sharing the efforts of our combined operation. RAQI will pay RAC an amount based on the volume of RAQI cards we process. The new arrangement will commence on January 1, 2018.
RAC will also promote outside of Quebec an online Amateur Radio course offered by RAQI. For Canadians who are working to obtain their Amateur Radio certification, this will make available another method that is particularly useful for those unable to attend courses offered by local clubs. RAC will receive a portion of the registration fees for all those outside of Quebec who register for this course.
Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
RAC President and Chair