Frank Davis, VO1HP – Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame
Radio Amateurs of Canada recognizes deserving Amateurs by appointments to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. A Call for Nominations is issued annually in the July/August issue of The Canadian Amateur magazine.
Nominations may be submitted at any time of the year, but nominations for consideration in the current year must be submitted to RAC Headquarters by the last business day of September (September 27) by using the Nomination Form which is available for download from the RAC website at: https://wp.rac.ca/carhof/
Note: In June 2018, the Board of Trustees modified the process of nomination of a candidate for election to the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. The nomination should be kept confidential and known only to the nominator(s). The person being nominated should not be made aware of the nomination nor be asked for his or her approval to be nominated.
The Constitution of the Hall specifies that the appointment as Member of the Hall is for “outstanding achievement and excellence of the highest degree, for serious and sustained service to Amateur Radio in Canada, or to Amateur Radio at large”. So what does all that mean? The Trustees of the Hall have interpreted the Constitution to mean that the person has performed significant service over many years to enhance the well-being of Amateur Radio. For example, the Amateur may have served on: Canada’s national Amateur Radio organizations (the Canadian Radio Relay League, the Canadian Amateur Radio Federation or Radio Amateurs of Canada); technical, regulatory or international committees; and/or Provincial or local associations such as repeater or emergency councils. He or she may have become proficient in one or more areas of expertise and then shared this knowledge with other Amateurs by publishing articles, giving classes or providing seminars. They may have given back to Amateur Radio by becoming Accredited Examiners or teaching classes (Basic, Advanced and Morse Code) for several years. No single achievement would necessarily qualify an Amateur for the Hall of Fame, but a lifetime of service would be favourable. Look at the list of Hall Members provided on the CARHOF webpage and you will find Amateurs who have made distinguished contributions in many areas.
A person who is not a resident of Canada may be appointed only as an Honorary Member of the Hall. Nomination or appointment for Member or Honorary Member of the Hall may be after the death of the nominee.
Please get together with your fellow Amateurs or club members and submit a nomination or two. Let us avoid the situation where no nominations are received as in past years. Let’s not wait until a worthy Amateur becomes a Silent Key before he or she is honoured.
All nominations must include a biographical sketch and three references.
For more information please visit the RAC website at: https://wp.rac.ca/carhof/
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