Got this email recently –
Your membership in Radio Amateurs of Canada will expire on 2012-09-08. We look forward to having you join us for another year. You can go to http://www.rac.ca/en/members/myprofile/renew/ to renew your membership now and avoid receiving further notices.
If you would prefer to renew by telephone please call the RAC office at 877-273-8304. If you prefer to send a cheque we will be sending you a form in the mail in approximately a month with the correct amount.
Radio Amateurs of Canada
Ok, no mention of the cost/benefits.. Seems the only benefit to renewing is avoidance of further notifications. Stop it, you’re over-motivating me and flooding me with information. In fact, the way to find out what the cost of renewal, is to click through and stop just before the payment screen, and you find out it’s $54.
What do I get for that $54? What did it get me last year?
I got a nice certificate saying I was a member. And 6 issues of “The Canadian Amateur”, which in all honesty I find to be a good magazine and a fun read, even if it’s been a little light sometimes.
Somehow, I was expecting more from RAC. I’m not sure what I was expecting to be honest, after all, I am a new ham, but I find I get much more out of sites like eham or QRZ than I do from RAC. I also joined RAQI last year (the Quebec provincial club), and I get more out of that then my RAC investment.
So what’s a 2nd year Canadian Ham to do? I don’t see a return on my membership dollar. I won’t bash RAC, I’m sure they are nice folks with good intentions, and I may come back at some point. If they offered a magazine-only subscription for a more reasonable price I’d look into it, but $54 didn’t get me much this year.
For year 2 of my Ham-life though, I think I’ll try an ARRL membership,