[AMRadio] ARRL Agenda

VJB wa3vjb at yahoo.com
Tue Dec 6 06:58:23 EST 2005

Very Simple, Pete:

The ARRL's Board of Directors approved their proposal
to find ways to encourage the growth of digital. That
is an agenda, or mission, if you will.

Next up, the empaneling of a group of guys by the
unelected ARRL President, Jim Haynie. He picked these
people without any published criteria to ensure that
the "ad hoc digital committee" would stick with its
mission, and that the work would be carried out in a
balanced fashion.

The result of that panel was not limited to finding a
way to encourage the growth of digital. It suffered
mission-creep in this agenda, and has instead led to
the Newington group's scheme to reorganize the
coordination of all mainstream, popular modes and

The embryonic category of "digital," a specialty at
best, is now driving the entire hobby, as the League
sees it. There is no mandate, federal or otherwise, to
switch to this category, yet the agenda has been
allowed to take priority.

I hope this clarifies for you and others puzzled that
people are understandably concerned about this group's
work, at a time they represent only 20 percent of the
licensed Amateur population.


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