[AMRadio] ARRL bandwidth scheme not accepted

VJB wa3vjb at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 8 15:01:38 EST 2005

Hi Bob, 
Thanks for your thoughts. I'm totally with you on the
need for Newington to poll its constituents BEFORE
acting on a major policy or regulatory proposal like
this one. 

It's as if they're living in the days when the U.S.
needed an Electoral College for the White House,
because the "voters" were sometimes uneducated and
could not be expected to know the issues.

But people reply to the idea of representative
lobbying (and that's what the League is, despite what
they may tell you) by saying the election of
Directors, like yourself, is where the voters make
their decision. After that, the feeling goes,  it's up
to those Directors to develop and implement matters on
behalf of the greater Amateur community.

Too bad that system has been discredited by the
laundry list of bad moves that could have been avoided
by the leadership in Newington, had they only alllowed
popular opinion and asked some people for guidance on
what they should do.

(Um, BEFORE they go and do it, not as a blind email
box to send reaction to regarding matters that are
already decided, a-henh !)


--- Bob Scupp <rascupp at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Paul and Everyone-
> I am a former ARRL Rocky Mountain Division
> Vice-Director who served two terms (1990-1994). My
> main issue with any League proposal is that they do
> not site research through membership and/or Amateur
> Radio community surveys for their rule-making
> petitions. They also are usually the same on other
> Board, Executive committee reasoning's and decision
> making. As a League member since 1969 and Life
> Member
> since 1976 I feel that my membership plague makes me
> a
> sort of stockholder. How about more emphasis on ARRL
> membership surveys on these issues? Even magazines
> like CQ are more into that than the ARRL. The answer
> has been obvious since the League was founded in
> 1914.
> Keep the control behind the doors of their meetings
> in
> their own hands. Sorry if this upsets anyone but I
> have had the pleasure of looking at it on the inside
> out for four years. I however have chosen to stick
> by
> them only because they are the only national
> organization to represent us of it's kind. It does
> not
> mean I disagree with everything they do. I certainly
> do agree they could have done better than the
> regulation by bandwidth proposal as it now stands.
> Especially when it comes to the long-term classic,
> traditional modes like AM.
> Best 73's,
> Bob K5SEP
> Kilowatt Five Sporadic E Propagation

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