[AMRadio] "My ARRL, Right or Wrong...!!!"


Greg Mijal bluebirdtele at embarqmail.com
Thu Apr 24 12:44:48 EDT 2008


Come to think of it.  I'm still Po'd  at them for the incentive licensing
malarky from the late 1960's
Never have joined the ARRL.  Probably never will..
73's
Greg
WA7LYO
Kinston NC
----- Original Message -----
From: "Todd, KA1KAQ" <ka1kaq at gmail.com>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service"
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Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2008 9:56 AM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] "My ARRL, Right or Wrong...!!!"


> On Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 6:39 AM, EP Swynar <gswynar at durham.net> wrote:
> > Hi Paul et al,
>
> >  I honestly HAVE tried to engage the folks in Newington in the matter of
> >  League policy on several occasions, before ultimately letting my
membership
> >  lapse --- and all I ever got back for my efforts was the proverbial
> >  "stonewall", or the usual "party line."
>
> My experience as well, Eddy. Tried membership when I was first
> licensed in the early 80s, got discouraged and dropped it after a few
> years. A decade or so later, some big promises about the League
> listening and acting on the member's wishes were promoted ("you need
> to be a member to have a voice" and other BS), gave in another try for
> 3 years. Ended up feeling like I'd been lied to in order to raise
> membership numbers.
>
> Not only were my reps not listening, they were openly hostile to
> anything involving tubes, AM, and so on. When asking one Tom Frenaye
> why they wouldn't run some basic articles on a simple 1 or 2 tube 40m
> CW transmitter or such to teach newcomers the basics and offer them a
> means beyond buying a new Yaecomwood to get on the air, I received the
> ARRL official eye-roll, explanations about no one being interested in
> 'that stuff', new rigs being too complex for users to maintain
> themselves, and so on. This happened on several occasions, generally
> accompanied by the 'oh, great - another one of them' comments between
> the ARRL rep and the guy at the table selling ARRL books. They just
> shook their heads in disgust and talked down to me, apparently hoping
> to discourage me from pursuing my current interest in amateur radio.
>
> It had the exact opposite result, of course: it made me see just how
> broken and backwards the ARRL had become, and made clear to me why
> some 80% of licensed hams opt *not* to be members. As Irb used to say,
> "That's quite a message!"
>
> In all my years, I've never heard any AMer or classic gear user
> suggest or support the banning of any mode - SSB, CW, or otherwise.
> Not once. I have heard many complaints about the level of
> intelligence, sloppy operating habits, etc of some SSB users, but that
> issue is not mode-specific.
>
> We've all heard folks from other modes call for the banning of AM, and
> despite the occasional 'pay no attention to that man behind the
> curtain' remarks from the ARRL, it's quite clear that they do not
> support the mode of AM to the same level as, say - SSB contesting - if
> at all.
>
> The fact that QST is no longer promoted as a technical publication is
> a clear indication of the path taken by the League, and no doubt helps
> explain why some of us refer to them as the Amateur Radio Retail
> Lobby. Not only do they not promote the basics of amateur radio like
> homebrewing (old or new technology), they downright discourage it.
> That is not an opinion, it is based on factual comments by the ARRL
> director for our area and others.
>
> IMO, it's not up to us to go back and give them yet *another*
> opportunity to kick us in the teeth. It's up to them to demonstrate to
> us that they clearly support all modes and interests in the amateur
> radio theater equally, regardless of numbers involved or advertising
> revenue. Only then will they get my support and membership again. Lip
> service won't cut it.
>
> ~ Todd,  KA1KAQ
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