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