ARRL Affiliated Contest Clubs criticize BOD actions

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by W0PV, Jan 9, 2018.

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  1. N0IRS

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    Wow... Jerry thanks for that view on the issue. I've been reading this topic for several day and the folks commenting have done a great job of making me smarter on this issue!
  2. WB8VLC

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    WR3V, Please Don't give the ARRL directors any ideas on bathroom etiquette.

    Anything but single ply Charmin, can you imagine the mess these clowns would make with single ply TP?
  3. K3FHP

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    That's the way it should all the editorials from 2016 to present. Mr. G states, my interpretation and paraphrasing, that the BoD sets policy and direction then 'STAFF (i.e. paid employees) execute this at THEIR OWN discretion as directed by the CEO, with BoD 'oversight'. The BoD has no authority in direction or hiring of ANYBODY except the CEO. All they can do is fire him if they are not satisfied. Someone please site the section that indicates this is not so. This is how it works in the corporate world the current CEO comes from as well as various governmental bodies like cities and counties.

    It appears to me that by stifling any opinions by directors using the 'Ethics Committee' as a bludgeon keeps everything tidy and as long as the few unelected by membership positions to keep control by disqualifying for the ballot or as they plan, excommunication(my word) from league membership. This is how I see it after studying just the material in the last couple years of QST. Not the league I joined almost half a century ago. I am hoping for a better explanation, but this should come as no surprise as among David Sumner's last editorials he warned of, again, paraphrasing, drastic changes to come all of which we may no like, at least that is that I got out of it. I'm still waiting to vote for my Southeast Division Director. Read the last couple of years may be astonished with what is hidden there....or not. All the above is my opinion as a concerned observer.

    Loyal Member of the League that Maxim Built
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  4. N4AXE

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  5. KE5ES

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    With the "Code of Conduct" the Board of Directors plays the music grinder and yell "Dance Monkey Boy!". Maybe I am being to harsh but the Board of Directors sets the tune and the CEO and staff do the work to enforce it. Is the Board of Directors a paid position?
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  6. NN4RH

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  7. WR3V

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    Well, they have made the magazine crappy. Next thing Gallagher will do is start printing it on single ply TP. If it's good enough for them, it's good enough for us.
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  8. W0PV

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    Thanks for posting this link. It would have been in the OP if I had known then.

    The FRC letter is especially significant, not just because of their awesome history, size, character, and well structured organization, but because it starts at the beginning of what IMO includes some root-causes of the apparent downward spiral in ARRL BOD relations with this membership.

    I am referring to the late changes in the submitted ARPA wording, followed on the calendar by inadequately explained decisions in two BOD Divisional elections.


    The feeling that we are not being told the whole story in League reporting has long been a concern among our resident ARRL followers. Alternative versions of events offered by independent sources have confirmed the validity of this skepticism time and again. The ARRL “spin” on the late-hour changes to HR555 was proven false and deceptive. Antenna Zoning experts K1VR and N3JT credibly argue the bill leaves those of us in HOA limiting situations worse off with passage of this legislation. We thank Director Woolweaver for blowing the whistle on the deception and the secrecy surrounding this action

    A more troubling trend has been the complete absence of information from ARRL HQ explaining governance decisions. We look at the K4AC and K3RF election petition disqualifications and wonder what was the Ethics and Elections Committee thinking? We are still waiting for an accounting of their reasoning in both cases." ...

    Much much more then that in the letter as well, including clearly listed recommendations. It is well worth reading in its entirety, here is the link again,

    73, John, WØPV
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  9. WV0CQ

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    Another issue that comes to mind concerning all of this is their counsel. I have been in situations where the BoD were being led astray by a rogue counsel that was being led by the CEO. Being that the ARRL CEO is given direction by the BoD, but ultimately works on his own, this situation is similar. Perhaps the CEO/BoD attorney are the folks in cahoots and they're leading the BoD around by their noses, or in fact, manipulating the roster of the BoD in some manner (or planning on doing just that) to further their own agendas.

    Just food for thought.
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  10. K7JOE

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    This is exactly why the league needs term limits to all elected and appointed positions along with inside and outside counsel.

    What's really disgusting is the waste of money that this is creating - mean while...we now have QST "lite" magazine, enforcement lobbying and spectrum lobbying efforts go unfunded.

    The league leaders - board, CEO, President - all seem to have totally have lost the plot on why they exist.

    At some stage, a call to disband the century-old leage and start anew, could echo in the hallways of Newington.
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