Ham Talk Live! Episode 89 - Puerto Rico Disaster Communications with Val, NV9L

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by WB9VPG, Nov 7, 2017.

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  1. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    All those interested in building the future for ARRL EMCOMM ought to read the whole QNI document composed by WB8SIW. The info and opinions are probably also associative to the recent melodrama during deployment of the PR "Force". Here is a brief summary, page 26,

    "Ultimately, the League is not so much condemned by what it said or what it did, but by what it failed to do. The lack of interest in negotiation and compromise; the failure to engage in a collegial approach in which others are treated as peers and the refusal to simply pick-up the telephone to investigate the situation in good faith all lead to a difficult conclusion.

    The ARRL Board of Directors, the Programs and Services Committee and the Executive Committee are, in my opinion, devoid of any type of fraternal spirit. The evidence indicates that the leadership sees themselves as innately superior to the rank-and-file member. The lack of empathy for less powerful operating interests (constituencies) within the ARRL "family" appears as arrogance and pompousness whether deserved or not. ARRL Directors are not demigods…they are OUR elected representatives."

    Unfortunately that conclusion may not be true as even the elections appear to be rigged now.

    John, WØPV
  2. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    "Who IS this officious &*%&*%*!"--NY2RF discussing W1YW
  3. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    An unfortunate exact example of "...failure to engage in a collegial approach in which others are treated as peers", "fraternal spirit"and/or "evidence indicates that the leadership sees themselves as innately superior to the rank-and-file member".

    Dave K1ZZ had a more constructive approach in getting all the parties together first on a conference calls, then in person, to iron out the issues, leveraging integrity, preserving valuable human resources in the field, avoiding embarrassing scandals.

    Too bad his successor would rather take a destructive management approach, consolidating power in HQ and its staff (apparently for their own sake) and/or kowtowing to the ever more corrupted BOD.
  4. W1WCN

    W1WCN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi Gene, I'm the one who has referred to the local hams as "Rock Stars." It's intended as a compliment. As you know, they're response was beyond commendable. They had established an operational net before we arrived and provided continual assistance throughout our deployment. Their ability to operate, reestablish repeaters and care for their communities under unimaginable duress deserves our everlasting respect.

    I apologize for the misunderstanding.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2017
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  5. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yep. WP3R is indeed a Rock Star:)!
  6. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page


    A little heavy handed: I find the dysfunction and autocracy amusing more than deleterious;-)

    I imagine some of the major donors have begun to figure out how the stupid present wording of the ARPA will kill their superstations, if ARPA passes in this form. No soft landing on that one!

    The other spin-stories don't help either...such as this one.
  7. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    And now the ARRL seems proud to report they have won the legal side of the pissing contest,


    Other then as gravy for some egos, I just don't understand their motivation to make that a news release.

    As WB8SIW wrote in the document linked previously,

    Executives normally don't go from "zero to sixty" and instantly fire an employee. ... the law may even state that employment is "at will," but the executive who fails to recognize that a human being and his family is involved in the relationship is hardly worthy of respect. Likewise, the executive who has no concern for the reputation of a man is also unworthy of respect. Here, as in other cases, the “letter of the law” departs from “the spirit of the law.”

    Let's also not forget that these unilateral actions impacted ELECTED officials. Sure; the letter of the law may allow for termination or even a change from elected status to appointed status; but the act of termination and the abrogation of the NTS Terms of Reference is a very serious action, which amounts to a form of disenfranchisement for a large group of ARRL members."
  8. KG7LEA

    KG7LEA Ham Member QRZ Page

    pour encourager les autres. (Obscure historical reference. Clarification available by private conversation)
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  9. W1WCN

    W1WCN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well played. "The beatings shall continue until morale improves."
  10. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    No one is asking:"Why is the ARRL acting this way"?

    That's simple--to garner acknowledgement of existence with the government, which controls ham radio.

    The USG has had a bad habit of passing off responsibilities to non-profits, so much so that we now consider that as normal. Even to the point where the USG assumes that's the way it has to be. Notice that the FCC, for example, dropped licensing process/testing responsibility and left it to the League and some other non-profits. Clear example, clear trend.

    The ARRL decided they needed to be heavy hand and draw the line in the sand, as the dominant non-profit dealing with these ham issues.

    The fact that the spin, positioning, autocracy, mistakes,and wrong information is part of that only indicates they don't know how else to do it, and that the process is robust against incompetence, IMO.

    Basically, at the moment, that system works, so why change it?

    Interesting spin ahead on bad-news new QST pub format. Expect an announcement shortly on the 'new' paper format for QST. The Jan issue will look like a cheap foreign magazine, IMO.

    Yours may differ.
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