myARRLvoice formed to question ARRL Code of Conduct, Board Proposals

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KN4AQ, Jan 8, 2018.

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  1. KN4AQ

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    I guess this is a sneaky plug for the new HamRadioNow Episode 379, One League Under the Siege (apologies to Jules Verne). In that episode, David W0DHG and I review responses we received from several ARRL Directors and Vice Directors regarding the Board's 'Code of Conduct' (a favorite topic on the Zed), and several proposals coming before the Board at its January meeting that some hams find sketchy.

    We also talk about a new group that formed just after the new year called myARRLvoice, with a web site at The group has a 'Steering Committee' with several prominent ARRL supporters (Maxim Society and Legacy Circle members) and former Directors and Vice-Directors. They say on their web site:

    There have been a range of troubling policy and governance actions taken by the League’s leadership over the past two years, as well as actions planned to be formalized at the Board meeting on January 19, 2018 in Newington. We are working hard to inform our fellow members across all segments of our community, and to encourage them to convey their feelings on these issues to the ARRL Board and management.

    Among the issues are: concern over the Amateur Radio Parity Act; the limits that the Code of Conduct places on Directors who want to discuss policy with members; Directors who have been censured or disqualified from the ballot; and proposals to give the President and three VPs all votes on the Board (stacking the deck against less 'cooperative' Directors?).

    While I am not a member of this group, I'm concerned about the lack of transparency required by the Code of Conduct. Over and over, the Directors say they can't comment on issues like the censure of SW Division Director Dick Norton N6AA because 'the issue is closed.'

    HRN 379 One League Siege POSTER - 250.jpg

    The Directors have had their email inboxes filled with comments. For sure, these issues will have a prominent place at the January Board Meeting in a few days. Most of us don't care much about League politics and infighting (OK, a lot of you here on the Zed care a lot), but this might be worth some of your time. The myARRLvoice group lays out their case pretty clearly. The Directors are mostly keeping quiet ahead of the meeting. Depending on how some votes go, they may have to keep quiet afterward, too.

    73, Gary KN4AQ

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  2. W1YW

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    Gary, it IS a bit hyperbolic ('One League...siege'), but clearly there is an issue at hand.

    It would be wise and prudent for the board to table any vote on proposed bylaws changes, and request additional feedback from the membership on same. These bylaw changes seem to have a sense of urgency driven by the board members, not by the membership nor any alleged crisis within the amateur radio service. Good time to sit back and reflect before taking action, with the luxury of time.

    As for the presently worded ARPA, independent counsels should be pursued, who most assuredly will come to the same conclusion as known antenna lawyer and FCC lawyer experts: the presently worded HR555 is a fatal disaster if passed.

    ARPA is a great idea. This wording in HR555 is not.

    Chip W1YW
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  3. W4POT

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    I am glad that at least one of the streaming shows about amateur radio deems it worthy content for ongoing coverage.
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  4. KN4AQ

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    I say Siege because, well, I like interesting titles. But mostly I'm referring to the Directors who say their inbox is flooded with comments on these issues. Not too many are saying "good job"
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  5. KQ6XA

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    Hams should learn, ARRL is not not "your friend".
    They do whatever they want to, "representation" is a mere facade.
    Give them all your bucks... they can take the lobbyists to lunch, and cut some of those sweet CC&R antenna deals that the realtors like.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2018
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  6. W5TXR

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    I trust you have evidence relating to this (real evidence) not hearsay. Look, I don't agree with everything the League does but the good they do for the hobby FAR outweighs the not so good.
    The ARRL can be your best friend in ham radio, they gave me good information when I needed it and when I visited the HQ and W1AW I was treated like a VIP!
    When you have a question or need authoritative information you have two choices, the FCC or the ARRL!
    The ARRL does not just do what they want, that just isn't so. they have a board they have to answer to. "Give them all your bucks?" I hope you make more than $49 a year....
    It's funny, hams want the benefits and freedoms of ham radio but when it comes time to pay a measly $49 a year to an organization that had done more for the hobby just in the last 25 years alone is beyond me. Most hams are great people but I'm acutely aware that hams can be among the most opinionated and cheap people on Earth! Just go to a hamfest and observe!
    Ham radio isn't a hobby for the poor, it is an expensive hobby.

    I read the ARRL's annual financial reports EVERY year, I don't see nor have I ever seen any mismanagement or abuse. The ARRL is incorporated, they have way too much to lose by abusing our funds we have donated, In fact I believe they have been good stewards of our contributions, the Annual reports indicate so.
    You show me the lobbyist lunches and antenna deals? ARRL/Annual Reports/ARRL 2016 Annual Report.pdf

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  7. K8JHR

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    Cool beans. Several years ago, I learned the ARRL is far from transparent and is governed by a clique at the top. I asked for a copy of the Agenda for the National Board Meeting, and was told it was not- available - even to lower echelon Directors - until just a few days before the meeting - hardly designed to engender Director preparation and foster informed, documented debate. Instead, it was clearly designed to foster to enable a top-down style of management, with Directors expected to follow suit, not rock the boat with other ideas and foolish debate. Further, it was obvious rank and file members are not intended to KNOW let alone PARTICIPATE in the process in any meaningful way. If we cannot learn what topics are on the table, how can we prepare well-informed and documented comments - and even the lower level Directors are as hamstrung as members. It was quickly obvious the ARRL is a corporate entity out for its own purposes, and only incidentally represent individual members, and does not intend that members participate in the process in any meaningful way. Having once worked for large labor unions, I see certain unseemly parallels in how the ARRL moves.

    Just MY take. ... your mileage may vary. JHR
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  8. KK5JY

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    If you do some reading in the other threads on this subject, you will find a number of people whose personal experiences directly support the summary provided by @KQ6XA.

    In other news, I cast my vote for @KN4AQ to make this his new avatar... :D
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  9. N0GB

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    Thanks for lighting this Issue up Gary. More voices on this one the better.
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  10. KW5M

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    If members cannot have faith and confidence in their leaders, there is not much of an organization to follow. I have been reading with interest many of the posts on this issue and in many cases i have to side with them. The ARRL is a member organization, from its conception, to support and promote amateur radio. My own experience, being a life member, and having been licensed for over twenty five years now, is the league has seemed to loose its focus very much like our federal and state governments. The league seems to be moving more toward a AARP business model rather than focusing on the membership. My argument follows the watering down of the so call "Amateur Radio Parity Act", it has been compromised plumb into oblivion. While some say, yes, but it's a step in the right direction..... well, so was the American Health Care Act....the comparison being its has to be a gorilla in the room in order to work. Another major grievance now that i have put fingers to keyboard, is the outright dumping a very successful incentive licensing program for the shear sake of numbers. I will be the first to acknowledge we need new amateurs flowing in to compensate for us aging ones, however in my opinion, they threw out the baby with the bath water....Even more troubling....they know it and rather than step back and try and correct some of the deficiencies, according to last months minutes, they want to give more privileges to beginners just to make them happy.... With 700,000 plus or minus licensing, 160,000 members doesn't seem to equate to what it cost to get those new members....maybe it's just me???? And by the way, WE get to use Amateur Radio as a HOBBY.....Amateur Radio is a SERVICE..... We are obligated by our License to be ready to help in an emergency.
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