Really boring financial stuff

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by N2SUB, May 19, 2017.

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  1. N2EY

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    ARRL dues history

    As of:

    April 1, 1926: $2.50
    July 1, 1948: $4
    Aug 1, 1959: $5
    Jan 1, 1965: $6
    Aug 1, 1967: $7.50
    Jan 1, 1975: $9
    Apr 1, 1977: $12
    May 1, 1979: $18
    July 1. 1981: $25
    April 1, 1990: $30
    April 1, 1995: $31
    July 1, 1997: $34
    July 1, 2001: $39
    Jan 1, 2016: $50\

    It is left for the reader to figure out the inflation-adjusted prices.

    Some things to consider:

    - Before 1936, there was no Maxim Memorial Station, so operating costs were lower.
    - The ARRL Lab was much simpler until the 1970s-80s.
    - Printing and postage costs have increased faster than general inflation.
    - At various times in history there were various discounts.
    - Life Membership began in the late 1960s.
    - There were times when QST could be found on many newsstands and in most radio stores.
    - In the very early days, it was possible to subscribe to QST and not be an ARRL member. This policy was gone by 1926, which is why the rate starts there.
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  2. KY5U

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    Not a member. Costs too much now.
  3. W5TTW

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    I'll consider renewing my membership when the league starts bribing enough politicians to get things done for us.
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  4. N7ZAL

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    I'm not a fan of the ARRL but am a member in order to get QST. They have done a lot of damage to hams.

    However, I think the degrading of the magazine is not their fault and a sign of the times. I used to like the technical stuff and especially the home brew articles. Today there isn't much HB going on or need for a lot of technical articles. How many times can you discuss antennas, components, operating, etc. The old QSTs had McCoy's articles, but I don't see anyone like him today.

    Today the turn around time for magazines can't compete with up to date online articles/reporting. Magazines are quickly going the way of newspapers. QST could very well be in that mix.

    They could publish online only, but I really enjoy printed media.

    I really think the ARRL would get more support if they weren't backing so many changes that damage the ham, like licensing criteria, emphasis on getting more members, operating changes, etc.

    If they don't adapt to the times, wants, and needs then they will eventually die...or so it seems.

    The membership fees are too high and they should have a senior discount. I've heard they can't do that because there are so many "older" members. So why don't they support the wants of the old hams?

    I probably will not renew my membership and will become part of their problem. :(
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  5. W3MMM

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    Its important to read things for what they are, rather than reading more into them....isn't it?
  6. N2SUB

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    Duly noted
  7. W1VT

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    The Royal National Rose Society, based at the world-renowned Gardens of the Rose near St Albans, has gone into administration.

    Formed in 1876, it is the world's oldest specialist plant society.

    Ham radio magazines aren't the only ones having issues.

    The American Rose Society is down to 8,200 paying members to support its magazine.
  8. AA8TA

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    An organization such as the ARRL can't win. There was a survey, maybe divisional level, I don't think national, and a lot of people said QST is too technical and a lot people said QST isn't technical enough. A lot of people want to read about contesting and a lot of people can't stand contesting. The breadth of amateur radio today is a blessing and a curse.

    People say that we should attract more new people, especially young people, but when a proposal comes up to do that people say we should go back to the licensing model of the 1960s.

    How many of you have talked to your section manager or your division manager? I've talked to my SM several times and talked briefly to my DM and have exchanged emails with him. They would love to hear from their constituents; they rarely do.

    Are you involved with amateur radio clubs or regional or national affairs? Thankfully, we have many hams who are willing to step up and do things. Sometimes these very active people make decisions because somebody has to. Then the people who have been sleeping all along wake up and complain that the world is coming to an end.

    I'm a club officer and see a lot of good and some not so good. What I want, whether somebody agrees or disagrees with me, is for them to say what they want then provide ideas or possible answers. Just kvetching and moaning and wailing does not help anybody and is a waste of time.

    Want to make the ARRL better? Go to page 15 of QST and look up who your leaders are. Start calling and emailing them with your thoughts and propose solutions.
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  9. KK4YWN

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    You might let them know that they could save a few bux per year by not mailing me invites to join.
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  10. W3MMM

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    Hi Jim,

    So it turns out that $2.50 in April 1926 has the same buying power as $34.15 today. So the ARRL dues have outpaced inflation by about 50%. I'm not here to defend ARRL, however, I think it is fair to say that both the ARRL and the US Ham population have changed since 1926.

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