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ARRL' Becky Schoenfeld abs Kris Bickell discuss initiatives and plans to help hams grow

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K5ATA, May 28, 2020.

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  1. W1YW

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    Very best to the dedicated and friendly employees in Newington:)!

    Chip W1YW
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  2. N7JI

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    Repeat after me.
    Think you can do a better job? Help make it better. Write a "non-boring" article.

    Griping does very little. Action does a lot.
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  3. KA4TMT

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    I will chime in here to say that the ARRL is making an effort to help new radio amateurs. In my opinion they are doing a good job. Just looked at "on the air" magazine and I liked it and thought the basic format is just what is needed for a lot of people. Even if you have a good base of knowledge sometimes seeing it laid out in a new fashion will help further your understanding. Being mostly an HF guy in my first year here in the hobby I liked the articles about VHF and repeaters and the advice. I might expand my activities into that spectrum at some point so it was useful. So I see they are trying to help new amateurs and have people dedicated to that mission. I joined ARRL last year when I got licensed and feel like my money is being well spent on this pursuit. The slideshow itself was proof that they collect data and try to act on that data exactly how an organization that represents a wide following should. Do I agree with everything they do, No. Would I like to see a lower membership fee, Yes but the overhead to run a national organization, print magazines, online/web presence, events, and employees, in the year 2020 has to eat up a whole lot of revenue. (2015 QST article "The value of ARRL membership") has a long list of what dues pay for, and I am happy that my money is going to some very challenging and worthwhile pursuits.
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  4. N4QX

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    Who IS this officious &*%&*%*?
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  5. W1YW

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    Careful there fella! I will call out the troops!

    Last edited: Jun 3, 2020
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  6. WB1GCM

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    That comment did not go over my head. I have a good memory :)
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  7. W1YW

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    4 score and 4 CEO's ago....
  8. WD8ED

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    From what I've seen hams don't need any help growing.

  9. W1YW

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    Hi Ed,

    The numbers, in the US are , as you mention, excellent. But they hide a tough reality: a huge majority of new hams seldom get on the air. In fact, MOST NEVER get on the air.


    ON THE AIR (magazine) is targetted especially to those new hams (almost all Techs) to show them what they can do with the magic box, and the world it opens up to them.

    Nothing forces anyone to get on the air. But sometimes the incentive lies with information and a friendly invitation.

    Chip W1YW
  10. WD8ED

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    Sorry Chip. I may have been a bit too subtle.

    I meant based on what I've seen at hamfests. Their size. :)

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