ARRL Board Approves Dues Increase, Alters Morse Position

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    From the W1AW Bulletin / ARRL ...

    Meeting in Irving, Texas, January 19 and 20, the ARRL Board of
    Directors voted to increase membership dues from $34 to $39 annually
    for full members younger than 65, and from $28 to $34 for full
    members 65 and older. The dues hike goes into effect July 1, 2001.
    The last ARRL dues increase was in July 1997.

    The dues increase resulted from a need to fund initiatives to expand
    the League's advocacy activities on behalf of Amateur
    Radio--including the defense of amateur spectrum--and to enhance
    ARRL Headquarters' abilities to serve members during a period of
    projected deficits. The Board okayed a $1 greater increase for
    seniors in an effort to narrow the dues gap, as more and more ARRL
    members fall into the senior category.

    At the same time, the Board approved the hiring of development and
    sales and marketing professionals on the Headquarters staff as part
    of an overall plan to augment revenues.

    ''The ARRL carries out a lot of activities that no longer can be
    fully funded by dues or publication sales revenues,'' ARRL Executive
    Vice President David Sumner, K1ZZ, explained. While voluntary
    contributions towards Amateur Radio advocacy are helping greatly,
    ''we need to professionalize these activities if we are going to
    sustain them,'' he said.

    The Board also revised its position on whether Morse code
    proficiency should continue to be an international requirement to
    license operation below 30 MHz. The Board approved a resolution that
    ''recognizes and accepts'' that the Morse requirement likely will be
    dropped from Article S25 of the international Radio Regulations at
    the 2003 World Radiocommunication Conference. But the Board held the
    line on retaining a domestic Morse requirement, saying that each
    country should be allowed to determine for itself whether it wants
    to have a Morse code requirement.

    The Board's Morse Code resolution declared that deletion of the
    Article S25 international requirement at WRC-03 ''should not
    automatically or immediately mean a similar removal of the Morse
    code from Part 97 of the FCC rules.'' Morse code, the Board
    affirmed, deserves continued support as an important operating mode
    as well as in terms of spectrum and ''should be retained as a
    testing element in the US.'' The resolution also called on ARRL
    Headquarters staff to ''develop a program designed to promote the
    use of Morse.''

    The resolution supersedes all previous Board policy statements
    regarding Morse code and Article S25.

    The Board has adjusted the management structure at ARRL
    Headquarters. Publications Manager and QST Editor Mark Wilson, K1RO,
    will serve as the ARRL's Chief Operating Officer. In that position,
    Wilson will oversee sales and marketing, publications, field
    volunteer and membership services, the ARRL Lab, and other
    day-to-day Headquarters activities.

    The Board also established a committee to solicit membership input
    to update the ARRL's position on refarming the HF Novice bands ''in
    light of the 1999 FCC license restructuring Report and Order.'' The
    five-member panel will be named by President Haynie. It will report
    to the board in one year.
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