Well it seems that the leadership at the ARRL is again showing us how clueless they are about things in the digital age. They are right now trying to force a closed expensive proprietary system on ARES members for data communications purposes. The details are at http://www.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=04/05/27/1523254. I suppose that I should not be surprised though as the ARRL president is clueless about what software runs his own PC. When I asked him what operating system he was using he told me AOL! I think it is about time we get some DIRECTORS elected that have a clue about the world today and that are interested in more than just what affects them. To quote the Hudson Division Director Frank Fallon N2FF "if it does not affect me why should I care about it". Frank has by his own admition no interest in experimentation, development of new digital techniques, or anything but contesting and DXing. Read the article and if you see the danger in emergency communications being locked into a single closed software system then LET YOUR DIRECTOR KNOW! Even if you are not a league member if you see what is dangerous about this make some noise!