ARRL Hudson Division webinar recording

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  1. W0PV

    W0PV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Here is a link to an audio recording of the "Town Hall" webinar held recently online by the ARRL Hudson Division Director N2YBB.

    The track begins already a few moments into an opening statement by N2YBB. Topics include the N6AA censure and K3RF election disqualification. Eventually the session turns into a Q&A with a few participating members. Questions include ARPA and dismissal of the K1VR opinion, and EMCOMM issues.

    Don't expect to hear all those call signs explicitly, read between the lines. What I hear is an irrational bullyish push-back, based on characterizations of source not factual arguments, that conclude as non conciliatory if not outright dismissal of positions expressed in the recent public outcry calling for the League to institute more transparent inclusive management and respectful communication with concerned, talented and credentialed membership.

    This apparently could be an example of the majority attitude of the ARRL Board and Executive management today.

    What say you?

    73, John, WØPV

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  2. KB2SMS

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    This audio is horrible. Unlistenable IMHO. No offence.
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  3. N2SUB

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    I listened as far as I could. Evidently this man is angry, and feels he's being abused. "I'm married with children, if I wanted abuse I'd stay home". He also believes that there is a "Toxic work environment" in Newington and with the board of directors. If the ARRL is that bad in his oppinion, why doesn't he QUIT! There's a vice director in his division for just such an occasion. Go home and work on your relationship issues, because your family is more important than your hobby, especially if you think the hobby is TOXIC.

    But no, that's not the conclusion this scholar drew. He decided that he knew what was best for everyone and said of the Code of Conduct, "We obviously needed to develop a set of protocols that created guidelines that taught the behaviors you need to conduct yourself as adults". Obviously?? I'm not so sure.

    If it's that bad, resign and go home to your family. Work on your relationship skills. Don't project your anger and impose your will onto the entire organization with no input from the membership. If this is a sample of the arrogance and over-inflated sense of self-worth on the BoD, it's time for them all to go. Until then, don't expect a renewal from me. And don't be surprised if the membership numbers go down. It's not all about you.
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  4. K7VZ

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    He stated in several different ways that the input and opinion of ARRL members means nothing to him. He is clearly the toxic person who needs to be removed from being director.
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  5. KL7SB

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    I have a useable copy of it. Not sure where to upload it to, but I can email / share to anyone who drops me a note. It's one of those trainwrecks, you think you probably should not pay attention but you can't help yourself. My comment on it, to another group ..,

    "That was just painful to listen to, and that is one sad feckless excuse of a human being. *TOXIC ENVIRONMENT*, "I'm married with children, if I wanted abuse I'd stay home." "I don't get paid for this mishegas", hints at sexual harassment issues at HQ with zero to back it, and a general attitude of "I had a great plan in place, and you folks f**cked it up" Also, color me unimpressed with the ongoing references to multiple graduate degrees, and communications skills. Dude, you are a bit actor, with a life highlight of giving incoherent testimony on a bill you can't get passed, that is getting torpedoed by the folks you claim to represent. On the achievement scale, that ranks up there with meeting Elvis Presley Third Cousin, once removed. After all of that, *his* remarks about N6AA were way over the top. I've lost track of what parts of the CoC remain in effect and which aren't, but it's hard to believe Norton has said *anything* as bad as Lysenco just did. I wonder if a recall attempt there would be worth it? I doubt it would win, but it might help push him to the door, if he has to fight that as well as a reelection bid. There is some serious mental health issue happening there. I'll give him credit for one thing though. He's dropped any pretense of not being the "ringleader" for the people on the BOD who decided they just needed to run things for themselves. No more having to guess who is the main cause of the toxicity. He needs to go asap.
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  6. W0PV

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    Instead of playing through a browser, download the file (down arrow next to volume control, 50MB) and use a stand-alone player app native on PC or device. Provide's easier playback position control too.
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  7. NK2U

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    The recording has to be one of the worst I've heard in quite some time. Edison's original recording was clearer than that!

    I got nothing out of this, I only understood bits and pieces...

    de NK2U
  8. NK2U

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    I tried the MP3 and WAV files and still unlistenable. I don't have a player for the other two that are listed.

    I'm sure what he said was important but it hurt my ears trying to decipher what he was trying to say.

    de NK2U
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  9. KG2C

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    Here's my recording of the webinar that I recorded with Audacity. You can just play it in your web browser or download it.
    The webinar stream itself had a constant loud hum, coming from Mike's microphone. I haven't tried removing it yet but it was pretty annoying to listen to.
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  10. W0PV

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    Thanks for the feedback on the audio quality. Thanks also to Steve KL7SB for forwarding me another copy of the same file as my original source (whom I thank again). Comparing showed me Voocaroo processing added weird artifacts. So I converted the file to MP4 video and uploaded it to YouTube. Seems much more clear but the low level hum KG2C noted is now noticeable.

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