ARRL: It's not just the bylaws that need changin'

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KL7SB, Jan 13, 2018.

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  1. SV1DKL

    SV1DKL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Be assured I didn't need FT8 to gather my "booty".
    With over 150k Qs in modes other than that, 325 cfm DXCC and 2300+ challenge points, FT8 had nothing more to offer me.
    My opinion on FT8 has been posted long time ago on various sites, check the video comments.
    I am not against moving forward in our technologically complex hobby, after all it's evolution we all lure to.
    But, I support that all time-synced digital modes should be exempted from the DXCC Digital part of the program, or be acknowledged and awarded as a separate category.
    You just can't mix efforts and sacrifices of the past with the ease and automation of present.
    In any case, FT8 in particular was initially authored to operate in a fully automatic way, that's crystal clear. FCC regulations and legislation obliged the author to
    insert a "Human" interlock (or touch, you name it!). That did not succeed much !!

    Stathis, SV5DKL
  2. KD0NPT

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    I am not assured of anything. If awards are accepted while operating a station under robotic control. or other operators running stations in remote modes thereby faking out the other party in the QSO, then it is patently wrong against those who really worked in person.
    There is a human interlock in the program, it's called unchecking "auto sequence" when the operator is absent and the other human interlock that used to be in the ham community is called ethical behavior.
    Last edited: Feb 2, 2018
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  3. SV1DKL

    SV1DKL Ham Member QRZ Page

    We're saying the same thing.
    If you saw my video, you witnessed how easy it is to overcome the "interlock". In other words, you will never know what your PC shook hands with.
    Remind me to discuss ethical behavior in Ham Radio, when 3Y0Z pileups will be on ;-)
  4. N2SUB

    N2SUB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Out of curiousity....did anyone else receive an email from the ARRLasking them to renew their membership:

    <snip - emphasis added>
    When you signed up for the Members Only Web site, you asked us
    to remind you by e-mail when your membership was about to
    expire. That time is coming. Our records indicate that your ARRL
    membership will expire on May 31, 2018, and in about a week we
    will prepare a renewal notice to send you in the mail.

    Renewing early ensures that you'll receive uninterrupted
    delivery of QST, your monthly membership journal. You'll also
    continue a host of other benefits and services for another year


    So, does that mean my benefits will continue for another year from the date of renewal, or another year from May 31,2018?? Seems a little confusing. I checked the website and I cannot find the answer.

    The letter was signed by the new CEO. Is this an attempt to shore up the membership numbers, or just a strange coincidence that I got a renewal notice 4 months early? I honestly don't know, but I find it odd that they can get a request for money out WAY ahead of schedule, but they can't seem to publish the minutes of the BoD meeting in a timely maner. :)
  5. KI7HSB

    KI7HSB Ham Member QRZ Page

    I get the same crap from the NRA. 3 months after I renew, I get new mail asking me to renew.

    The cynic in me can't help but wonder if organizations like the NRA and the ARRL, who's membership's average age is rising, aren't trying to take advantage of senior citizens hoping that they will forget when or what month they renewed and just send in the checks...
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  6. W4HM

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    Yes I've gotten several recently with offers of free books to rejoin but they quickly went into the round file.

    73 & GUD DX,
    Thomas F. Giella, W4HM
    Lakeland, FL, USA
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  8. W1VT

    W1VT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I find it entirely practical to turn off the FT8 autosequence and work DX manually. I did that to work ZC4A on 160 for a new one on that band. And again this morning to work VK1MA--my first VK1 of the year. But, yeah, autosequence is nice when running Europeans and sorting through my paperwork in preparation for filing taxes.

    Zak W1VT
  9. K0IDT

    K0IDT Ham Member QRZ Page

    N2SUB can take care of himself but if I'm a voting member in an organization I think I should have the right to know about a personnel matter that
    may affect the way I vote. If you're not an informed voter why vote?
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  10. K5CO

    K5CO Ham Member QRZ Page

    I certainly stopped sending money to the ARRL for their lousy magazine and pretense to do much good for us. I read that they are not paid all that well; wanna bet? They get more than they are worth.
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