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. WH7WP

    WH7WP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Until Tom Gallagher is ousted the ARRL will not see the first Dime from me and I will be counselling new Hams, where ever I go, to Not Join ARRL Until Gallagher And Others Are Gone.
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  2. WA1VAB

    WA1VAB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Thank you Steven.

    The ARRL needs to adopt real priorities:
    1. Address what is important to the shrinking MEMBERSHIP, which is not at 150,000.
      1. Focus on a outreach to youth, though a revised Novice license like the '50's.
      2. Expand membership and save the hobby for future generations.
      3. Reach out to the current, aging membership, we are a wealth of information.
    I have read all 17 pages of the 2019 first ANNUAL ARRL Directors meeting, it appears to be all about "themselves". I suggest you all read it, it's pretty tough to get through all 17 pages.
  3. KY5U

    KY5U Subscriber QRZ Page

    Added to above: 4. Target "on the air" activities for Technician class licenses especially the "shack on a belt" new folks.
  4. ND6M

    ND6M Ham Member QRZ Page

    All this whining and moaning about events that are beyond control.:rolleyes:

    The fate of Amateur radio is pretty much sealed.

    Like it or not, AR is going the way of the Stanley Steamer and will soon just be a footnote in some history book.

    Go ahead, flame me, but,.........
  5. N9LYA

    N9LYA Ham Member QRZ Page

  6. NN4RH

    NN4RH Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Gallagher resigned a month ago.
  7. K8BZ

    K8BZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    With regard to number 3 above:

    In my opinion the ARRL does not want to hear from the aging population of ham radio operators who are indeed a wealth of information. The fact that this group is a wealth of information is exactly why they don't want them to be heard. Because they know when the leadership is heading in the wrong direction and can point out their missteps better than the league can justify them. There is a link to the best example of the leagues bad decisions in post 235 regarding the push for wideband digital for Pactor IV. The "wealth of information" gang knows that the leagues instances on Pactor IV is for reasons other than their claim that is is necessary to do a decent job responding to communications emergencies. The league continues to bemoan that the "Force of 50" (it was actually 22) was precluded from using Pactor IV in the hurricane response in Puerto Rico. When in fact, they petitioned the FCC for a waiver that would allow the use of Pactor IV and it was immediately granted, but they still did not use it.

    In the leagues response to the FCC request for comment on the 2017 hurricane season the league said, “Equipment dispatched with the “Force of 50” to Puerto Rico included data transmission equipment capable of PACTOR 4 operation, but it could not be legally used in the Hurricane Maria disaster relief effort.” And later in the same posting to the FCC they said, “ARRL filed a request for a temporary waiver to permit amateur data transmissions at a higher symbol rate than currently is permitted by Section 97.307(f) of the Commission’s rules, in order to facilitate hurricane relief communications between the continental United States and Puerto Rico. The Mobility Division of the Wireless Bureau quickly granted this waiver which greatly facilitated the disaster relief communications in Puerto Rico provided by Amateur Radio operators.”

    For the entire posting see: January FINAL Comments PS Docket 17-344.pdf

    If you doubt that the waiver authorized the use of Pactor IV then see the actual waiver at:

    Was the ARRL at best misleading; or at worst blatantly lying? Judge for yourself

    I honestly believe this all ties in together with the BOD wanting get the ability to stack the deck with the board members and additional voting members to guarantee the furthering of their agenda. What does the league stand to gain by a change in the rules allowing Pactor IV on HF? The ARRL has clearly sent marching orders to all Section EC's that HF Winlink will be the official system for digital emergency communications; while promoting the notion that Pactor IV on HF would be the magical mode if FCC rules would only allow it. What is it about a $4,000 Pactor IV TNC that requires another $150 licensing fee to enable Pactor IV mode that is a totally proprietary right of a single German company that makes the ARRL continue to promote that it is the only way to go for digital emergency communications. As long as it's possible to make anonymous contributions to tax exempt foundations we will probably never know; or at least never have proof. No wonder they wanted to control what the directors could say and not say in public.
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  8. K0IDT

    K0IDT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Want more confirmation? Try this thread
    The post from W3QA (Winlink) towards the bottom is worth reading, 5-P4 modems supplied and not used. The "equipment dispatched" did not have
    Pactor of any flavor, sound card modems in the radios were used for Winmor.
  9. K8BZ

    K8BZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for this link to the reddit post. Good info from NS0S and good followup after watching his interview on Ham Radio Now. It's probably the closest thing to a debriefing we will ever see on the Puerto Rico deployment. The W3QA info was very informative. We sure would never have gotten this info from the ARRL.
  10. WH7WP

    WH7WP Ham Member QRZ Page

    He's not out yet. Look for March 2 as his "Retirement". That is when he is OUT.

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