Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by NA4DX, Apr 25, 2019.
sorry my opinion doesn’t meet with your approval. Why not save time and just tell me what to think.
That is a cost effective solution to postage, printing, etc. Most active hams have some sort of access to the internet and ARRL could make a spot in their forum area available for this to members and non members alike. That could work and would go a long way toward making things better in arrl world.
In my clearly convoluted opinion
I would be game for just the LoTW membership without all the other stuff (including no access to the magazine)
You don’t have to be an ARRL member to use LotW. Any Amateur Radio Operator can sign up for it and upload logs to it.
You only have to be an ARRL member (for FCC licensed amateurs in the US, anyway) to apply for any of the awards offered through LotW.
So... sign up for LotW, upload your logs, and then when you’ve qualified for an award you’d like to have, THEN join the League. Once you get it, let your membership lapse.
Of course, we’d rather have you stay as a member, but whatever works.
You can get LoTW awards as a non-member, they just cost more.
FWIW, myself and my daughter are members.
And when suggested to the League (a few times over the last 3 years) no acknowledgement or response or any indication anyone there has considered it. I just renewed membership for another year for whatever that’s worth in terms of support but that apparently is the proverbial ‘one way street’ after what most would consider a prolonged period.
I’m sure someone will come out of the weeds accusing this of “bashing” the League, however, it is a reasonable, cost-effective, minimally intrusive and easy to manage option if they wanted to....
My guess, since I have no way of knowing for certain, is that they've looked at the traffic level on their forum section compared to the rest of the site amd concluded that it's not worth the time for the level of viewing it would receive.
You might be correct but the lack of activity there might be a product of a self-fulfilling prophecy analogous to talking to drywall. It’s all about expectations.
Parenthetically, your earlier personal comment about me is not appropriate.
THAT ^^^^^ was my (not so subtle) hint