First of all I want to welcome KN0DE into the hamateur radio ranks. It's a great hobby with many facets and operate the aspects that you personally enjoy. Also ignore the curmudgeons which I think you already do. Secondly I never knew or worked K1MAN and hold no pleasure in hearing that he became an SK earlier this month. He really did dislike the ARRL (I do too but I'm a member) and started his own competing organization but had little success with it. He did transmit daily bulletins just like the ARRL did/does but I think that what got him into trouble with the FCC was his transmitting information considered to be of pecuniary interest, a big no no. The other hamateur that ran into trouble with the FCC was Herb Schoenbohm KV4FZ on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands who frequented 14.313 mc in the 1990's. In my opinion it would be very unfair to put KV4FZ into the same bad guy category as K1MAN. Herb is a very good CW operator, DXer, contester and all around good guy. I don't know Herb personally and have never had an eyeball QSO with him but I've worked him many times over the years on 160 meters. I've been a hamateur radio operator since 1989 and passed the 20 wpm code test in 1991. It wasn't that hard for me because I had already learned CW beginning in 1965 as an SWL and had been listening to commercial CW utility stations as well as hamateurs for many years on CW. I'm proud to have passed the 20 wpm CW exam like K7JOE but I have never let it inflate my hamateur radio ego or lead me to look down on others that haven't, couldn't pass it. I think that this post is the first time that I've ever mentioned passing the 20 wpm code test. I never had to draw out a Colpitts or Hartley oscillator diagram or pass a "non" multiple choice test at the nearest FCC office because it was no longer required when I decided to get my ticket. Nor is it the fault of a new Extra class operator that the 20 wpm code test or any speed code test is no longer required. And recently I've looked at the latest Extra class exam pool and contrary to what I've seen posted here on QRZ and elsewhere it's not easy to rote memorize the question pool. But I have heard quite a few new General and Extra class operators repeatedly ask really shockingly stupid questions on the air and also use CB lingo like 10-4, S20, have roger beeps, terrible audio, etc. And when one politely in the Elmer tradition tries to help them become better operators they respond in a very negative hostile manner. Yes some (maybe many) long licensed General, Advanced and Extra class radio operators do act like psychopaths on the air and in social media venues such as here on QRZ but in my personal observation and research most of the real crazies on the air including on 7.200 mc did not pass a code test. And they have no respect for the hobby or themselves. But is it a dumbed down testing process or general societal devolving problem?