HamRadioNow: Angry Radio Relay League

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  1. K4AAQ

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    HamRadioNow: Angry Radio Relay League

    This week we're talking with Ria Jairam N2RJ. Ria is the ARRL Hudson Division Director, a YouTube host, podcaster and radio host on WRMI (Shortwave). She was elected to the ARRL Board in a push for more openness a few years ago, and on this show we discuss how the Board is falling back to a more 'closed' stance with regard to transparency with members.

    Ria's positions on diversity, and her professional (IT background) criticism of the ARRL's website and member e-mail system, brought her pushback from League management. She was also criticized by the Board's Ethics Committee for writing a Technician Study book outside the ARRL system while on the Board. At this point, she's not sure about her future on the ARRL Board, though she says she has strong support among her Hudson Division constituents.

    This is a long, multifaceted discussion with some important topics. I've taken the time to make timecode links to discussion points in the YouTube description of the show. Those should show up in the timeline as well, depending on what medium you use to view YouTube.

    Somewhat paralleling this show is a talk presented at the Quartzite hamfest by ARRL Southwestern Division Director Dick Norton N6AA. Dick also covered many topics, and toward the end got specific on the division on the Board between those advocating transparency and those wanting more secrecy. Look for 'Radio Politics' at about 51:48 into the video. He notes that the 'transparency' faction is now a small minority. Dick's full talk is part of this HamRadioNow special coverage:

    These programs are also available on our audio podcast feed. Ask your podcast app for HamRadioNow.

    73, Gary K4AAQ
  2. KE0GXN

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  3. K5YDD

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    Sounds like N2RJ is on a PR tour....
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  4. KE0GXN

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    Yeah, by the way when is NA2AA going to be on the show?
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  5. K4AAQ

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  6. MW1CFN

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    It may be intentional or not. But the effect is the same, here and there: societies dominated by older white men that amounts, in practice, to exclusion of others. It's a particularly sad day when we see someone who is neither old, white nor a man apparently being pushed out, either deliberately or by the effect of who the larger group is.

    There are reasons to explore as to why ham radio is so lacking in ethnic and gender diversity. The sad fact is, nobody in a position to do so seems inclined to act.

    If it looks like a closed clique, it probably is a closed clique.

    *Ts and Cs apply: this is a comment about a group in general, not any individual. There are plenty of good older white men, many of whom want to change things, but also find resistance.
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  8. K6CLS

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    Gary, very brave!! Having followed the other threads about Ria s experience, my mind is already made up. But Dick's comments were great to hear, really fills out my understanding of the spectrum of (mis) behavior of the organization.

    So, good job.
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  9. WN1MB

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    With the money saved you can buy a keyboard that doesn't have a frozen caps lock key.
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  10. WN1MB

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    ...and book tour.
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  11. US7IGN

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    In Ukraine, a bunch of unknown old men choose other unknown old men as leaders. Except for the QSL bureau, which functions thanks to volunteers, I did not see any external signs of activity of the Ukrainian Amateur Radio League (UARL) at all. The Ukrainian DX Contest is held by an independent Ukrainian Contest Club http://urdxc.org/about.php.
    There is strange information on their website http://uarl.org.ua/, and no one responds to letters at all. Once I tried to propose to change something, but I was mixed up with shit and I was chased away with curses.
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  12. WA3YAY

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    Remember when Ham Radio was just about radio?

    Pepperidge Farms remember
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2023
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  13. WA3YAY

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    Slava Ukraini!
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  14. US7IGN

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    You're right. Amateur radio does not need to be regulated and commercialized. And I haven't heard for a long time that any of the radio amateurs needed any league at all...
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  15. WA3YAY

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    Certainly don't need the ARRL and I'm pretty certain Hams would want it a lot more if these organizations didn't always seem to degrade into a political morass. This is the kind of mess that almost ended the RSGB.
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