The entire drama with Mr. Heath is an interesting one. Mr. Heath appears to be a great radio operator, a long time active and successful amateur radio participant, and a wealth of knowledge on the subject. I think his remarks on the ARRL have some truth to them, and some of his ideas are worth expounding upon. However, Mr. Heath is also quite egotistical, a claim that is validated by many videos he has made and the way he goes about many things. He makes sure to put his name on everything, with his latest video the end of the title is Listen To Jim W9LG's Words as he commands us to head his incredibly wise teachings. His useful criticisms of the ARRL are somewhat buried under the fact the entire direction of the drama that resulted was that he was more or less being childishly angry that he wasn't being treated as well PERSONALLY by the ARRL and its CEO as nicely as he thought he should be. Mr. Heath is right, it should be called a radio service, not just referenced to as a mere hobby. Even if the hobby part is the majority, it is the ARRL's job to promote and defend the radio service, which includes promoting its best positive attributes such as public service, and there is public service in Ham. That is a valid point. I also started to get the vibe and feeling from some board members and the ARRL in general of "Common guys, its a dying hobby, just accept the loss of bandwith and accept the doom of a dying hobby filled with old dying white men". If a man would not pay a lawyer to slander him in a court and plead for a guilty verdict in court, why would he pay $50 a year to the ARRL to have his advocacy group tell him his hobby is essentially dying and he should look forward to telecoms running him over? Certainly, Ham is going to lose a lot of high bandwith, as it has more and more practical uses outside Amateur radio. That's a fact, and the ARRL, or almost no one, can stop that. When we should be hearing this, when the ARRL said "we put up the good fight and we'll fight every other grab, even if the prevailing wind is against us", I get the feeling radio operators are being told to build a casket and mourn the death of their crappy little kids fun hobby. Instead of saying "we can't defend high bandwith that a dozen amateur radio operators use against a business that wants to serve hundreds of thousands of customers", some of the explanations almost made the ARRL sound like they worked for the telecoms. Explaining the loss sounded more like they were against the radio services, instead of for them. When a group like the ARRL or NRA start demanding a leadership role over the people it is supposed to serve, instead of following what the members fight for, there is reason for concern. Remember, it is YOUR job as a member to kick them in the back and keep them moving, not your job to prove your loyalty by going along with anything they come up with. Keep prodding them and guiding them with a stick. Organizations, the bigger they are, are like dumb animals, because collectives of people are stupid. You have to keep hitting them and guiding them. It isn't showing lack of loyalty to the cause, it is being the MOST purposeful and true to the purpose.