Major Change to ARRL By Laws proposed

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  1. K0IDT

    K0IDT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Okay, here we go again. I have permission to forward the following email thread, there's more proposed changes at

    This looks to be bad, very bad. Time to sharpen the crayons and blast your director.

    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    From: "Bob Wilson, N6TV" <>
    Date: Dec 21, 2017 9:17 PM
    Subject: Major Change to ARRL By Laws proposed by Hudson Divison Director N2YBB
    To: "NCCC Reflector" <>, "NCCC BoD Plus"
    <>, "MLDXCC Reflector" <>, "NCDXC
    Reflector" <>, "Jim Tiemstra" <>

    "ARRL is a representative democracy — its members control its policies
    through the power of the ballot."

    This all could change quickly next month.

    ARRL Hudson Division Director Mike Lisenco, N2YBB, the same Director who negotiated the flawed Amateur Radio Parity Act (ARPA), is now proposing a major change to the longstanding voting rules of the ARRL Board of Directors.

    Instead of 15 Directors having sole voting privileges, one per ARRL
    Division, he is proposing to give additional voting privileges to the ARRL
    President (K5UR) and the three (3) ARRL Vice Presidents (K0GW, N5ZGT,
    K0QB), none of whom are elected directly by the membership.

    Effectively, the Dakota Division (ND, SD, and MN) would get 15.8% of the voting power (3 out of 19 votes) even though they represent less than 3% of the ARRL membership. It also means that even if all five Directors up for election this summer are replaced, instead of a potential 8 to 7 majority in favor of more BoD openness, they would now represent an 8 to 11 *minority*.

    To review, these five directors who are up for re-election (including N2YBB) all supported the revised Amateur Radio Parity Act, they all voted in favor of the flawed Code of Conduct, and they all voted in favor of censuring N6AA (the reasons for which remain clouded in secrecy)

    I've published N2YBB's the seven proposed motions to the ARRL By-Laws as a single PDF file here:

    *I hereby urge our Director, W6RGG, and all other ARRL Directors, to vote AGAINST this proposal. *

    It's an obvious move to put more power into the hands of those who already have it, instead of leaving it the hands the ARRL membership where it belongs.

    Feel free to forward these messages (to anyone who may have in interest in ARRL governance).


    Bob, N6TV

    ---------- Forwarded message ----------
    Here are some proposed changes to the ARRL Articles of Association and
    By-Laws that have been submitted by the Hudson Division Director. Note that
    he has given permission to talk to anyone about it as shown in the note now
    at the top.

    From: Mike Lisenco <>
    As far as I know you can talk about it to anyone. Also, why would you think
    the cover text is confidential. I also have no problem attaching my name
    especially since I wrote the damn thing.


    The Secretary has received the attached seven changes to the Articles of
    Association and By-Laws than Director Lisenco will be making at the January
    board meeting. They have been received and circulated more than 30-days
    before the January 19th meeting.

    Mike has asked that we include his brief statement (below) as part of this

    I am introducing a number of amendments to the Articles of Association and
    the By-Laws that are designed to grant voting privileges to the President
    and the three Vice-Presidents. They would have voting equality with the
    Directors on all matters with one notable exception. They would not be
    able to vote in elections for the officer positions.

    I believe that this is long overdue. We look to elect from the Board those
    who we feel would be the best leaders of the Board, yet we take their vote
    away as the price of admission. That diminishes their authority and their
    ability to lead. It also makes the potential officer talent pool smaller
    as, perhaps, the best person for the job won’t run for an officer position
    because they lose their vote.

    It doesn’t make sense to me to continue this practice. Let’s get away from
    the “that’s how we always have done it” mentality.

    It make sense that we allow the officers the right to vote. Yes, it does
    change the political landscape but I think it’s for the better and it will
    make the Board stronger.

    I’d be interested in what you think on the matter. We have over a month to
    come to a consensus.

    Thank you.

    73 de Mike N2YBB
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  2. N7ZAL

    N7ZAL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Power hungry I guess. :(
  3. W3WN

    W3WN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Any reason that I can’t put this in my next club newsletter?
  4. N2RJ

    N2RJ XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    By all means.

    This has been spreading like wildfire among local and regional clubs here.
  5. W7DCM

    W7DCM Ham Member QRZ Page

    What specific problem are they trying to address here?

    And what is the consequence of NOT making this change?
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  6. W3WN

    W3WN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks. I like to check with the OP anyway.

    Especially after I got raked over the coals by someone a few months back.
  7. AE5Z

    AE5Z Ham Member QRZ Page

    As I read it, it's a power grab, pure and simple. I hope I am wrong. There appears to be a cancer in the ARRL. Darned shame.
    N7ZAL and K1OIK like this.
  8. W3WN

    W3WN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Dave Sumner K1ZZ & accomplices were running the ARRL for many years. Many would argue for too many.

    We wanted a change of leadership, a breath of fresh air. We finally got that change of leadership.

    But what we’re getting is the exact OPPOSITE of fresh air.

    “Be careful what you wish for. You might get it.”
    K2XT, K8PG, KJ4VTH and 2 others like this.
  9. N0NB

    N0NB Subscriber QRZ Page

    This was posted to the SKCC list this morning as well. As a lowly member, I don't see the need for these changes. But then I don't occupy the lofty heights of amateur radio.

    I suppose if things get too bad I'll just drop the membership. Such is the privilege of not being a life member.
    N4MU, NK2U and N7ZAL like this.
  10. K0IDT

    K0IDT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ron, send me a PM and I'll send along some more info. This needs to get out to as many clubs and people as possible.

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