I didn't even want to go there, but you are correct. It seems the League takes a point of view that they represent the entire ham population, but their own numbers reflect differently: Total licensed hams in the US ONLY: 744,268 http://www.arrl.org/fcc-license-counts Number of ARRL members WORLDWIDE: ~170,000 http://www.arrl.org/arrl-fact-sheet Within the last few months I have spoken to some members who are getting discouraged. Aside from the dues increase, which was substantial but a long time overdue, the price of everything seems to have increased. I've heard a story of someone sending in money for an award, and getting back a congratulatory letter but no certificate. When they called Newington, they were told that they didn't check a box online so they didn't receive a hard copy of the award. I've never had to specifically ask to have an award sent. Anyway, he felt it was a cost-savings measure since he paid the same amount but got nothing in return. I bought a book yesterday from the ARRL (they ARE good for that) but the price had gone up $3.00 since I last looked at it around Christmas. It's small things like that that are making the league less popular with the "unwashed horde". And in the interest of full disclosure, I am a member of the ARRL.