Where Never Is Heard... ARRL Board "Code of Conduct" on HamRadioNow

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KN4AQ, Dec 4, 2017.

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  1. KN4AQ

    KN4AQ Ham Member QRZ Page

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    Our cryptic title refers to the ARRL Code of Conduct for Directors, initiated in January 2017, that contains multiple provisions requiring Directors to support League positions even if they personally disagree, and not publicly speak against them. The link takes you to a copy of the PDF that I've marked up to highlight the many sections that apply.

    This HamRadioNow program brings CQ editor Rich Moseson W2VU, blogger and podcaster Dan Romanchik KB6NU and blogger and podcaster Sterling Coffey N0SSC together with hosts David W0DHG and Gary KN4AQ for an in-depth discussion of the Code of Conduct and the underlying issues with the ARRL Board.

    We talk about how the Board has apparently been systematically removing 'disruptive' members by finding ways to keep them from running for re-election (Doug Rehman K4AC [former SE Div Director], Bob Famiglio K3RF [EPA Vice Director, seeking to run for Director]), and how we predict that will happen to current SW Div Director Dick Norton N6AA following his censure by the Board for allegedly speaking out against the Code of Conduct at the Visalia International DX Conference in April 2017.

    CQ's December editorial, ARRL: Circling the Wagons, and a White Paper with even more details on what's happening at the ARRL Board, will be online soon at the CQ web site. CQ's January editorial will focus on the Code of Conduct itself.

    Dan Romanchik KB6NU's blog post - What the heck is the ARRL Board thinking? - on Dick Norton's censure contains comments from prominent hams who were there and said that Dick spoke about the Code of Conduct, but not against it. The minutes of the meeting where the Code was approved show that Dick and two others Board members voted against it.

    Here's the show. You can get the audio-only version at our web site, https://HamRadioNow.tv, or on your favorite podcast app:

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  2. WB8VLC

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    Oh boy now you went ahead and did it Gary,

    This sure sounds like a large Australian marsupial running back-n-forth on a wood floor thingamajiggy tossing a large Orange ball in a net, I'm sure you can figure this meaning out.

    I sure feel like I pulled a RIP-VAN-WINKLE and woke up to have Adolph Schicklgruber and his clan running the ARRL.

    Also, I sure hope that none of you 5 rabble-rousers use LOTW or subscribe to QST like dummy me because if you do then I'd wager that next week yours and my TQSL certificates will stop working and our remaining issues of QST will be lost in the mail.

    I wonder if there is any way to have my remaining 11 months of QST credited to another magazine?
  3. WU8Y

    WU8Y Ham Member QRZ Page

    Moar typical League-bashing.
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  4. N2SUB

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    I guess you didn't really watch the video.....these guys all have a vested interest and a long history with the ARRL, and are not only urging ARRL members not to quit, but asking for non-members to join the ARRL in order to vote out those directors that have let the ARRL as they know it go astray. While I'm not sure my hip-waders can go that deep into the political swamp, this in clearly NOT league-bashing, it is a presentation of the state of the league. Don't bury your head in the sand.
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  5. KQ6XA

    KQ6XA Ham Member QRZ Page

    ARRL is not "your friend".
    It is essentially a corporation run for the enjoyment and profit of some guys in Connecticut.
    The sooner you learn that, the better.
    W8ES, K3RLD, K1OIK and 14 others like this.
  6. N6QIC

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    I agree, and to talk on your radio is free, unless you choose to pay someone.
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    Last edited: Dec 5, 2017
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  7. KU4GW

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    I may not always agree with some of the things the ARRL does or proposes, but we don't have anyone else representing us and helping protect our frequency spectrum in Washington, D.C.
    KC1JA, W7FF, WU8Y and 1 other person like this.
  8. KN4AQ

    KN4AQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    That's one reason we're not saying "burn it down."

    But the ARRL doesn't have any oversight, and critical Directors are being muzzled and turfed out. As the CQ editorial asks, "What is the ARRL afraid of?"

    These five Directors are up for election next year. Their constituents should be asking them that question, and the answers should be public (list courtesy of www.N0SSC.com) :
    • Kermit Carlson W9XA (Central Division, member of the now-infamous Ethics & Elections Committee and maker of the censure motion)
    • Mike Lisenco N2YBB (Hudson Division, member of the Executive Committee and the one who seconded the censure motion)
    • Tom Frenaye K1KI (New England Division and member of the Ethics and Elections Committee)
    • Jim Pace K7CEX (Northwestern Division and member of the Ethics & Elections Committee)
    • Jim Boehner N2ZZ (Roanoke Division).
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  9. KA4VNM

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    One voice is good, but only after healthy debate and compromise, anything other than that is not representative of the membership. We need leadership and representation in DC and the rest of the world, but only if it reflects a well thought and well debated position that is best for all of Amateur Radio.
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  10. KN4AQ

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    If you read the Code of Conduct, it does encourage 'healthy debate and compromise" and consideration of member's input, but only within the walls of the Board Room.

    Before the Board votes on a motion, Board members are free to discuss and debate issues with members. But once the Board arrives at a decision our representatives are prohibited from telling us about the discussions, the pro's and con's, that came up at the Board meeting. If a vote isn't recorded, they can't even tell us how they voted. They can't tell is if they disagreed with the decision, or why, even if they say "I disagree, but I support the vote of the majority." The code says they have to fall in line, and suggests that if they can't, they should quit.

    I don't think it's a stretch to say that the Board members can't even review the League member's debate that happened before the vote was taken - at least not the 'con' side. Well, they can, technically, as long as their comments can't possibly "bring the (ARRL) into disrepute". And who gets to decide if those commends do bring disrepute? The rest of the ARRL Board.

    The Code notes that Directors need to be able to candidly debate issues without... what? Us learning about what they said? Whether or not North Korea should be a DX Entity? Whether or not we should reinstate the Morse code requirement?

    issues fall in that category. Personnel matters are usually confidential. But today sessions of Congress, many congressional committee meetings and hearings, some courtrooms, many state legislatures and even county and city council meetings are broadcast live on the Internet for all to see. And fall asleep to.

    As CQ editor Rich Moseson W2VU asks in the December editorial, "What is the ARRL afraid of?"

    This is far from over.
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2017
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