Mike Besemer - WM4B #348 <mwbesemer@...>
I sent a thoughtful and polite email to ARRL leadership today, with copies sent to a number of the officers. I discussed the current issues with FT8, the International Grid Challenge, and DXpedition mode of WSJT-X.
I just received a response from Barry Shelley, N1VXY, ARRL CEO. It read, in total, as follows:
“Just an FYI. While he MAY have a point, WM4B has not been a member since 2016.
I suspect that I was NOT supposed to be included on that response. My reply was as follows:
“So am to understand that NOT being a member causes my inputs to be excluded?
As an aside, the reason I am no longer a member involves a dispute with your merchandizing department. An order I placed arrived to me damaged and my request for assistance was met with a VERY rude response. That is something I refuse to tolerate from any organization and I asked that my membership be canceled on the spot.
Judging from this response, I suspect I made the right decision.
I think they should change their tagline to read “The National Organization for Amateur Radio – as Long as you Pay your Dues”.
It’ll be a cold day before they ever get another penny from me.