Re: Disappointed in Triple Play "plaque"


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Bill:

1.  The Awards and Contesting forums were created by ARRL and were announced in the ARRL Letter and on the website.  An ARRL Governance forum was also announced but appears to have never happened.  I did not subscribe to the ARRL LOTW forum and thus can't comment.

2.  Both the Awards and Contesting forums were billed as discussion groups between members and HQ offices.  Obviously, Directors, Vice-Directors, and Officers are welcome and encouraged, I'm sure.  But the expressed purpose of the lists was to facilitate member interaction with David's crew at HQ.

So far, all of the subjects that have arisen here fall into the "Operations" category, and the answers/resolutions will be found in Newington, not with the BoD.

ARRL's regional organization creates stovepipes or silos ... vertical structures based on arbitrary [and meaningless] regions with little if any information and discussion paths between them.  I had no reason to find out who the Director of the Dakota Division is, or who the NTX SM is, neither you nor he is in my silo and thus, while I recognized your call [who doesn't? 😉], the fact that you are a Director went unnoticed.  If other Directors post, they're just another ham to me unless identified and the posts are regular.  I know about Ria and the Hudson division only because Ria defies the structure and has a visible and reliable presence on many of the forums ... including non-ARRL ones.

These forums are not optimal methods of communication but they're all we have, at least right now.  Every time a member comes here and "vents" about something such as the quality of an award, it represents yet another time that the way it should have worked at HQ -- didn't.  The BPL goat-rope was an exception.  Ed Hare, who led the ARRL effort, was highly communicative, there was a steady stream of news, research, and results, coupled with good ideas for communicating the Amateur position to the FCC.  That needs to be the pattern for everything else at HQ.

Be aware ... the clock is ticking for ARRL.  Membership as a fraction of licensed amateurs is abysmally low.  We're gaining new licensees at a pretty good clip.  ARRL is an anachronistic irrelevance for a growing number of them.

73,

Fred ["Skip"] K6DGW
Sparks NV DM09dn
Washoe County

PS: Having suffered through 4 years of high school Latin, I'm aware that, technically, the plural of Forum is Fora.  It just never seems to work well in English sentences.

On 7/26/2021 10:14 PM, Bill AC0W wrote:

There are other ARRL representatives on the list, just by the time I receive and read the messages Ria typically has already responded.

As for not having very many ARRL representatives here I have to put part of the blame on whoever started the list. I can't speak for others but I never received an invite to join the list when I became a director. Nor was I made aware the purpose of the list is to have an exchange with HQ which would have given me reason to join. It was some time after becoming a director that I learned of this and joined the list.

But then it is pretty easy to start a list, claim to have contact with a group of individuals that most likely were not invited and then accuse them of various things.

Bill
AC0W
Dakota Division Director

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