Re: Grid chase 2022
Gordon Beattie, W2TTT
Please consider these thoughts and refrain from flaming. It's unbecoming, tiresome, and doesn't accomplish anything.
Let's be clear that the ARRL CEO, Dave Minster has extensive academic and operational leadership experience in entrepreneurial environments. It begins with an IT degree from Ohio State and progresses through a long, successful career where he has managed customers, products, employees and shareholders with excellent interpersonal and technical skills across a wide-ranging portfolio.
Here's Dave's LinkedIn page.
Anyone who has contested or DX'd with Dave knows of his skills, competitiveness, and grace when dealing with complex technical and interpersonal challenges.
The timeframe of the LOTW development has spanned the terms of four CEOs, some of whom did not manage effectively. Often their effectiveness was driven by issues on the ARRL Board. The Board is the CEO's boss along with the membership. The Board's own collective style, perspective and skills have recently been evolving to the betterment of the ARRL membership, but change takes time. Some decisions will be unpopular, but a revised roadmap for LOTW has to be considered in the broader and more important context of a roadmap for the ARRL and Amateur Radio.
The priorities of different segments of the Amateur Radio community vary according to how one operates. Lifestyles, physical circumstances, age, and other factors drive different activities that impact LOTW, ARRL membership, and the overall attractiveness of our wonderful hobby and the ways we pursue it. The ARRL CEO, the Board, and HQ staff balance the diverse needs of the membership and sometimes our favorite aspect of the hobby is not on top of the worklist. This is not to say that there is no progress, but it may be at a slower pace, or include elements needed to address the needs of other members.
Arguing about prior decisions, architecture, and business requirements when most of those involved in the process are no longer on the scene, makes little sense and is a waste of energy that does not advance the cause. "No point in crying over spilt milk."
Gordon Beattie, W2TTT