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Ask Perry: Why Is the ARRL in Connecticut?

from The ARRL Letter, Vol 27, No 43 on October 31, 2008
Website: http://www.arrl.org/
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Ask Perry: Why Is the ARRL in Connecticut?

Every once in a while, ARRL Archivist Perry Williams, W1UED -- a rich source of information about the early days of the League -- runs across a question that really needs an answer. Earlier this month, someone posed this question to Perry: Why was Connecticut chosen as the site for ARRL?

"To answer that question," Perry explained, "consider a parable: Why did the tree choose to grow in this forest? Because that is where the seed fell on fertile ground. The seed that became ARRL fell on Hartford, Connecticut in 1914. When it sprouted, it was cultivated initially by two men: Hiram Percy Maxim, 1WH (he became W1AW after World War I), and Clarence D. Tuska, 1WD, who was still in his teens when the League began.

"Maxim was an inventor in a family of inventors, an industrialist. He was founder of the Maxim Silencer Company, making devices to keep firearms and engines quiet, as well as a principal in a company involved first in making bicycles and then autos. He was also a writer with an early interest in motion pictures (he was also founder of the Amateur Cinematographic League) and on and on. Most of these activities were in or near Hartford, where he lived with his family.

"Tuska manned the hoe and trowel around the ARRL seedling. Soon after the ARRL's founding, Maxim settled in as President, an office he held until his death in 1936. In those early days, Tuska served as Secretary. Together, Maxim and Tuska founded the magazine QST as a private venture in 1915 out of their own pockets; Tuska was its Editor until the United States got into WWI and amateurs were taken off the air. Tuska closed down the 'offices' of ARRL and QST -- they were in his mother's kitchen -- and joined the Army." Williams said that the story doesn't end here -- to find out more, please see "Two Hundred Meters and Down," by Clinton B DeSoto, W1CBD (SK) http://www.arrl.org/catalog/?item=0011.

Williams continued: "By the time the Tree had grown to the point to merit relocation elsewhere (this issue has been examined many times by the ARRL's elected, unpaid Board), transplanting it never came out as feasible: The Hartford-area roots were too deep."

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The ARRL Letter Vol. 27, No. 43 October 31, 2008

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Ask Perry: Why Is the ARRL in Connecticut?  
by W4LGH on November 3, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Yep..Thats when the ARRL was truly good, and tried to help Ham Radio...Now it has just become another Greedy Big Business venture, and only cares about the money!

David Summer has really run it into the ground, and now I refer to the ARRL as "The Annoying Rotten Radio League"

Think about it, just about all their ideas for Ham radio have been pretty ROTTEN over the past 10 years.
Their success rate of what they have tackled has also been pretty ROTTEN.

Their letters and begging for more money gets pretty ANNOYING, along with any time David Summer opens his mouth!!

I am sure "Hiram Percy Maxim" would turns over in his grave, to see what David Summer and HIS Exec Board has done to his organization.

73 de W4LGH - Alan
http://www.w4lgh.com

 
Ask Perry: Why Is the ARRL in Connecticut?  
by N2EY on November 3, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Actually, the ARRL isn't in Connecticut.

ARRL Headquarters and the Maxim Memorial station W1AW are in Connecticut - I've been there, they do very good work.

But "ARRL" isn't just Headquarters. It's the membership, the Field Organization, the affiliated clubs, the operating activities, the contributing authors, etc.

73 de Jim, N2EY

"I'm the ARRL"
 
RE: Ask Perry: Why Is the ARRL in Connecticut?  
by N2EY on November 3, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
W4LGH writes: "Think about it, just about all their ideas for Ham radio have been pretty ROTTEN over the past 10 years."

OK, Alan, I'll bite.

What ARRL ideas have been "rotten" in the past 10 years? Specifics, please, not generalities.

W4LGH: "Their letters and begging for more money gets pretty ANNOYING, along with any time David Summer opens his mouth!!"

You mean the Spectrum Defense Fund and such? How would *you* fund such efforts? Particularly in the face of an FCC that supports things like BPL? Heck, how many hams outside of BPL service areas would even know BPL existed if the ARRL hadn't made a lot of noise about it?

W4LGH: "I am sure "Hiram Percy Maxim" would turns over in his grave, to see what David Summer and HIS Exec Board has done to his organization."

Why? What would Maxim, Tuska, Stewart and the others do differently?

I seem to recall that, right after WW1, there was a bond issue floated by Maxim and the others to fund the restarting of ARRL and QST. The ARRL had no assets then, but plenty of debt, and the chances of those bonds ever being paid was somewhat doubtful. Yet they were all sold. Many have never been cashed in.

btw, recently the FCC announced the issuing of an experimental license for a high powered Alaskan digital system that could operate on part of 40 meters. ARRL protested and the license was changed to eliminate the 40 meter part.

73 de Jim, N2EY
 
RE: Ask Perry: Why Is the ARRL in Connecticut?  
by W4LGH on November 3, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Jim ,N2EY, I will not debate this with you. You are already known on these systems as a trouble maker, and you are trying to start it here. Go somewhere else.

It is my right to post my opinions, just like anyone else. Just like it is my right, to completely ignore you and what you try to do on here. So go try it with someone else, who doesn't know your colorful background.

The ARRL, Annoying Rotten Radio League...PERIOD!
 
RE: Ask Perry: Why Is the ARRL in Connecticut?  
by N2EY on November 4, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
W4LGH writes: "I will not debate this with you. You are already known on these systems as a trouble maker, and you are trying to start it here. Go somewhere else."

You don't have to debate anyone, Alan. But you've made statements with no specifics. All I've done is ask for specifics.

W4LGH: "It is my right to post my opinions, just like anyone else."

Including me.

However, every right carries with it a matching responsibility. The right to free speech carries with it the responsibility to speak only the truth as one sees it, and the responsibility to listen to others' truth and hear what they have to say.

W4LGH: "Just like it is my right, to completely ignore you and what you try to do on here. So go try it with someone else, who doesn't know your colorful background."

Well I've never heard my background described as "colorful"....but I'll take that as a compliment.

Yes, anyone can post an opinion on anything. That doesn't mean that all opinions are of equal merit or validity. Nor does it mean that everything is just an opinion.

Some opinions are based on proven facts and sound reasoning. Those are of high merit and validity. Others are based on rumors or outright lies, connected by faulty logic. Those opinions have no merit nor validity, regardless of who expresses them.

For example, someone can post the "opinion" that the earth is flat, or less than 7000 years old, but such "opinions" don't have any merit nor validity because they are based on faulty reasoning and/or fictions.

The usual way to determine the merit and validity of an opinion is to examine the facts and reasoning upon which it is based. For example, if someone were to say that a certain rig is the best-performing one on the market today, the way to determine the merit and validity of that opinion would be to look at the specifications and features, verify them in lab and on-air tests, and compare with other rigs.

But what you're doing is the same as the person who claims a certain rig is the best, but then will give no specifications, allow no tests, nor perform any comparisons, and simply insisting "It just is the best!"

You've said a bunch of very general, very negative things about the League, but when asked for specifics about them you clam up and make it about the questioner. That response indicates you don't have any real facts nor sound reasoning behind those negative statements.

W4LGH: "...PERIOD!"

When someone expresses an opinion and ends with 'PERIOD!', what they are really saying is that their mind is closed to any opposing facts or reasoning. You're essentially telling all those who disagree with you to shut up.

Which tells us a lot about the merit and validity of the opinion. The person with facts and sound reasoning isn't afraid to lay them all out for others to see.

73 de Jim, N2EY

....off to vote now....
 
RE: Ask Perry: Why Is the ARRL in Connecticut?  
by W3WN on November 4, 2008 Mail this to a friend!
Yes Alan, you are entitled to your Opinion.

Without facts to back up your statements, that all that your posting is.

Jim asked you for facts. You declined to provide them. So be it.

So don't take it personally when people ask you, politely or otherwise, to make it CLEAR that your statements are your OPINION. Until you provide the FACTS to back these opinions up, they can not be rationally accepted at face value.

...and believe it or not, I don't think all of your opinions are groundless, based on my own knowledge. But without factual background, they are merely gossip...
 
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