Riley says hams that cause all the problems are: "Rude, boisterous, not serious, being stupid, think they know everything, have all the answers, using the same freq's to talk to the same ops every night or every afternoon, and acting like juvenile delinquents...."
So "problems" are mostly a matter of opinion and attitude. My opinion is that anything covered by the 1st Amendment is not a problem, and if the FCC ever finds a problem with my station, I'll rely on the Bill of Rights, and especially the due process enshrined in the 5th amendment.
The ARRL is the #1 club leading the judgment brigade, apparently of the opinion that religion, politics, and arguments are "bad for ham radio" if you read "It Seems to Us" and if I made money from a ham radio business, I'd probably feel the same way. If you're promoting ham radio for emcomm and receiving money for promoting same, then arguments, religion, politics, boisterous behavior, etc., are bad for business.
ARRL members (like me, Dave Sumner, and Riley) only make up 20% of the ham population, so in many ways you might say we're the tail attempting to wag the dog. Maybe so, but unlike many ARRL members, I enjoy mixing it up, telling jokes, talking about anything and everything that's legal to talk about, and for me, that's what makes ham radio fun. You, me, Riley, and Dave, may all have different opinions, and that's fine too.
Membership = approx. 20% of licensed amateurs
Revenue 15.5 million
Expenditures 15.8 million
Assets 15.1 million (end of year)
Salaries, compensation and benefits 7.2 million
Publication costs 2.4 million
Shipping and forwarding costs 1.5 million
Communication and postage 848,000
Office supplies and expenditures 808,000
Occupancy costs 544,881
Legal and professional fees 454,097
Administrative expenses 441,813
Rentals and equipment maintenance 299,785
Totals 15.8 million
(Restricted assets = funds like 'Defense of Freq.' and 'HP Maxim award' = 2.1 million)
Dave Sumner made $173,000 which is peanuts for a CEO in Newington, Connecticut. The median annual Chief Executive Officer salary is $772,207 in Newington. Taxes are above the U.S. median but housing prices in sections of CT with good schools and low crime can be had for $175,000- $220,000, including in Coventry, CT, in the boondocks, east of Hartford, where Dave and Linda Sumner reside.
Some people say ARRL has become an outdated racket that represents the narrow interests of a few old white men in a dying hobby, but I like to think of the ARRL as a fully restored Model T, proudly displayed on a late September afternoon. Sure, in this day of the iphone, it's an anachronism, like the FCC and their 30's era regulations, but they're all part of our shared history as Americans, and I'm happy to donate to the museum that preserves that history.
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