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Author Topic: Is ARRL Life Membership Worth It?  (Read 46793 times)
KC9QFP
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« Reply #30 on: July 19, 2010, 06:50:48 PM »

I'm convinced.  Just renewed for three years within the past 30 days or so.  Any chance they'll let me tack on $11 more which would put me on the quarterly payment schedule?  I've sent in the question to the customer service department and will find out for sure from them, just wondering what you all thought.

73s

John KC9QFP
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W5LZ
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« Reply #31 on: July 23, 2010, 06:57:37 PM »

If you like the magazine, and you are young enough, it's probably worth it.  Other wise, no it isn't.
Paul
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WM9V
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« Reply #32 on: August 19, 2010, 03:23:33 PM »

i just got one  those packets the nra sends with a promo check towards life membership
400 dollars towards a thousand dollar life membership
i wont be renewing my NRA membership anymore
especially after seeing the latest debacle in congress,
 where they got special dispensation in legislation designed to protect campaign donors
see the gun owners of america site for that info
ditto about the league ....their political clout is nill to limp
i still cant fly in to Illinois with a firearm to this day ...
after decades of lawsuits nationwide , the brady bunch in Illinois has just made all of US
criminals
now the governor appointed to fill BLaggos old job wants to ban all guns in Illinois
we did our part ...dues and letter writing and tables at the gun shows
when the state of Illinois and CHicago city council continue to defy the US SCOTUS,
it's time to give up
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W5JON
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« Reply #33 on: August 19, 2010, 05:57:40 PM »

As I remember it, the XYL Cathy (W5HAM), puchased my Life Membership for $104.00 (4 quarterly payments of $26.00) in the early 1970's.  So it has been a really good deal for me. Your results may vary.

73,

John W5JON
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W7ETA
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« Reply #34 on: August 20, 2010, 08:56:39 PM »

When I bought my Life Time membership, it was about supporting The League.  It wasn't about buying a life time subscription to QST.

For me, there isn't any way to calculate the Net Present Value of a Life Time Membership.

After I became a widower, I put the ARRL in my will--ZERO net present value to that!!!

73
Bob
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KJ4VTH
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« Reply #35 on: September 14, 2010, 07:36:58 PM »

I think it's a pretty good deal.  Ask me again in 25 years.  Smiley
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KX8N
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« Reply #36 on: October 11, 2010, 05:33:29 PM »

Well, a lifetime membership equates to about 25 years at the current $39 rate. So I guess you have to factor in how long you think you're going to live (I'm 38, I hope I have another 25 years in me, but my father died in his mid 50's), and you have to factor rising membership costs. I think yearly costs have only gone up about $5 since I became licensed 10 years ago.
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N7DM
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« Reply #37 on: October 14, 2010, 11:51:03 AM »

Monetarily, *my* $150 Lifer, circa 1971, has been worth every cent.  QST has become a three minute read, and most of that is either out of my realm or PAST my realm. HI HI. ARRL?  Losing cause. If ZZ wasn't propping it up so he can retire soon, it'd be as gone as the whole wonderful hobby....................

Sadly

dm
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W5GNB
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« Reply #38 on: October 15, 2010, 06:46:45 PM »

NO, it is NOT worth it.... Neither is the annual membership fee worth it...

The "League" has lost touch with the "Hobby" and is now trying to turn it into a bunch of CB'ers running Contests and playing World Savior on the weekends........

I have always wondered just what it is that makes someone with a radio in his fist a self proclaimed "Expert" in the Emcom world.

We have PAID professionals to do these jobs and they are PROPERLY trained.  The Hams need to get out of the way and quit trying to stroke thier ego's.

And that is MY opinion of the ARRL !!

73's
Gary - W5GNB

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W4KVW
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« Reply #39 on: October 16, 2010, 10:01:08 PM »

"NO"! Huh

CLAYTON
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K1CJS
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« Reply #40 on: October 18, 2010, 05:27:39 AM »

NO, it is NOT worth it.... Neither is the annual membership fee worth it...

The "League" has lost touch with the "Hobby" and is now trying to turn it into a bunch of CB'ers running Contests and playing World Savior on the weekends........

I have always wondered just what it is that makes someone with a radio in his fist a self proclaimed "Expert" in the Emcom world.

We have PAID professionals to do these jobs and they are PROPERLY trained.  The Hams need to get out of the way and quit trying to stroke thier ego's.

And that is MY opinion of the ARRL !!

73's
Gary - W5GNB



I couldn't have put it any better!  Thanks!
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N4VNV
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« Reply #41 on: October 23, 2010, 09:05:43 AM »

I'm sure glad I didn't!  The list of what's wrong is a lot longer than the list of what's right!
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AD6KA
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« Reply #42 on: October 29, 2010, 09:42:31 PM »

Oh gosh, the old "The ARRL is protecting our bands" argument.
Wake up, nobody wants our HF bands, not even the military.
Everything is done with Satcoms now. More reliable,
easier, cheaper. And the ARRL sure did a fine job
of protecting the 220 MHz band, a part of which we
lost to UPS.


Every issue of QST has at least one photo of ARRL
officials off on an all expenses paid junket (or two)
to an obscure "who cares" conference.

Like another poster said, the League protects
the League's interests, not my amateur radio interests.

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KE4DRN
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« Reply #43 on: November 02, 2010, 07:52:46 PM »

hi, 

put the cash in a ROTH account and draw on it every
year to  pay the subscription once you're retired.

73 james
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K1CJS
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« Reply #44 on: November 03, 2010, 10:08:48 AM »

Better yet, put the cash in a ROTH account and let it gather.  THEN, look at the ARRL every year, compare it to what YOU can do with the money you save, sit back and smile.
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