On Thursday, October 4, I had a chance to visit and speak with the boys at SEMARA, the Southeastern Massachusetts ARA, W1AEC. The club owns ~three acres with a club house (originally purchased in the 1950’s) and they have a 180′ cell tower in their backyard to produce income for the club and their scholarship fund.
This is a great group of guys, and they had a few interesting ideas for ARRL 2.0.
It is my opinion that this is not a good idea for amateur radio. For a full explanation, click here.
YES! The Ethics & Elections Committee has approved my “ballot statement.” Here it is:
I’m running for ARRL New England Division
Born and raised in the Boston area, I’ve been
an active ham since 1956, with stops at Colby, BC Law and Harvard Business
School. Throughout, the ARRL was there for me; I’ve been a Life Member since
1975 and Diamond Club-level donor to the League. I wrote Antenna Zoning for the Radio Amateur – one of ARRL’s most
highly-acclaimed books. As Volunteer Counsel, I’ve helped hams get tower
permits all over the country. I’ve guided hams throughout our hobby – in EMCOMM,
experimenting, contesting, and public service.
In my view, the ARRL Board has not
delivered on its historic mission. I
is a culture of Board secrecy,
in the National Traffic System were badly handled,
- ARES has troubles,
Amateur Radio Parity Act was a mis-guided initiative,
should attract more new members, and
radio could retain more Technicians.
Membership is declining and aging,
indicating a failure of leadership, perhaps an alienated membership. I fear our
future is not secure.
We must get ARRL back
on track – embracing transparency, becoming member-driven again, and focusing
on issues that are critical to the future of our hobby.
Amateur Radio should be a modern, relevant,
vibrant and nationally important resource – with new leadership from an
enlightened Board that is open and invites membership participation on
I will use my ham radio and professional
background to transform a failing ARRL Board into a healthy and viable
organization for the benefit of Amateur Radio. Together, we will chart a new
path for the ARRL – an organization that must succeed for ham radio to prosper.
To vote for ham radio’s future, please vote for me as New England Division
More? See www.Hams4NewEngland.org.
While I’ve qualified to be on the ballot, I haven’t yet heard from the Ethics & Elections Committee as to whether my 300-word statement, which is delivered with the ballots, has been accepted.
I’ll keep you informed about how the campaign is going.
My first big campaign appearance was at the Boxboro Hamfest, where Dennis Egan, W1UE, moderated a conversation with K1KI and me.
K1KI and I will also appear at NEAR-fest.