I like what you say about making us ‘modern, relevant, vibrant and nationally important resource…’ – any chance you could elaborate on exactly what you think we need to do, how we can do it, and what duration it will take to move to ARRL 2.0?
When the Executive Committee was created, FREE teleconferencing did not exist, and long distance phone calls were expensive. The Executive Committee runs the League between Board Meetings. I’d reduce the power of the Executive Committee and increase the frequency of Board teleconferences. That would be modern.
I’d like to live stream ARRL Board meetings, to make things more transparent.
I’d want to put together a package of benefits to potential new members that doesn’t exist today. For example:
— Free digital only QST for Year 1 of new licensees
— A low cost basic membership: one idea — no QSL bureau (inbound or outbound)
— A standard membership with standard privileges
— A premium membership, and I need to think about what would command a premium. But I’m thinking about a basket of privileges (discount on publications, 500 outbound QSLs, mobile app access to the repeater directory — unless that already exists — and so forth).
We have a lot of members who are EMCOMM and Public Service types. Next weekend I’m volunteering at the Head of the Charles Regatta myself. What are we doing for Public Service hams? Do they have to go through a separate clearance process with each organization where they volunteer? Could ARRL create a standard clearance process? The board which certifies Professional Engineers, for a fee per state, can qualify a PE in any number of states. Could ARRL qualify hams with a number of organizations (Red Cross, HOCR, Boston Marathon, etc.)?
And let me toss the ball back at you. What should ARRL do to move to ARRL 2.0? I’m really interested.