[aprssig] ARRL Addresses

Andrew Rich vk4tec at tech-software.net
Fri Jan 2 17:08:41 EST 2009

There are other countries beside the USA 


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Andy McMullin 
  To: aprssig at tapr.org 
  Sent: Saturday, January 03, 2009 2:06 AM
  Subject: [aprssig] ARRL Addresses

  On 2 Jan 2009, at 12:00, aprssig-request at tapr.org wrote:

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    Date: Thu, 01 Jan 2009 07:26:16 -0500
    From: "Richard Amirault" <ramirault at verizon.net>
    Subject: Re: [aprssig] Objects vs real stations
    To: "TAPR APRS Mailing List" <aprssig at tapr.org>
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    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: "Bob Bruninga "

          a) Every ham should set his ARRL email address

        Isn't that only available to ARRL members?

      Yes, I assumed that any active amateur radio operator would be a member of 

      the National Organization for Amateur Radio,  (the ARRL).  In todays 

      society of competing interest for the electromagnetic spectrum, it seems 

      to me to be only in the best interest of each one of us to support our 

      national organization to maintain our access to RF.

    Well, here's another point that you and I disagree with.  You assume that 
    because it makes sense TO YOU that everyone else feels the same way.

    I, personally, am a member of ARRL, but I know many hams that are not. Some 
    disagree with the ARRL's policies and/or actions .. others feel it's too 
    much money to join .. and there are a few that don't know that much about 
    them so haven't decided one way or another.

  As someone also tried to point out, your messages are all very USA-centric too. Sometimes depressingly so.....

  Anyway, radio amateurs come from all over the world. It's a big planet and not all join your American Radio Relay League -- because they're not American -- does that make it plain enough? So, worldwide, more "hams" (as you Americans like to call us) do NOT have ARRL membership than do. So Bob's statement could be taken as insulting for the rest of us -- along with the attitude that we are not active operators because we might not be members of your association.

  Of course, as well as being a member of the RSGB I am a member of the ARRL -- but that's because I like reading QST rather than the services it might provide provide were I in the USA. Which address should I set then? My country's national organisation or yours?

  Andy, G8TQH


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