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Ham spam

Yesterday I received an email from our NNJ section manager espousing support for my opponent and including a nasty attack on me, my candidacy and my now infamous 75 foot tower. It was sent to a distribution list of what appears to be ARRL members in the NNJ section. He claims that he is, "sending this to email addresses I compiled while campaigning using my private email account and private email server."

The problem is that I requested to be unsubscribed from his campaign email list over a year ago. He told me then that he had honored the request and sent me an email saying that I had been removed. The problem is that I am still getting these emails today.

Spam is no joke. Spam is also illegal under the CAN-SPAM Act and can carry penalties of up to 5 years in prison and fines of $250,000. I spent well over 10 years in a professional setting taking great pains to ensure compliance of our mass mailing systems. I have had to work not only with ISPs but under guidelines of Gove…

The problem is not numbers of hams! It's membership

My opponent is now claiming that "the number of active hams is declining." I guess he hasn't been on FT8 lately, nor operated a contest. Fact is, there are many, active hams today. In fact, license numbers in the past few years are the highest they've ever been.

I'll tell you what is steadily dropping - ARRL membership. Of these new hams, I was told that something like 6000 join and 600 remain after 1 year. This is extremely troubling, and my opponent makes absolutely no mention of this.

To stem this tide, the ARRL needs to completely reinvent itself, and get rid of some of the old ways things have always been done. To begin with, an emphasis has to be placed on member service - accurate, quick, efficient. People aren't wasting $49 per year only to endure processes that are broken. And no, "the needs of the corporation" should never, ever outweigh the needs of the membership. This is a fundamental, non-negotiable disagreement we have, and I am absol…