Thursday, January 25, 2018

Who said you can't fight City Hall (or the ARRL)?

It seems that when enough people protest loudly enough and threaten to not renew enough memberships (and I suspect some other monetary hits we know nothing of), the ARRL can indeed listen to the concerns of its members:

Meeting January 19-20, the ARRL Board of Directors adopted a motion to a review the entire code of conduct for Board members, known officially as the ARRL Policy on Board Governance and Conduct of Members of the Board of Directors and Vice Directors. ARRL Officers, Directors, and Vice Directors will review the code of conduct and complete a final draft version by mid-May for the July Board meeting.

In the same motion, the Board deleted and suspended, effective immediately, sections that were considered ambiguous and in conflict with the intent of the code of conduct requiring Board members to act in the best interest of the League's membership.

There's more than that, but that's the part that addresses what I've been making noise about. I have to admit I'm shocked. I honestly expected the BOD to attempt to ignore the issue to death, which I feared would exacerbate an already bad membership trend. While they still may wind up hand us a less than desirable outcome on the subject, at least for now they appear to be paying attention to the concerns of their members.

I shall be cautious about being guardedly optimistic.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

It's all a wonderful head-in-the-sand lifestyle

Until the ugly reality of the world intrudes. Comedian Tim Young was perfectly content to wander through life in Condition White until life sent him 2 armed robbers, who relieved him of his wallet and "tossed him around". A number of witnesses a half-block away failed to rush to his rescue. Considering this happened in still anti-gun Washington DC, they were likely substantially less well armed than the robbers, and wisely kept their distance from the festivities.

Now Young  is seeking a concealed carry permit. “When you’re in an instance where there’s a gun is pointed at you and your life is being threatened for your property and no one’s going to help—and now I know that no one’s going to help—I want to feel more secure. I want to feel safe, and I have something to defend myself with.”

Welcome to our club, Tim. Indoor range is on the right.