QST product review on 6300 & 6700 in April 2015

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Thanks for providing to all Flexer. Maybe 1 or 2 not ARRL members :-)
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Chris DL5NAM

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Posted 4 years ago

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Rob N4GA

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How could any serious ham not be a member of the one and only organization that attempts to support us all?

I know we're all cheap, but wow.
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Burt Fisher

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All? I don't want to impose my will on my neighbors by supporting a law that negates contracts. The ARRL is an old boys network, look how long the paid staff has been there.
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Rob N4GA

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Nothing's perfect, Burt. Let's hear your alternative..

We're lucky there's ANYone ANYwhere paying ANY attention to this ludicrous hobby. 

Old boys network or not.
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Burt Fisher

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I am a member, but you said the ARRL supports us all, they do not. That was my point. I joined for the magazine, nothing more. Just like I joined the Massachusetts Teachers Association, I despise their liberal politics but wanted the union protection. Incidentally 20 years ago I was an ARRL VE, they withdrew my credentials, not because of any failings I had but because of my opinions on ham radio. The old boy network has a little Vladimir Putin in them.   
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Rob N4GA

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..welcome to the club
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KY6LA - Howard, Elmer

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@Burt

As one who has been known to take controversial positions myself, i must admit that in you I have finally found someone who can be more controversial than me.

I don't live in an HOA...in fact we bought our current house the week after the HOA CC&R's expired. But in this case, the history behind the HOA ban on Antennas necessitates the removal of these impediments. History? Yes. CC&R'S were originally invented and imposed on developers by Banks so that they could have a consistent lending product when thet resold mortgages to investors. They have nothing to do with the quality of life or maintenance of property values. Antenna restrictions were imposed partially as a sop to the cable TV interests who paid developers to include them. In fact, there are númer studies that show that properties appreciate much faster after HOA restorations expire.

Realistically in most areas of the country its almost impossible to buy an affordable home without HOA CC&R's

Congress has already removed restrictions (thank the satellite TV lobby) for Over The Air Receiving Devices. It's time to stop punishing hams who are stuck in HOA's
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Jon - KF2E

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Burt,

Perhaps you could expand on what you mean by this...

"The old boy network has a little Vladimir Putin in them."

Are you comparing the leadership of the ARRL to Vladimir Putin?

Jon...kf2e
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Burt Fisher

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Howard: Receiving television is far more important than ham radio. Television provides news, education, entertainment whereas ham radio provides CQ TEST, 59 repeat all, HI HI, in other words little of substance in many cases.
Jon:  I am comparing the leadership of the ARRL to  a little of Vladimir Putin. Father knows all, we have been in office for ever and plan to stay that way until SK. You have evidence to the contrary?
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Jon - KF2E

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No Burt, I guess I don't see the comparison between the folks at the ARRL that have spent their careers trying to support and advance amateur radio and a bully like Putin. I also don't see anything similar between trying to ensure amateurs can have an antenna on their property with shooting down airliners and invading neighboring countries. As near as I can tell the ARRL has attempted to make change from within our system of government. I can't say the same for Putin.

I think you might have spent too many years protected by the union and have forgotten about civility.

Jon...kf2e
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If they are out of the USA, then not a big reason to join, especially since they have an organization on their home turf.

Speaking of "cheap" at the local testing site for Amateur Radio license, the VE's commented taking tests at their site was US$5 as opposed to another local VE group that charges US$15.  Considering all the time and effort to prepare and take the  exam, a savings of US$10 would not be come to mind.  They are not recovering their costs at $5 I should think.  Anyway, the XYL passed Technician exam so now have to share the Flex 6500 with her...

Regards,

k3Tim / MS-EE / PE / PP-SEL IFR / ARRL VCE
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Burt Fisher

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"the XYL", like, "the car" or "the rig" , try being personal as in "my wife", she is not a material item.
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Rob N4GA

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If they are out of the USA, then not a big reason to join, especially since they have an organization on their home turf.

Well then he should not try to read the articles for free in that case. Since there's no need. :)

And now, you need to buy another FLEX!! You can't share these things...that's ridiculous.

And good point on the VE topic. I'm looking into becoming one myself!
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This topic as gone off the rails as an editorial on the value of the ARRL and has nothing to do with the original praise post so I am closing it.

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