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The Fifth Pillar of Amateur Radio: hiding in plain sight

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The Fifth Pillar of Amateur Radio: hiding in plain sight

pillar_pillarLogo“On Saturday, May 17 at the Dayton Hamvention, ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, plans to announce that the League will expand its identity program to include greater emphasis on technology. Harrison explained that “Ham radio operators, and particularly ARRL members, closely identify with current and emerging radio technology.

Today, we are naming ‘technology’ as ARRL’s new fifth pillar.” ARRL’s other four pillars, the underpinnings of the organization, are Public Service, Advocacy, Education and Membership.

“For hams, expanding the four pillars to include technology will reinforce one of the organization’s guiding principles — that ham radio is state-of-the-art, innovative and relevant,” he said.” – The ARRL Letter Vol. 27, No. 19 May 16, 2008

Here comes everybody –

The ARRL (American Radio Relay League), and Amateur Radio by collateral damage, took a beating in on the above release from the ARRL  You can read the comments for yourself.

ARRL President Joel Harrison, W5ZN, tipped his hand (revealed a secret) when he made the statement “that ham radio is state-of-the-art, innovative and relevant”.  Of course, as observed by one writer in, if one has to publicly assert that amateur radio is relevant, state-of-the art, and innovative – then there exists an underlying perception to the contrary.

At least the threat of irrelevancy would be credible enough that it would motivate an organization to make such a statement.  What’s more, if an organization takes an action to mitigate what they say is not true in the first place then this demonstrates that the threat of irrelevancy is credible in their assessment.

Relevancy is only part of the solution

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Written by frrl

May 31, 2009 at 3:23 am

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