“Batesville Area Radio Club Shocks Members by Kicking Out Active Contributors Without Notice”
Amateur Radio Operator Warning! Don’t blindly join the Batesville Area Radio Club located in Batesville, AR as we did, if only we had known…
NOTICE! American Radio Relay League (ARRL ) TAKES ACTION!
I will try to make this short because today is my birthday !(1/31/2023). One that I would not have been here for if it were not for God answering many prayers and giving me a wonderful, caring person, Sheri, to be faithfully by my side. Side note: cancer sucks.
Our Ham Radio journey began when our niece couldn’t be reached for hours after a tornado struck her house in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Motivated by this incident, Sheri (AB5SC) and I (AG5CC) pursued our amateur radio license, studied diligently, and eventually passed the exams. Currently, we hold the Amateur Extra class license and serve as Volunteer Examiners. Along the way, we became members of the Batesville Area Radio Club, which is situated in our hometown of Batesville, Arkansas, and actively supported its activities.
Yesterday afternoon, Greg McKinney (K5GNT), the current Secretary of the Batesville Area Radio Club (BARC) and undoubtedly the letter’s author, sent me (and Sheri) a wonderful early birthday gift in the form of an email. Although the letter is “signed” by the current President and Vice President of BARC, it is clear that Greg McKinney wrote it. Although the letter contains no specifics for its accusations it is In short, a notification that BARC has revoked our membership.
I do mean gift; I feel happy to be free from my responsibilities as a club member to attempt to hold the officers accountable for their actions.The club’s mistreatment of new, longtime, and lifetime members was so egregious that it made me ashamed to admit my membership. I should have realized this when they openly cheated on Field Day. Witnessing the officers’ abuse of power was particularly shameful, but Sheri and I took it upon ourselves to do what was right, and in doing so, we lifted the burden of shame from our membership.
Some might ask, “Did you really try? or say something like “You get out what you put in.” One person even asked, “Why would you stay…?”
Here is a list of some of the contributions that Sheri and I have made to the club since we joined in July 2020:
- Net Control, calling 23 nets as a member of the club.
- Took on the responsibility of Public Information Officer (PIO) for a year, promoting the club through the local newspaper, websites, social media, and radio stations.
- Designed and created a brand-new club website, spending countless hours on design, photos, and content to promote the club in a positive way and provide members with a new way to view club information and radio events.
- Took hundreds of photos of club events and posted them on the website and social media to further promote the good will of club.
- New website was hosted free of charge on our personal web server for over a year.
- Rebuilt the Facebook Page and created a new Facebook group. Again, spending countless hours creating graphics, images, and content promoting the club in a positive manner.
- Designed an updated club logo to help promote the club that was officially voted in as a new club logo.
- Donated money, labor, and materials to the construction of the new repeater shack. We contributed over 10% of the total estimated cost of the shack.
- Designed and procured the permanent sign for the new shack and hand painted the sign for the donation of fencing around the shack.
- Designed and procured the commemorative plaque of the new repeater shack.
- Designed and procured promotional business cards for all club members to have to promote the club.
- Attended our first Field Day for which Sheri and I donated and delivered over $150.00 of drinks and ice for the whole event.
- Continued maintenance of the website including backups, preventing malicious attacks, and updates even after I resigned as PIO and during my battle with throat cancer.
- Donated time to successfully move and restore the club website to a new server and domain name after it was left inaccessible by the death of the president of the club and implemented a system to ensure it won’t happen in the future.
- Donated time and talent to the election committee and created election ballots and website pages so ALL members would be informed of the election and have the ability to cast their vote.
- Awarded a plaque of appreciation from the Batesville Area Radio Club by the past President before his death.
- Wrote an official inquiry, (soon to be publicly published) as a member in good standing, detailing direct violations of club bylaws by the officers, with supporting documentation, that needs to be investigated for the good of the club. Is this what they call the “letter of disenchantment” in our notification letter?
Sheri and I created this list to demonstrate that we were active and committed members of the club who invested both financially and physically in what we believed was a community-serving, egalitarian, and amateur-radio-promoting organization. At the time, we were willing, able, and eager to participate in the club’s activities and events.
Despite our significant contributions to the club over a period of 2-1/2 years, the club members “voted” us out without any prior notification, warning, or response to our inquiries.
We expected higher standards from an “established” Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) affiliated club.
We created this list to reach out to the 2/3 of the club’s “active” members who allegedly voted to revoke our membership without providing us with any chance to represent ourselves. Additionally, we want to communicate with those members who were not contacted at all.
All of my and Sheri’s actions have been with only “what is best for the club” in mind. We have faithfully and morally followed the truth with the good of the club and all members in our hearts. All those that have “vowed” to follow us because of our actions. Please do!
Once again, I want to emphasize that this is my personal experience with my first ARRL-affiliated club in the amateur radio community.
A friend of mine created a group where you can
Play Radio and Have a Good Time:
My final unsolicited advice to any new Amateur Radio Operator, especially in the Batesville, Arkansas area, looking to join a local radio club: Ask how many events/programs they offer every month; business meetings don’t count. If it’s not more than a picnic and a field day, find another club.
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By sharing my experiences with the Batesville Area Radio Club, I hope to prevent others from experiencing the same disappointment, grief and regret. I strongly urge you to share your own experiences with the club, whether positive or negative, in the comments section. It would be valuable for both myself and others to become aware of different perspectives. I kindly request that you help spread the word by sharing my posts on social media platforms. By doing so, we can encourage others to ask questions and engage in meaningful discussions. Feel free to share my content across your social networks.