In a swift and resolute move, the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) has taken a stand, leading to the reclassification of the Batesville Area Radio Club (BARC) as inactive. As a devoted member of the ARRL, I’ve been compelled to uncover the concerning actions of BARC’s present officers, actions that have raised questions about the club’s commitment to the values of amateur radio.
Examining Dubious Actions
Mike Walters, W8ZY, ARRL’s Field Services Manager, didn’t mince words in addressing BARC’s behavior. He acknowledged that my report had shed light on the club’s dubious conduct, prompting him to initiate a comprehensive assessment. Walters’s response, while direct, highlighted the ARRL’s recognition of the importance of maintaining a strong ethical compass within the amateur radio community.
Walters continued, explaining that the ARRL took a proactive approach by contacting the Batesville Area Radio Club and consulting with David Norris, K5UZ, ARRL Delta Division Director, who not only serves as an ARRL Director but is also a life member of the BARC. This collaboration underscores the thorough approach taken by the League in the face of BARC’s actions.
Transparency and Accountability
With the removal of the link to refer new hams to the BARC club, it is apparent that the ARRL does not recommend new hams associate with Batesville Area Radio Club. Although the Affiliation Status of BARC will be retained, the “Inactive” label serves as a stark reminder that the ARRL values transparency and accountability within its community. This move underscores the ARRL’s commitment to maintaining the standards that define amateur radio.
Empowerment through Vigilance
As this situation underscores the ARRL’s commitment to maintaining the standards that define amateur radio, it’s a reminder that our community thrives when its members are vigilant. If an ARRL-affiliated club is not maintaining a strong ethical compass, if they’re not representing the ARRL as they should, it’s up to us to make our voices heard. Whether you’re an ARRL member or not, you have the power to ensure the integrity of amateur radio. Contact your Division Director or the ARRL’s Field Services Manager, and let your concerns be known.
Find an ACTIVE & recommended ARRL-affiliated club near you, follow this link: http://www.arrl.org/find-a-club.
George Clayton Cavaness, ARRL member, seeks to shed light on matters impacting the integrity of the amateur radio community. All your comments are welcome!