ARRL propagation forecasts

For those of you who subscribe to the ARRL (not everyone does and I have no plans to renew my subs next year),  the weekly propagation forecasts make interesting reading.  Even more interesting are the archived old forecasts, so we can see just how good conditions are compared, for example, with the same time in 2007.  As I mentioned before, if you are not an ARRL member you will not be able to follow the link, I believe.

ARRL members see http://www.arrl.org/w1aw-bulletins-archive/ARLP054/2007 .

Why am I not renewing my digital subscription with ARRL? 
Earlier in the year I could not use my password and it took a week to sort it out. The online help was no help at all. It took several emails before anyone actually helped me. Most of QST seems to be ads similar to those in UK magazines. I cannot see the value in continuing ARRL membership. In summary, the ARRL seemed a pretty useless organisation. I was NOT impressed.

GQRP Club membership is much better value in my view.

Roger Lapthorn, G3XBM, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Cambridge, England.

7 Responses to “ARRL propagation forecasts”

  • Peter kg5wy:

    I agree with Roger about ARRL. I also have had problems with the organization.
    It seems they’ve gotten too big to care about PEOPLE. It’s now all about their income and vanity………….Well, I’d better stop here before someone starts defending the org.

  • Don N4KC:

    Too late, KG5WY. I’ll defend the ARRL. I understand why a non-USA ham would not think League membership was worth the cost, though even that seems a bit shortsighted. However, any amateur in the USA who is not a member because he or she does not see the value of the organization is woefully uninformed.

    The ARRL does far more than publish a monthly magazine. If you don’t know what all those things are–and why it is vital to our hobby to have an organization that does all these things–then you need to spend some time on the League web site or read more of the magazine than the DX column and the ads.

    If you are still not convinced that the League and your membership are necessary, then I suggest you run for Director and represent others who feel the same way and make the League better.

    Or go out and start your own organization that can lobby Washington, provide membership help, administer contests and operating awards, create a web presence and PR assistance to promote the hobby, represent amateur radio at international spectrum conferences, archive most of a century’s worth of technical and operating articles, and so very much more.

    Anybody game?

    Don N4KC
    http://www.n4kc.com
    http://www.donkeith.com
    (Author of the new book RIDING THE SHORTWAVES:
    EXPLORING THE MAGIC OF AMATEUR RADIO)

  • Rob W8MRL:

    Well said Don.

    Those that only think ARRL is a magazine publisher is ignorant to the services performed by the ARRL. Please look into what the ARRL is all about.

    Also, the link in the intial post points to the wsprnet.net site and not the GQRP site.

    Rob, W8MRL

  • Peter kg5wy:

    Speaking of being shortsightedness…….
    (Not even knowing what problems I’ve had with the league)
    Freedom of speech sometimes brings out ones true appearance.

  • Kyle N4NSS:

    The League is the ONLY organization that makes the tough effort of preserving our frequencies and hobby. What do you do to promote the avocation? And just because you may not be around in a few years doesn’t mean you can’t in some way support the effort.

  • Peter kg5wy:

    Confirmed.

  • Don N4KC:

    Peter, I don’t know what you mean by “being shortsightedness” but you made some very serious accusations about the ARRL in your post and, as you expected, I responded. No, I don’t know what problems you have had, nor do they matter when you go on to say “it’s all about their income and vanity.” “All” is an absolute. Whether the League is concerned about their income and vanity or not, they certainly do a ton more for the future of our hobby.

    Freedom of speech assures you have the right to say what you want so long as it is not slanderous, libelous, or seditious. It also assures that I can offer a response if I believe what you say is incorrect.

    Incidentally, my “true appearance” does not require “bringing out.” You can see it on my QRZ.com page or either of my web sites. It ain’t pretty but it is “true.”

    73,

    Don N4KC
    http://www.n4kc.com
    http://www.donkeith.com

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