I cannot believe how much acrimony this non-issue has created.
The ARRL puts the results on the members-only web page before the QST issue is
published as a benefit of membership.
What's the big deal?
They post it for all, including non-members, to see when the magazine is
released a few weeks later.
Don't other national organizations provide benefits exclusively to their
members? If they didn't, why would anyone pay membership fees?
> From: Sylvan Katz <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: Art Popoff <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org,
> Subject: [CQ-Contest] ARRL Discrimination - was "2002 ARRL DX Phone Results
> > If the contest is international the resalts should be available to all
> participants without any discrimination on MEMBERSHIP basis.
> > It really discourages international participants.
> The point about international discrimination was explicitly made to the ARRL
> Board of Directors by the QST Contest working group in their report (see
> "Thinking Globally" in
> Essentially the current ARRL policy says "come and play in my contests
> because our members need the points your contacts bring them but they will
> not let you see your results until long after their members have unless you
> pay us money to join their club".
> With this policy the focus is money! It is not community! This policy does
> little to encourage international participation. In fact, if the issue is
> not addressed it could discourage international participation .... something
> the contest community cannot afford.
> The more voices that are heard from the international contest community
> about this discriminating ARRL policy the greater the likelihood it will be
> .. sylvan
> Sylvan Katz, VE5ZX
> Saskatoon, SK
> "A Novel Perspective of Amateur Radio Contesting" at
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