When Dave Sumner, K1ZZ, speaks even I listen. I’ve met Dave down in Dayton and read his editorials in QST every month. Dave is the ARRL’s Chief Executive Officer and he sent me the following email and has given me permission to reprint them here:
Peter, someone called my attention to your RAC blog post today in response to Keith Baker. While I don’t want to inject myself into your domestic debate I must comment on your statement, “IMHO and in the opinion of some U.S. hams in high places in the ARRL, they don’t want us.”
Perhaps you just offered the comment to be provocative, but I haven’t heard that opinion expressed in the entire time since the Canadian Radio Relay League became a separate national organization, on January 1, 1988, after 67 years as a division of the ARRL. Then, as now, it wasn’t a matter of the ARRL not wanting Canada. It was a matter of how the interests of amateur radio could be best represented in Canada. That was and is a responsibility best shouldered by Canadians.
And just to set the record straight, Keith’s conjecture about ARRL membership in Canada is incorrect. We are pleased that many Canadian amateurs choose to be ARRL members, but the number is well below RAC’s membership – as it should be. There’s no substitute for supporting one’s own national organization.
Dave Sumner, K1ZZ