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GIVE ME A BREAK! - The new National WIA DISASTER, or is it?.
Have we gone from a catastrophe to Armageddon for AR? In the 13 August Edition of the WIA National News, the WIA National President asked .... "What do you want us to do". If they don't know by now, where in real trouble. After all, they now get all the money from sub's.
I wait patiently each week to hear the WIA National News .... LITERALLY... and where lucky to get any. Not - what are the responsibilities of the new WIA, what they intend to do, just NOTHING. They put across an attitude that now their is a National body every Amateur is going to run and be a member. Well I have NEWS for them .... until the WIA actually does some work and truly represents the important interest's of Amateurs they will only head for dooms day ... and unfortunately, that's exactly where I think the WIA is heading, FAST.
Further, it seems as they think all they have to do is balance the cheque book as they often refer to the clubs being vitally important. In other words they want the clubs to do all the work. As an example, they MUST support the many, esp. country repeaters that don't have the members to keep them going financially or they will disappear along with the country AR activity. The Clubs just cant do all the work. IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN ... Clubs and Individuals are doing more than their fair share now. I ask you ... what does the WIA do???? ... well, they seem to be representing us to the ACA, but that's about all. Have they ever saved a chunk of Spectrum from going missing??
Now that they have rushed in to this National WIA with different deals with different States, many Amateurs now have to pay sub's to their State Branch and the Federal WIA ... that's a move forward isn't it!!! How are they going to coordinate anything Nation Wide with this situation???
Look around, 95% of anything important that is being done for AR is done by individuals or groups and clubs .... WHY ... because the WIA wouldn't or couldn't do it! Wherever these people come from and wherever their ideologies come from, they have to realise that they need to start using a Private Enterprise Ideology to get this hobby organised, respected and utilised to A LEVEL IT DESERVES for the benefit of Amateurs and Society generally.
Here are just a few things they MUST DO for the survival of our great hobby.
I could write 10 pages of what the WIA needs to do, couldn't you??? yet they NEVER seem to have any idea and spend all their time in secret meetings. It looks BAD, I'm giving them another month and if any group comes along that sounds remotely like they know how to represent AR and are willing to work for this amazing hobby to a level it deserves, well IM WITH THEM!
SUBMITTED BY ... Rob ... VK5MM a long time ago!
In Reply to Post of 12\8\2004
I admire the work you do to promote amateur radio. However, I regret that you found it necessary to publicise the letter by 'anonamouse', or should I say 'mouse like squeaks'! It is so easy to criticise. It is much harder to get in and do some work. The WIA is a society of volunteers who carve out of their leisure, family and work responsibilties time to put something back into the hobby. As a member (since 1974) and supporter of the WIA and, someone who appreciates the work done on our behalf by the directors (all volunteers) and the officers (all volunteers, with the exception of the office staff member), I regret the uninformed rubbish proffered by 'anonamouse'. Perhaps she/he is simply only stirring which might explain the lack of courage in appending a name.
I am happy for you to publish my comments with my name.
Keep up the good work. Best wishes and 73
John Dawes VK5BJE
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