From http://www.kb6nu.com blog:
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the fiasco that was the ARRL Board’s decision to publicly censure Dick Norton, N6AA for allegedly speaking out against the draconian ARRL Policy on Board Governance and Conduct of Members of the Board of Directors and Vice Directors (more commonly known as the Code of Conduct). Since then, this issue has gotten a lot of publicity. There’s been a lot of chatter on various amateur radio mailing lists. Ham Radio Now produced an episode that discussed this decision, CQ has published a white paper titled “What is the ARRL So Afraid Of?”
The latter discusses some other questionable board actions, including:
- Instructing local ARRL Public Information Officers to not talk to the media about ham radio activities but rather to direct all media inquiries to ARRL Headquarters, even though they had not yet hired a communications manager after the departure of Sean Kutzko, KX9X.
- Shutting down the PR mailing list, which many PIOs used to compare notes and discuss how to do their jobs better.
They also write:
Interestingly, it has been pointed out to us that a majority of the current League board members have not actually been elected, but rather have been either appointed to fill a vacancy or put into/kept in office by virtue of potential opponents being disqualified from running, sometimes on very questionable grounds and, again, shrouded in secrecy.