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2E0CPX
Tue 15th Mar 2011, 12:37
How many licensed operators are members of their respective amateur radio bodies?

G6NHU
Tue 15th Mar 2011, 17:40
I'm a member of the RSGB. For me, RadCom and the QSL bureau by themselves are good enough reason.

M0TZO
Tue 15th Mar 2011, 21:12
M6SOE, I am afraid you poll is flawed.

I am a member of both.

For now voted for RSGB, but I am ARRL member as well, although not my own national society.

KJ4FEL
Tue 15th Mar 2011, 21:16
I am a member of ARRL.

2e0sql
Tue 15th Mar 2011, 22:13
I'm a member of the RSGB. For me, RadCom and the QSL bureau by themselves are good enough reason.

same reason I'm a member plus some of the contests.

2E0FVL
Wed 16th Mar 2011, 12:18
Maybe I'm not serous enough but I can't justify 50 per year for a magazine with content that I feel at my age I don't need/can't be bothered with and a bureau I wouldn't use.
Was a member of RSGB back in the 80's when I had more money and as a SWL ear wigging for hours on end and the brain cell wasn't so overloaded!!
Not knocking them just feel I don't need them.

2E0CPX
Wed 16th Mar 2011, 13:43
M6SOE, I am afraid you poll is flawed.

I am a member of both.

For now voted for RSGB, but I am ARRL member as well, although not my own national society.

Well I did put "national" apart from entering contests are there any real benefits to being a member of the the ARRL if you don't live in the states?

M0TZO
Wed 16th Mar 2011, 14:47
Yes, I get the CD version of their magazines once a year. Just got the 2010 few weeks ago. Should keep me busy for a while.

Also I hold a US license, so nice to keep up to date on US issued on the ARRL site/email newsletters.

I usually renew in Friedrichshafen, Germany and there's normally some free gift or incentive too for renewing.

_2E0OZI
Sun 20th Mar 2011, 07:06
Yes I'm a member but then it cost me 16 this year! 50 is steep. There are many other things I am a member of, Guzzi Club UK, LBPS, CIEH, RAC so it all adds up.

I quite like the magazine.

G6NHU
Sun 20th Mar 2011, 11:07
Yes I'm a member but then it cost me 16 this year! 50 is steep. There are many other things I am a member of, Guzzi Club UK, LBPS, CIEH, RAC so it all adds up.

I quite like the magazine.

50 is a lot of money but I pay by monthly direct debit so I don't even notice it going out and I figure that at a fiver for the magazine is worth it. Especially as I just discovered that entire issues are now finally available for members to download from the RSGB site. They used to have individual articles but not the entire magazines and that's changed recently. They only go back as far as Jan 2010 but at least they're doing it now.

I wish PW would do the same. I'd subscribe tomorrow.

AE6ZW
Sun 1st May 2011, 23:39
I am ARRL member in US, only because of QST magazine, it has some nice radio and technical articles. also subscribe to QEX. if I can get QST and QEX at discounted price without ARRL membership, I will rather pay lower price without membership.

_2E0OZI
Mon 2nd May 2011, 19:33
Direct debit? Well I may be able to handle that....

John_D
Wed 1st Jun 2011, 13:26
I used to be a member of RSGB, but have just resigned in protest. However I remain with the ARRL, as I find the QST mag. is well worth the cost of membership. When you look at the cost of ordinary mags in the UK (e.g. most monthly PC mags are in the region of 5, $7) QST is a bargain.
I don't do QSL cards apart from Royal Signals so no need for any other bureau.

techiesteve
Wed 1st Jun 2011, 19:36
I'm a member of the RSGB, recently renewing my membership. Although not happy with some decisions taken within the RSGB, one being not applying for planning permission before buying the Luso tower, they are the only body representing radio amateurs within the uk, and lack of support and funding will eventually weaken their effectiveness. I also look forward to my monthly Radcom. Some critics can never be satisfied, but hopefully the RSGB will respond to recent criticism and behave more financially responsible.

kd0bik
Mon 10th Oct 2011, 20:16
Like Paul, I'm a member of both the ARRL (Life Member) and RSGB. So since I live in the US I voted ARRL, but I've been a member of the RSGB since 2009. In my opinion, these organizations are much, much more than the magazines they publish. I enjoy reading Radcom just to learn of some of the differences in the hobby.

Jerry

M6FAX
Tue 8th Nov 2011, 15:34
Yep same as I too am a member of the RSGB..the Radcom mag is a good mag and in my eyes is better than PW Practical Wireless..to me that is 3 and a half quids worth of "Not a Lot"

mu0chn
Tue 8th Nov 2011, 17:39
I am a member of both. Only just joined the ARRL, thought I would give it a try

techiesteve
Tue 8th Nov 2011, 20:45
Further to my earlier post, whichever way the RSGB EGM vote goes, I'll rejoin for another year then reconsider wether to remain a member. In the meantime I'll be taking out ARRL membership along side the RSGB's as I enjoy reading QST whenever I see one lying around.

G6NHU
Tue 8th Nov 2011, 21:32
I joined the ARRL at the RSGB Convention. If I were ten years younger I'd probably pay for life membership, same for the RSGB if that were an option.

G4LNA
Wed 9th Nov 2011, 18:38
I voted RSGB, been a member since about 1978, that was about eight years after I got my first call.

Eamonn
Mon 16th Jun 2014, 18:20
I recently joined ARRL, and find it a QST a very good read, if a little laden with adverts.
I am also a member of RSGB, mainly because of living in UK. I look forward to receiving RadCom every month.
For me, personally, the ARRL website is much better designed and laid out than the RSGB one.

N4AAB
Mon 16th Jun 2014, 19:39
I'm a member of ARRL. Store people there are very good. Haven't had as much help otherwise.

KC3AUV
Tue 17th Jun 2014, 01:23
I belong to ARRL. I like that they represent us ham operators before the Feds

M0TTB
Tue 17th Jun 2014, 09:14
Sporadically RSGB, but regularly a member of ARRL....mainly for LoTW/DXCC award application member discounts.

K7KBN
Tue 17th Jun 2014, 14:01
Member of ARRL for last 52+ years.

M0MFF
Tue 17th Jun 2014, 19:24
RSGB, didn't realise I could join ARRL though.

WA9WVX
Wed 18th Jun 2014, 02:14
I am a member of the ARRL, Inc for 45+ years, my wife has been a member for 38 years and we have the family membership. They are our voice in the U.S. Federal Government / Federal Communications Commission issues

Martyn-MM0XXW
Wed 25th Jun 2014, 12:47
I'm a member of the RSGB. For me, RadCom and the QSL bureau by themselves are good enough reason.

Same for me despite Radcom being somewhat top-heavy with adverts!

pmh
Fri 25th Jul 2014, 11:17
I'm a member of the RSGB as I think it is important to support any organisation that has a voice and influence in keeping a hobby alive and free from unnecessary restrictions/regulations.

Kind regards,



Phil