Vision for the ARRL
Lloyd feels strongly that Ham Radio and
specifically, the ARRL® are living on past accomplishments. The Internet
revolution and the rise of cyberspace has drawn away thousands and thousands
of potential hams to the "magic" of computers.
The recent ARRL® supported "Dumbing
Down" of the FCC exams does not solve our problem. While supporting an
entry level is to be encouraged, striving for excellence should remain our
goal. There is no valid reason amateur radio operators should not be at the
forefront of experimentation with new technologies as we were in the past.
He feels that the ARRL® is in a seminal
position to reverse this course and make Amateur Radio a "lead dog"
in technology once again. To do so, standards must be enhanced and pride of
"The ARRL® must reinvigorate its long
standing policy of quality, not quantity. We should be attracting the
best and brightest in technical development.
We need to encourage a new and younger membership base who will add energy and fresh ideas that will enable this venerable organization to thrive for the next 100 years.
Today’s younger generation is
more interested in software than hardware. A modernized ARRL could reach out
to these potential hams with better messaging promoting the convergence of
these two technologies and exploit the natural idealism of youth by
stressing public service."
Over the years, the ARRL has served the ham radio community well. Unfortunately, it has become a large bureaucracy, often more interested in its own perpetuity than the members’ needs.
Lloyd wants to be part of the member driven change that is coming.
You have a choice to make this election. We need to bring back
a pride of accomplishment and restore the sense of purpose to amateur radio by establishing a much better relationship with local emergency management and the Department of Homeland Security. (DHS) Ham operators are a national asset and should be better organized when deployed as disaster strikes.
Your vote today is critical. It can mean the difference between an ARRL operating in a static state, with little or no concern about its members or a new and reinvigorated ARRL.
If elected, Lloyd will work assiduously to
achieve these goals.