Call Us: 833-I-AM-ARRL

W6OAT Letter December 30 2017

From: Charles K. Epps [] Sent: Saturday, December 30, 2017 8:51 PM
To: Bob Vallio <>
Cc:; N3JT <>; N6AA Richard J. Norton <>
Subject: Requests of Pacific Division Director

To: Bob Vallio W6RGG, Pacific Division Director

From: Rusty Epps, W6OAT

Date: December 30, 2017

Hi Bob,

You and I have spoken a few times over the past couple of months about what presently is going on back at ARRL HQ. Mostly, I have been trying to gather factual information from you and others so I could make an informed decision as to how I personally feel about the events which already have occurred, and which appear about to occur at the upcoming January Board meeting.

I am sure that by now you have seen the NCCC’s letter to the ARRL BOD, and the letter to the BOD from Jim Talens, N3JT, which was posted to the NCCC Reflector earlier today. Those documents accurately reflect my own personal feelings and prompt me to now write this note to you.

As an ARRL Life Member, I respectfully request that you, as the Pacific Division Director, do the following:

1. Exercise your best effort to get the censure of Director Norton rescinded.

2. Exercise your best effort to get the present “Code of Conduct” amended to be more appropriate for our membership-type organization, especially those provisions which limit the free exchange of information between our elected representatives and League members.

3. Request a roll-call vote on EVERYTHING voted upon at the January Board meeting. I, and many other ARRL members throughout the country, will be following this particular Board meeting with great interest. We want to know how each Director voted on each matter acted upon in that meeting.

4. Vote against the proposal to give non-membership-elected individuals any voting rights on the Board.

5. Vote against any proposal to permit the Board to revoke an individual’s membership in the League without a full and public disclosure of the reasons for that revocation, and without first giving that individual a right to a full and fair hearing prior to the revocation vote.

Bob, you already know the reasons underlying my requests. Those reasons have been all over the internet so I don’t feel I need to restate them here. However, if you do want to talk about this, please let me know. I will be delighted to go into detail about any of these matters.

Jim Talens said in a closing paragraph in his letter “… Absent withdrawal of the proposed Bylaw amendments at the January meeting, and reversal of questionable actions against certain Directors and Vice-Directors, I intend to remove ARRL from my will. I know there are others similarly inclined.” I am one of those similarly inclined. My estate plan presently includes a specific gift to the League. Should my spouse pre-decease me, then the League is in line to receive also the vast majority of my entire estate which is worth substantially more than the specific gift.

Please feel free to share this letter with anyone to whom you think it might be useful.

Thanks for all you do for us as our Pacific Division Director.


Rusty Epps, W6OAT