By this what I mean is. . . . . I am just re_entering the ham radio hobby after being away from it for some 22 + yrs, but I must have unintentionally posted in the wrong area? Since I haven't gotten a reply, for what I thought was a simple question?. . . . . So I can't help but wonder??? Have things in the ARRL still the same I.E obviously very tight connections (viciously political & in control of everything, by a small tyrannical group of old FARTS & they were at the very least "Control Freaks" that almost destroyed the hobby at that time. I remember the unbelievable fights at the ARRL meetings. Now I remember how we lost the 220 band to the company "UNITED PARCEL SERVICE" As per the FCC: "THE HAM RADIO HOBBY HAS NO NEED FOR THE 220 BANDWIDTH" the ARRL has informed THE FCC operations division which of course these issues were pointed directly at the head of ARRL. The old farts! That used to stick out their chests and were chronically heard to say "IF I HAD TO TAKE AND PASS MORSE CODE WHY SHOULD THEY BE GIVEN A PASS, referring to hundreds of thousands of people that were waiting for this change, with every intention of becoming "A HAM RADIO TECHNICIAN" This was exactly my reason for leaving the hobby & was directly due to the in control of the hobby (which is why I left the hobby) At that time I was in my early 20's and I was passionately overwhelmed with Ham Radio!. . . . . . . I MUST APOLOGIZE AS MY WIFE OVERHEARD ME USING DEROGATORY REMARKS ABOUT MOST OF THESE MEN WHO ARE LIKELY CROSSED OVER BY NOW, I AM A VERY RELIGIOUS PERSON, AND I FEEL IT WAS UNJUSTIFIED FOR ME TO USE SUCH LANGUAGE AND I FIND IT MOST REGRETTABLE. PERHAPS I AM TOO OLD TO TRY TO RETURN TO THE HOBBY AT MY AGE, THANK YOU FOR PUTTING UP WITH THE RAMBLINGS OF AN OLD MAN With warmest regards, Dr. Thomas Contartesi F.A.C.C. P.S. I say this to all: please don't tell me that I shouldn't use caps, because it's the same as screaming!! I vehemently dislike political correctness, which includes a written text, God Bless.