I belong to several small ham radio organizations. I call them “Internet” clubs since they are little more than a Web site and because I have no better way of describing them. These are activity groups who sponsor all manner of on-air snipe hunts that many of us find enjoyable.
Most of these clubs have no dues but it’s obvious that they incur some miscellaneous expenses that must be borne by someone — even if it’s only domain registration and Web hosting.
Most accept donations and since I don’t like the notion of playing all the club games while letting someone else pay for it, once a year I kick-in from twenty to fifty bucks and sleep well at night.
I’ve done that four times this year alone, if you count one donation to a fellow who runs a Web site that manages spots making it wonderfully useful for certain on-air activities.
And all four have something in common — not one of them acknowledged my contribution. No auto-generated email, no personal thank you note, not even a ‘kiss my ass’ like I got from the folks who publish SPRAT when I renewed that subscription “wrong” a few years ago.
Nothing. Pure silence. Crickets. I did receive payment receipts from PayPal so I know my contributions were received. I guess saying “thank you” to people who hand you money is a lot of trouble and I get that these are just volunteers and no one has any spare time these days, I really do get that.
And that’s okay, because from now on my money will remain in my pocket.