Welcome to the forum ! Enjoy !! Please read the following info.. It is worth the effort About three years ago our then server host ( who let us use their server for free ) screwed things up so badly BIRD was down for 5 months ! On top of that their admin kept messing with our forum and generally poking their nose in. I contacted what members I could and between us ( them ! LOL ! ) it was decided a new independent server and forum software was needed. I bit the bullet , paid for a server and software licence. At the time I was still working, but when I retired a load of the members said it was unfair I should cough the lot every year and it was suggested we use a ‘sponsor’ system. I worked out if we got enough members £5.50 a year should cover the cost.. It hasn’t quite as yet but we are close.. A lot of history really, but it is why only some sections of BIRD are open to all, and you have to become a full member to get the lot. As someone said, at £5.50 a year it is about the price of a couple of coffees and it is pretty clear no one is gonna make any dosh out of it all As said, some sections ( inc the tech section) is only available to sponsors I do hope you understand, and hope you sign up to the bloody lunacy that is BIRD and help keep the lights on !