TRF was running for years with minimal (rocketry-related) ads and, so far as I’m aware, not a word about any danger of having to close it down due to lack of funds.
Along comes the new [non rocketeer, for profit] owner and, golly, the gazillion toilet paper and testosterone supplement ads they introduced aren’t enough, they need monetary contributions from the members as well if they’re to avoid financial disaster! And what happens? The members cheerfully fork over.
It always amazes me when people shove their way into line to get taken to the cleaners.