In a notice of Purported Rule Making, it was today announced that ... "We are acceding to requests of numbers of Amateur Radio Operators in creating a new license class with a difficult code test and privileges to match. "
To be known as the XXtra Class License, the new class will allow up to 10,000 watts average output power on all bands except 60 meters, as well as allowing operation on the third ten KHz of every MHz not already used for broadcasting -- at 112.7 watts EIRP.
In determining the code test requirements it was noted that "modern technology having succeeded to the place of International Morse Code on the air" and that therefore the new test would require error free reception, without mechanical or electronic aids, of one minute of five character random mixed groups sent using 5 level Baudot at 45 baud. The sending test is waived on presentation of a doctor's certificate attesting to inability to yodel with 850 Hz shift.
Because of past problems with volunteer examinations, tests will be given only by staff at local monitoring stations.
XXtra Class stations are permitted to contact ONLY other XXtra Class stations.