I have a question for those who've been around amateur radio for a lot longer than me (which is probably most of you that are reading this). I have read most of 47 C.F.R. Part 97 and am wondering how you longtimers interpret this section, 97.1 (b), part of the purpose of the amateur radio service: "(b) Continuation and extension of the amateur's proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art." Now, the way I interpret this is to mean that, upon entry into the amateur radio service, an amateur must have a proven ability to contribute more than just asking questions of people who know more than they do, yet I certainly didn't feel fit to do much of anything but that when I was first licensed. Perhaps this is the section of the "amateur radio section" of 47 C.F.R. that causes the angst we are presently seeing amongst those who do not agree with past (and proposed) changes with regard who is to obtain an amateur radio license? I know many parts of codes, statutes and regulations can be interpreted differently by different people. However, this one little subsection continues to vex me as to its applied meaning today. I do not know what the original authors of this part of the C.F.R. meant when they wrote "radio art". Seems to me that radio is more science than art, but I probably construe that word differently than someone else might.