Regarding HF phone privileges, Novices and Techs only have 'phone on 10 meters and only SSB. The SSB-only clause was promoted by ARRL when they first submitted the Novice Enhancement petition to the FCC, allegedly out of concern that hordes of CBers would take out a Novice ticket and convert their AM-only CB radios to 10m, and turn the new Novice phone sub-band into an extension of 11m where they could legally run 200 watts. That was a bogus concern from the outset, since if anything, converting a CB rig to 10m would be a cheap and easy way for a beginner to get a phone rig on the air and maybe learn something in the process, as would building a simple 10m homebrew low-power AM transmitter. This is the same mentality that has resulted in the Canadian/UK/Australian "Foundation" licence restricting operation to the use of commercially-manufactured transmitters, thus prohibiting to newcomers the privilege of homebrew construction and thus mandatory orientation in the direction of appliance operation from the outset. In any case, the 10m SSB-only restriction in the U.S. is outdated, if it ever had any validity at all. The CB boom is long over; the band is like a ghost town to-day and interest in 11m is minuscule compared to what it was in 1987, so this would no longer be the threat that was perceived when Novice Enhancement was first proposed. If this Petition ever reaches the RM-number or Notice of Proposed Rulemaking stage, this would be a good opportunity to include comments to the FCC requesting that they repeal the SSB-only restriction in the 10m Novice/Technician segment. Allowing newcomers the opportunity to convert an old AM CB transmitter, or homebrew a simple 10m AM transmitter to get on the air, would be in the original spirit of what amateur radio is supposed to be all about.