ARRL Proposal to Give Technicians More Operating Privileges

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by NW7US, Apr 10, 2019.

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  1. K6DS

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    Why not have the Extra class license only and eliminate all other license classes. Then when you pass the 35 question test that was called the Tech test, it will now be the Extra test. Then when pass, you will have FULL privilege on ALL the bands. After all, that is the way we are headed in the name of money and radio sales. Remember no matter how many thousands send negative comments, it will mean nothing and you cannot stop this move since corporate greed rules all and runs all!
    N3MLB, WD4DXQ, WY7BWR and 3 others like this.
  2. WN1MB

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    Like "a legend in his own mind"?
    W3MMR, K8XG, NA1S and 4 others like this.
  3. NU4R

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    Last week, I found my>>>ORIGINAL<<< CB license issued by the FCC in 1975. (KBCG 4455)

    Care to guess exactly where I'm going with this boys & girls?

    It took ZERO EFFORT to obtain one of these and all "the privileges within" as it does todays "participation award/license" for anyone who wants to be an amateur radio operator. To that end, the nonexistent disciplines of the HF bands is reflective of THE EASE to obtain a participation award/ license!

    And AGAIN, the ARRL, wants to give the undisciplined, void of knowledge... MORE?

    Thanks N7AOK. Used your "participation" analogy which also SPOT ON! Nowadays, there's no reward for victory because there IS NO VICTORY void of hard work and discipline. EVERYBODY is ENTITLED to win!

    Carry on America!
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  4. K9TRD

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    My first post to this forum.....I have been licensed for about 4 years now, started as a tech, got the HF bug and got my General. I do enjoy listening to the older guys on Sunday mornings on 40 and 80.
    That being said, some of the conversations are all F bombs and pure out and out racism. These are your Extra class operators!
    My point? Why not open up a small portion of HF that has decent traffic to expose a new user to HF. I was lucky enough to make several contacts on 10m as a Tech and it lit the fire.
    I also believe the portion of the band allowed for "Advanced" users should be open to General operators, since this portion is no longer attainable unless you are an Extra.
    Remember, A lot of the crap on the radio is being propagated by the so called " Professional Extra Class " license holders, who should be setting the example, but are usually the rudest folks out there.
    KJ5GUY, KJ4HRM, K9KXW and 2 others like this.
  5. WL7COL

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    With due respect (earnestly!) -- there is so little difference between the Tech and General exams, that I'm not even sure why we have a Tech license, anymore. Expanding the current Tech privileges lessens the motivation to upgrade, rather than increases it, imvho, only because there is so little differentiation between the skillsets, as it is now. I'd rather see the 'influencers' and other 'leaders' in our community work towards solving larger, more difficult problems than whether a given class of licensee should be granted another piece of the spectrum. 73
  6. WG7X

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    There’s always that ten percent that don’t get the word...

    As far as the OP goes: TL:dr
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  7. KG5YEJ

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    I have never posted on a forum and probably never will again ... I have seen several comments on here that know "techs" as being "undisciplined, void of knowledge" This is one of the things that is a rude statement, why should anyone want to be a HAM or advance if the tech is treated as a non superior class! Why would we want to become members of clubs and what not if we are treated as stupid or uneducated. I have been studying for my general but do to heath and mental issues it is making it very hard to retrain information. Trust me when I tell you that I have been studying the hell out it. I am for the expansion of the band to the Tech class ... but only a small portion of it ... Just a taste ... I am tired of being stuck on 10m because I am having problems with the test and remembering the information. What would be so bad about a tech being able to use digital modes of 20m ... I have heard some xtras out there that are undisciplined, void of knowledge and very very rude (foul language and down talking to the lower class (general and tech). The techs are not bad apples ... I am very professional and polite on the radio .. That is the way that I have been taught to be. If you get a bad apple out there ... Report him ... Just like I would report tech, general or xtra that is being a complete jerk off and not really following a code of conduct.

    That is my 2 cents
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  8. WG7X

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    @K9TRD: Your post was full of generalities regarding Extra class operators. Can you back up your claims?

    Now granted, the top end of forty and especially eighty meters can be full of poor operators. That much I have to admit, however you are painting with a very broad brush aren’t you?

    Obviously as an Extra, I take that post a bit personally but not that personally, after all this is “da Zed” a place where hyperbole is a way of life!
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  9. WG7X

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    My, my... This thread is on the highway to to,the bit bucket!
  10. KG5YEJ

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    Yes I can back up the claims and it is not only xtra or generals ... There is always a bad apple in everything .. Not to be taken personally as I didnt point a finger .. I was just making a comment on how the Tech class is talked down as uneducated. And yep ... this is QRZ everyone has a opinion ... I would just love to have a small portion of 20m for digital or voice ... 10m sucks ... LOL

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