ARRL Proposal to Give Technicians More Operating Privileges

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

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  1. NW7US

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    1. A few decades ago, I had to pass the elements (Morse code element and written element) required to get a NOVICE ticket. Then, before I was able to get the Technician, I had to be a "coded" Technician and pass the elements needed to have HF privileges assigned to Tech Plus license holders. In each of those cases, the written test elements were shared publicly, just as they are now. Someone could memorize them. That fact has not changed throughout the years since I had to know Morse code in order to have HF privileges. It was just as easy then, as it is now, to memorize the answers. Some people do choose to understand the theory behind the questions and answers. The only difference, in all reality, is that back then, the Morse code element was required. If anything, that weeded out those who did not have enough interest to push though the difficulty of learning Morse code. There were even waivers for those who had a medical reason for not being able to pass the Morse code element(s).

    2. Saying that it should be more difficult to pass the elements required for a license class, now, is like me saying that it should be more difficult for QRZ forum participants, before they may post new message and reply to forum threads in these forums. I could say that there should be a demonstration of one's ability to form proper grammatical structures, like a basic sentence, complete with correct punctuation. Of course, that's ridiculous. If such a requirement were put into place, here in these forums, you would not yet be able to write a response. Is that a reasonable expectation, a reasonable standard?

    3. A "real ham" by legal definition is someone who has been authorized by the governmental agency to which such licensing authority resides, such as the FCC, in the United States of America. I know, you meant, "a ham of higher standards" rather than "a ham that exists in reality." So, in your estimation, what are the minimum requirements that should be held by a prospective ham radio operator? And, how would you test for that?

    Should prospective hams also be tested on their ability to select proper ham equipment? For instance, should the prospective ham prove that they know about spectrum purity and what is a transmission spur?

    Should prospective hams demonstrated that they can ascertain what kind of equipment on the current market violates FCC rules, or barely reaches that technical purity (think: Baofeng)?

    Should all prospective ham radio operators be forced to build their first ham equipment, to test that they know how?
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2021
  2. NW7US

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    Which hams are labeled? By whom are those labeled hams, labeled? Would there be allowances for a ham that has been licensed for fifty years be given an opportunity to go over material that is newer than what was available fifty years ago? How about allowances for regulatory changes between what was regulation fifty years ago, and what is current (such as exposure regulations)?
  3. NW7US

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    Hear, hear!

    By the way, it would be discriminatory to require an elite ham to actually know about discriminators.
  4. NW7US

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    Yeah, but we both know that you are a real real ham. Just, because. :) (I'm smiling as I write this; I concur with you.)
  5. W0IJJ

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    no i totally agree, W0IW has been a ham since 83 and he has told me how hard it as for him to get his license nowadays you can just memorize questions and walk out with a license, that is in my opinion idiotic if they call themselves true hams because they can be "hams" but in this instance becoming a "true ham" takes a lot of work. Baofeng radios are not illegal to use if they are operated with a licensed amateur on amateur-only frequencies .
  6. W0IJJ

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    I call people "real hams" based on they actually know what there doing, I'm not telling you or NW7US are not real hams and Im not trying to discriminate but people in my are are passing the test based off of memorizing answers for the test instead of actually knowing how to operate
  7. K7JEM

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    W0IW is pulling your leg about how hard it was.
  8. W0IJJ

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    ok so apparrently im an idiotic autistic 12 year old im moving on
  9. G8FXC

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    Works for me - but you have to recognise that the implication of that is that the FCC could decide that the exam for the highest class of licence consisted of one question - "Do you understand radio technology? Answer yes or no." and everyone that answers "yes" instantly becomes a "real ham".

    Martin (G8FXC)
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