FCC Noncommital on Code Changes

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by AA7BQ, Feb 18, 2006.

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  1. N2MMM

    N2MMM Ham Member QRZ Page

    My background is that I am a radio HOBBYIST of close to 15 years of experience who has studied the code and only have to take the test to get my General Class license. I have another hobby where knowledge is well respected by prominent participants in that hobby. (I AM NOT AN IDIOT) Amateur Radio is about to be totally changed in terms of how the hobby is practiced. All of the wishful thinking of those who are scared witless of these changes will not stop them. The "Big 3" don't care, they will sell radios to whoever takes our spectrum, in fact if there is a massive refarming of spectrum, us hams will have to junk our radios and the new services which take our spectrum will have to buy all new radios. This will be good news for the "Big 3" as well as outfits like Motorola who HATE OUR GUTS. The only way to save ham radio is to UNITE the hams. Pass a WRITTEN TEST on SAFETY, OPERATING PROTOCOLS, and REGULATIONS and EARN THE PRIVILEGES. DO THE SAME ON A HIGHER LEVEL TO ADVANCE. Let the ARRL or FISTS administer a REAL code testing program with speeds up to say, 60 wpm for a Master Telegrapher and use the test results for reciprocal licensing with countries who still require a code test but NOT as a requirement for ANY class of US ham license.
  2. N2MMM

    N2MMM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Frankly, NL7W and the rest are like a bunch of little kids who don't want to share the sand box. They already know it all and think that their numbers will allow ham radio to survive. HA HA, too bad the ARRL knows BETTER and if they don't want the sand box to disappear FOREVER they better learn to play NICE. If someone can operate their radio safely and follow the rules and procedures, let them use the spectrum. Use it of LOSE IT. Then NL7W can show his abilities in a positive way by teaching us his technology and being a master telegrapher. Us ordinary hams will read his articles in QST and QEX and become better hams. Listening to his fast even fist on the air will encourage slower CW operators to bone up their fists and be better telegraphers. Keeping QUALIFIED folks out will just get you a refarming.
  3. KY5U

    KY5U Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    You can try to use your creative logic all you want, but a person who requires a test to be reduced or removed for him to "qualify" is not qualified.
  4. NL7W

    NL7W Ham Member QRZ Page


    All I can say is, "Study hard and reap the benefits." If you want something, you'll work for it. I have and continually do, its life in the USA.

    For example, I am working an interim job along the trans-Alaska pipeline, maintaining the fiber optic telecommunications and the critical pipeline control circuits carried on this network. All the while, I am getting my public safety and telecommunications consulting business off the ground. This only comes from long hours and long days.

    On the same note, it took me three full years of studying and on-the-air operation to become good enough to go from Novice to the Extra-Class license as a teen in the Eighties. Similar efforts should be required of those wanting Extra Class privileges today. The testing process should remain a challenge for those wanting to tackle and overcome such challenges.

    There should be no easy way out...

    Show some gumption -- do it and win.

  5. NL7W

    NL7W Ham Member QRZ Page


    You think I have time for mentoring others? I have three kids ranging from 8 months to 15 years of age, as well as a full-time telecommunications job within the oil industry and a part-time consulting biz in public safety comms and commercial telecom. The League will be glad to help you...

    I studied and got on-the-air on my own as a teen, going from Novice, to General, Advanced, and Extra in just over three years. Back then, the licenses were challenges -- I wish them to remain so. I remember sitting down in front of the FCC at their field office in Chicago; I remember the 20 wpm Morse test -- one of the hardest things I've ever done -- successfully.

    Believe it or not, there are still some teens across the country who are tackling what's left of the licensure system... and winning.

    Why don't you join them instead of whining?

  6. N2MMM

    N2MMM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am learning. However attitudes like yours are making me doubt that ham radio has enough of a future to make it worth my time. Do me a favor, Don't take up rail museum volunteering We don't want jerks like you ANYWHERE AROUND. You FISTS folks will END ham radio. When thay do refarm, I'll buy a GMRS license and some MURS HTs and laugh at you morons.
  7. NL7W

    NL7W Ham Member QRZ Page


    Jerk and moron, eh? That's sad... Did I strike a nerve? You've really made me go, "mmm..."

    Call me opinionated if you want, for I will not change my mind regarding licensure standards. Apparently, a very large portion of hams won't either... could that be the reason the FCC's indecision?

    Please go to GMRS and MURS, they could use your talents.

    In the meantime, keep praying and waiting...
  8. N2MMM

    N2MMM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm just waiting for the next hamfest so I can take the test. "til then, ..._._
  9. KY5U

    KY5U Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    MMM was talking to me, and I was not offended by what he said. He was making a point, and although I might not agree, the way he did it was Ok with me. BTW, The N2MMM call sounds really cool in CW....
  10. NL7W

    NL7W Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi Charlie,

    N2MMM's call is a bit long, though but distinctive on CW. It should do just fine... guess I like it on code.

    I can't hardly wait for the new cycle to begin; I've picked up like-new FT101ZD Mk III that I'd like to put on CW soon. I just need to order an International Radio 500 Hz filter, and it'll be loads of fun.

    CU on the air?

    Steve, NL7W
    Not in, but around Palmer, Alaska.
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