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HamRadioNow: That ARRL Entry Level License Survey

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KN4AQ, Mar 2, 2017.

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  1. N1FM

    N1FM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Okay. If we agree there is no concrete, objective evidence that ham radio's dying; that we need an easier license class, or; that we need to expand privileges; maybe we should discard the notion that any of those things are needed or necessary, and in a new thread:

    1. Discuss whether a redesign of question pools is needed to make them relevant to current technology and operating practices.

    2. Discuss how to teach new hams how to participate in the hobby.

    3. Other discussion of how to create a more attractive, vibrant, useful, current hobby, if needed.
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  2. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    There is nothing wrong with the question pool. There' s just too much of it.

    4. Take a subset of the question pool that concentrates on UHF and higher, and digital modes, and make a new entry exam. No HF or 2M privileges..
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  3. N1FM

    N1FM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Okay, what would you cut and why?
    What would you insert for relevance and why?
  4. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page


    I just answered that question. Read my response again please.

    Chip W1YW
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2017
  5. WF9Q

    WF9Q Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yep, nothing new, I do believe it is not nearly as bad now as it was 25 years ago. I have a feeling modern DF technology is rooting them out.
  6. N1FM

    N1FM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Specifically: which questions would you cut, and/or what would you insert to make the test more relevant?

    T1B11? T3C04? T7A06?

    Which questions ought to be eliminated to reduce bloat?

    It's not a trick question.

    Are you suggesting a new entry exam with no HF or 2 meter privileges? If so, why, and what would that accomplish? How do you know it would accomplish anything at all? Without data accompanied by a reasoned, well argued rationale, why would the FCC consider your proposal? What would a new UHF and higher, digital mode exam, give to the ARS that we don't have right now with the existing multiple guess, published question pool, that practically any child can pass?

    It's not like the ARRL has never said... 'Gee, maybe we should try to kids in ham radio!'
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2017
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  7. N5IPA

    N5IPA Ham Member QRZ Page

    You sure look for the brighter side of things.
  8. WF9Q

    WF9Q Ham Member QRZ Page

    That is an awful assessment of current culture, unfortunately its reality.
  9. N5IPA

    N5IPA Ham Member QRZ Page

    One of many, many realities available today.
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  10. N1FM

    N1FM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Or we could invest in an alternate reality... and change the rules based on unsupported and nonsensical ideas, like, we need more kids, or ham radio's dying, or, gee-whiz, if we just make the test easier, kids will drop their smart phones and run headlong into the warm embrace of that great technological engine of popularity and invention...


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