From the ARRL... Saying that it was ''setting aside any previous relevant decisions,'' the International Amateur Radio Union Administrative Council this week resolved that IARU policy supports ''the removal of Morse code testing as an ITU requirement for an amateur license to operate on frequencies below 30 MHz.'' The Council further resolved to urge member societies--as an interim measure--to seek Morse code testing speeds ''not exceeding five words per minute.'' The resolution was adopted during the IARU Administrative Council meeting October 6-8 in Guatemala City, Guatemala, which followed the 14th General Assembly of IARU Region 2. The Council's Morse resolution took into consideration the approval--without opposition--of ITU-R Recommendation M.1544. That document sets out the minimum qualifications of radio amateurs. The Council also said it recognizes that Morse code ''continues to be an effective and efficient mode of communication used by many thousands of radio amateurs'' but that Morse code proficiency as requirement for an HF amateur license ''is no longer relevant to the healthy future of Amateur Radio.'' The principal business at the Administrative Council session was to review the status of IARU preparations for WRC-2003. Agenda items of concern to amateurs include, among others, the harmonization of amateur and broadcasting allocations near 7 MHz, the adequacy of HF broadcasting allocations below 10 MHz, and possible revisions to Article S25 of the international Radio Regulations. Among other things, Article S25 spells out Amateur Radio operator qualifications. It now provides that Amateur Radio license applicants demonstrate the ability ''to send correctly by hand and to receive correctly by ear, texts in Morse code signals'' for operation below 30 MHz. The IARU Administrative Council supports the revision of Article S25 and the incorporation by reference of Recommendation M.1544. The IARU Council selected the theme of the next World Amateur Radio Day, April 18, 2002, as ''Amateur Radio: Continuing Innovation in Communication Technology.''