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  1. vk4kss

    vk4kss Ham Member QRZ Page

    Media Release No. 51 - 17 November 2003

    ACA to end Morse code proficiency requirement for amateur radio operators

    Australia’s amateur radio operators will no longer have to be skilled in Morse code from next year.

    The Australian Communications Authority (ACA) announced today that it would discontinue the requirement for amateur radio operators to be proficient in Morse code from 1 January 2004.

    The decision follows an extensive review of the amateur radio service which the ACA launched in August with the release of a discussion paper A Review of Amateur Service Regulation. The paper outlined current regulatory arrangements for the service, as well as proposing options for the future.

    ACA Acting Chairman Dr Bob Horton said the ACA had received more than 1400 written submissions commenting on the issues set out in the paper and from public meetings arranged for amateur operators throughout Australia.

    He said the decision to remove the Morse code proficiency requirement was made after considering public comments at the meetings and analysis of submissions.

    “This extensive public consultation proved invaluable with more than 700 of Australia’s 14,000 licensed amateur operators attending to discuss the options in the discussion paper and to seek clarification on particular issues,” Dr Horton said.

    “There was widespread support for the removal of the Morse code proficiency requirement at the meetings and throughout the submissions.

    “The ACA has therefore decided to make interim changes to legislative instruments which, from the date of effect, will immediately allow access to privileges previously available only to those who satisfied Morse code proficiency requirements.

    “Those changes will take effect on 1 January next year.”

    Dr Horton said the ACA would amend the amateur radio licence conditions specified in the Radiocommunications Licence Conditions (Amateur Licence) Determination No. 1 of 1997 to reflect this decision. The amendments will give:

    holders of Intermediate and Limited Amateur licences access to the same frequency bands as Unrestricted Amateur licensees; and
    holders of the Novice Limited Amateur licence access to the same frequency bands as Novice licensees.

    The ACA also recognised that there was considerable concern in the amateur community about the ‘no interference’ proposal in the discussion paper.

    “The ACA will carefully consider the views of the amateur community as it examines regulatory arrangements in this area. We remain committed to balancing the needs of the amateur community with those of the wider community,” he said.

    “The ACA expects to announce more decisions about new regulatory arrangements for the amateur service before the end of the year. The amateur community will continue to be kept fully informed about the progress of the review and the implementation of new arrangements.”

    Information about the review of amateur service regulation is available.

    The Australian Communications Authority is a government regulator of telecommunications and radiocommunications

    For more information contact:

    Source - Australian Communications Agency - http://www.aca.gov.au/aca_hom....-51.htm


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    Paul Slocum
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    Manager Communications

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  2. KD4AMG

    KD4AMG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Based on how fast the FCC is working to catch violaters on 10 meters, and other AMATEUR bands, it may be quite a while before the MORSE CODE requirement is eliminated in the U.S.A.....so all you folks who want the requirement eliminated, please hold your breath. Thank you for your cooperation.!! ~~~ kd4amg
     
  3. KQ6XA

    KQ6XA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Congratulations to all the hams in Australia for saving the future of amateur radio on HF there.

    Bonnie KQ6XA
     
  4. K8YS

    K8YS Banned QRZ Page

    The list is growing!

    To all those that do not like the FCC requirements, you now have a place you can MOVE TO.
     
  5. K1LWI

    K1LWI Ham Member QRZ Page

    its just mater of time untill the usa will do away with code no more cw bands open up for fone  how about doing away with testing qa just will be a fone  bands ham radio going to the dog  bye bye to ham radio [​IMG]
     
  6. N9ZXK

    N9ZXK Ham Member QRZ Page

    This makes you wonder if the fcc will soon make up their minds. Are we going to be the only one that makes people do the code. I hope not. I know alot of the old times dont want it to go, but sooner or later its going.

    I have said before, its a mode just like ssb, fm and so on. Let me ask this. How many new hams that learned it at 5 wpm learned it just to pass the test. I know of a few right here where i live.

    Im not tring to start something. Just look all around us. Seems everyone is doing it.

    Bonnie your right. this is going to save ham radio. Some say make the test harder. Why? Isnt it all about whats best for the art of radio. Maybe someone who didnt want to be a ham because of the code will someday learn and do the code......
     
  7. WU5E

    WU5E Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    </span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (k1lwi @ Nov. 17 2003,18:51)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">its just mater of time untill the usa will do away with code no more cw bands open up for fone  how about doing away with testing qa just will be a fone  bands ham radio going to the dog  bye bye to ham radio [​IMG][/QUOTE]<span id='postcolor'>
    Get a grip, the world is not coming to a end. I'm getting tried of all the cry baby's.

    You sound like a Democrate



    Jim
    W5SSG
     
  8. K4SZW

    K4SZW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Those repwubiclans can't spell good... [​IMG]
     
  9. N3JBH

    N3JBH Ham Member QRZ Page

    [​IMG] ok i dont spell very well either. but thats not reason for this post. i simply wonder are we really advancing the art by snending code or shall i say morse code? i dont have problem with the guy,s that love code god bless them some my best ham freins dont even own a mic. but then i simply wonder if we are really being fair to the rest of the hobby by screening on code and no the science of radio it self?

    lets come up with a plan that improves the art not the crying ok thank you/n3jbh [​IMG]
     
  10. N3JBH

    N3JBH Ham Member QRZ Page

    wow talk about my spelling no more them 807,s tonight sorry folk,s [​IMG]
     
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