Morse Code Eliminated by FCC

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by AA7BQ, Dec 16, 2006.

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  1. KF4NNI

    KF4NNI Ham Member QRZ Page

    I Just worked my @#$ off for the last 2 months to get my 5wpm and my general today and they go off and do this not to sound ungratfull Im glad I got it but it could have saves me alot of grief on this thing if i knew this was going to happen this quick [​IMG]
  2. KC0KBC

    KC0KBC Ham Member QRZ Page

    KF4NNI, I envy you - I'd give anything to have passed the test today! Your effort was well worth it!

    Mike, KC0KBC
  3. KI6ADA

    KI6ADA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Well first of all am I excited?? YYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Check all my earlier posts and I predicated Santa would bring me a present.

    I will gladly stand in line at the next VEC session with my $14 Bucks.

    Merry Christmas to those of us who practiced lots of patience!

    73, KI6ADA or Kilo India Six Alpha Delta Alpha!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  4. KC8VWM

    KC8VWM Ham Member QRZ Page


    "Prior to today’s action, the FCC, in accordance with international radio regulations, required applicants for General Class and Amateur Extra Class operator licenses to pass a five words-per-minute Morse code examination.  Today’s Order eliminates that requirement for General and Amateur Extra licensees."

    "Today’s Order eliminates that requirement (CW) for General and Amateur Extra licensees. "

    "The FCC, in today’s action, afforded Technician and Technician Plus licensees identical operating privileges."  

    "Today’s Order resolved a petition filed by the ARRL for partial reconsideration of an FCC Order released on October 10, 2006 (FCC 06-149). "

    Seems they got quite a bit done.

    Where in the FCC order released today does it say anything about it not taking effect for 30 days as one post suggested?

    This is going to have to be the very first thing that's clarified otherwise this recent R&O release will surely create additional confusion.

    The ARRL or other newswothy entity (FRED are you reading this?) needs to clarify the "When and Where" details very clearly in a news release as soon as possible before chaos surrounding this fact occurs.

    Of course, there will be many questions such as if you have a general written does that now make you a general if the code test no longer exists? .... Or then again does it still exist? What if I went to a VE tommorow to do a CW test, is it still a requirement?

    According to this R&O the answer seems to be "NO"

    Let me Quote:

    "Today’s Order eliminates that requirement (CW) for General and Amateur Extra licensees. "

    So.... does this quote mean today or at a later time ??

    73 Charles - KC8VWM
  5. N5DUX

    N5DUX Ham Member QRZ Page

    I guess all the NCT "hold-outs" can stop holding their breath finally.

    (Just wanting to get in on this otherwise "historic" thread. It's bound to be one of the longest.)

    As a new VE, I too would like some clarification. Tomorrow we have our 2nd testing session in our area. I'm sure January's testing session will be full of upgrades.
  6. N7ZSD

    N7ZSD Ham Member QRZ Page

    To all those who think this is the end of Amateur Radio as we know it:

    I passed the 5wpm requirement because it was needed to get me on HF.  No big deal.  But I hardly ever use CW.  Don't get me wrong, CW is a cool mode, it's just not my thing.  Those who enjoy CW will continue to use CW, and I respect them for their skill and dedication.  If and when a NCT wants to join in a CW QSO, he will have to learn CW to do so.  Dropping the code requirement is NOT going to destroy ham radio.  In fact, I feel we can use some new blood.  In case some people haven't noticed, the younger generation of hams are some sharp guys and gals.  I think they will have alot to offer to the hobby.  Some of the worst behavior I have ever heard on the radio was on 75 two Extra Class ticket holders no less.  So don't sit there and tell me that NCT's are going to ruin the hobby...that is a load of crap and we all know it!  As a good friend of mine said.."Perhaps instead of 5 wpm morse code, we should test on proficiency with digital modes, but that would be forcing one aspect of Amateur Radio down everybody's throat.  Hmmm..." [​IMG]
  7. N7YA

    N7YA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Whoa! he looks pregnant...
  8. KC8VWM

    KC8VWM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am going to miss all the Code / No Code debates we used to have...
    What are we going to argue about? (Shrug) ..That's all I know.
  9. WU5E

    WU5E Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    WELL WELL, The day has arrived, now stop whining! pick up the mike or the key and have fun and don't worry about it. Oh if you have the old rigs, you might want to shine them up be cause there are many many techs now that will wanting to buy a radios. OH what if the YL got you a HT for Christmas! You going to take it back? hehehehe.


  10. K7JEM

    K7JEM Ham Member QRZ Page

    All rule changes are done by R&O (unless emergency). The R&O has to be published in the federal register. That is the official publication of the new rules. Right now, it's just unofficial, but real.

    The rule becomes law 30 days AFTER the publication date. Since it may take 3 to 5 weeks to get it published, this is likely to be about 50-70 days from now.

    No-one become a new license class until they have done the paperwork for an upgrade. The fact that you have passed the general written doesn't make you a general. Currently, the code is still required. After the R&O becomes law, then you can take that CSCE to a VE, do the paperwork for general, and become one officially.

    Techs will automatically get tech+ privs on the day this becomes law, no upgrade necessary. Everyone else will have to take the test, and/or file the paperwork. The code test will still be the law until then.

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