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Progressive Changes at the ARRL

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  1. N7KO

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    Did you not get the memo? we are to do away with common since. Think Progressive, think like you have no brain.
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  2. N8ZI

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    All the movies about Zombie Apocalypse creatures eating everyone and destroying the world really means the results of a Progressive Apocalypse.
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  3. N4QX

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    “I’ll take anybody’s money if they’re giving it away.” – Namond Brice, The Wire S4E02 (repeated more memorably and crudely by Sen. Clay Davis later in the episode).
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  4. K1LKP

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  5. W9BRD

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    Incentive licensing as you're thinking of it was an FCC initiative.
  6. N1FM

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    See Post #14, page 2. Good stock market year. Less spent on travel. Significantly lower expenses. Lots of cash on hand. Per BoD meeting, January 2021: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes.pdf

    12. CFO Report – Ms. Middleton
    Ms. Middleton presented the report of the Chief Financial Officer. She reported that despite the challenges of 2020 the League generated a small gain from operations and continues to maintain a strong balance sheet along with healthy cash balances. She also reported that ARRL experienced significantly lower spending in 2020 due to travel restrictions and the temporary postponement of filling some vacant positions. She then entertained questions. Responding to a question regarding the Paycheck Protection Program, Ms. Middleton noted that it is expected that the loan will be fully forgiven under the program and ARRL does not qualify for a second loan under the program.
  7. N1FM

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    “Incentive Licensing” takes effect, returning the Advanced class license and taking privileges away from Generals, effectively stopping growth of Amateur Radio and causing a lot of bad feelings among the amateur community for the ARRL who originally proposed the program.

    In the February 1963 issue of "QST," an editorial appeared in which the ARRL expressed regret over the abandonment of the incentive license structure, called the 1952 decision a step backward, and proposed a new incentive licensing system be implemented.

    On May 3, 1963, the ARRL Board of Directors adopted their official position on incentive licensing.

    Their proposal would completely take away all General and Conditional class phone privileges on 75, 40, 20, and 15 meters in a two-year phase-in period. In other words, the ARRL's incentive licensing would only allow HF phone operation for Generals and Conditionals on 10 meters and on the small sliver of 160 meters that was available in the days of LORAN Radionavigation.

    The ARRL also suggested reopening the Advanced class license again to those who held a General or Conditional license for one year. Strangely, the ARRL did not suggest that Extras be given exclusive frequencies, nor did they propose exclusive CW frequencies. Rather, they just wanted exclusive access to the 75 through 15-meter phone segments for the Advanced and Extra class licenses.
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  8. W9BRD

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    That test from EMass didn't come from staff despite the domain that hosts it, and is as simplistic as written-only-on-the-basis-of-magazine-articles ham history tends to be. FCC initiated the idea that became known as Incentive Licensing, partially as a result of the Sputnik scare; US radio amateurs were not "keeping up" with technology. ARRL worked to make the fait accompli less onerous. IL was going to happen whether ARRL went along with it or not. Unfortunately League Officialdom's approach to highlighting the League's counterproposals through QST, when read on their face without an understanding of the background, make the program look like it originated with the League. It did not.

    Yes, many hams voted with their feet, as taking privileges away from existing licensees could have been anticipated would happen. But incentive licensing was essentially pretty rapidly abandoned -- first when the planned-for-1969 second wave of changes (one of which was to make the 25 kHz subbands at the bottom of most HF bands 50 kHz), and later with the phone band expansion of 1972, as a related result of which rulemaking Novices also got VFO frequency control -- in no small part due to the street's reaction. (Which reaction I happen to think was appropriate, considering that to the street, ham radio is a hobby.)

    On the other hand, as a result of the general IL-driven quantum foam, George Grammer wrote Understanding Amateur Radio, "the Handbook for the rest of us."

    Funny, it seems to me to be that generally the same class of folks who complain about incentive licensing also nowadays complain that ham radio has gotten too stupid. As originally pushed by FCC, IL intended to make as many hams Extra as possible or bust -- the "bust" being licensees' figurative gonads. I'd've thought that such a hardcore "smarten up or leave" program would appeal to such minds. But if one's hobby has pretty much devolved to hating whatever officialdom does, any hook will do.

    I've had my Extra since 1978, and took and passed a more modern version of the test -- in fact, that test and all examination elements that are prerequisites to it -- in 2007. (I would've been happy to come away with the Tech, as my only interest was 80- and 40-m CW, but they kept handing me tests, so hey.) I'm also a League Life Member. So personally, as R. B. Bourne put it long ago in one of my fave QST essays ( ), I can't be bothered.
  9. N1FM

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    Remember: they were FOR incentive licensing before they were AGAINST it.

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  10. W1YW

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    Just to set it straight--

    The original IL plan from the FCC was to ADD spectrum for the higher class licensees, especially expanding the phone spectrum. Instead the first execution took AWAY phone privileges for everyone except extras.
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