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Question For The Old Hams

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KF4SCI, Mar 15, 2017.

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  1. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Now what about the Technician Class licenses? In 1951 VHF communication was seen as a very exotic practice. The ARRL handbooks before that time showed only crude modulated oscillator designs for 2 -Meters. It was hoped that opening up VHF to ham radio would enable technically minded hams to experiment with VHF and above and to at least modify SCR-522 surplus gear, develop multi element antennas etc. That is not what eventually happened. Heathkit made lunchboxes and Gonset made goony boxes and the hams who used them were mostly mobile kerchunkers not really techies.

    The Tech license was originally envisioned to be an experimenter's field. It allowed full privileges above 50 MHz. So lots of operators got on the air even before the Heath "lunchbox" or Gonset "Gooney boxes" were available. It's STILL an experimenter's paradise; there are plenty of VHF, UHF, SHF and beyond for their use. (And in the "early daze," there were no repeaters to "kerchunk", whether operating mobile or in a fixed location.)
  2. NL7IB

    NL7IB Ham Member QRZ Page

    To say nothing if it was fact or myth back in the sixties. fifteen pages, you axed for it.
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2017
  3. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes. it was in late 1966 or perhaps 1967, that the Novice was extended from one to two years, bur was still non-renewable.
  4. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    And your point?
  5. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

  6. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    What could be there be a penalty, except in YOUR mind? (Fifteen pages not withstanding???) (Me thinks you have not been paying attention to the past pages.)

    At least in "ye olde daze," you could just go to a Tech license, (and a General) the only differentiation was the 5 WPM vs. the 13 WPM. code requirement . NO previous "Novice" license was ever required . What galaxy were you from?
  7. K2DFC

    K2DFC Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Why the big debate over what happened 50 years ago? Those of us who were there at the time already answered the question asked.
  8. N2EY

    N2EY Ham Member QRZ Page

    The Novice license term went from 1 to 2 years in 1967.
  9. KK4ZYM

    KK4ZYM Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Boredom? As with most conversations about the days of yore, recollections tend to vary.
  10. N2EY

    N2EY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Sometimes those recollections are accurate, sometimes they're not. Some people check the records, some do not.

    Point is, there is a real, provable, objective history - and it's worth the time and effort to get it right, rather thatn spreading myths and mistakes, let alone flat-out lies.

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