The wait for a Tech license is unnecessary

Discussion in 'Becoming an Amateur Radio Operator/Upgrading Privi' started by WRKS480, Feb 19, 2021.

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  1. WRKS480

    WRKS480 QRZ Member

    A Tech who passes General can transmit with General privileges on the spot, so why does a new Tech have to be at the mercy of the system? If the CSCE were serialized, or if VEs were authorized to issue temporary call signs, a new Tech could get on the air right away. This would be good for the community, so why isn't it addressed?
     
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  2. WRKS480

    WRKS480 QRZ Member

    A Tech who passes General can transmit with General privileges on the spot, so why does a new Tech have to be at the mercy of the system? If the CSCE were serialized, or if VEs were authorized to issue temporary call signs, a new Tech could get on the air right away. This would clearly be good for the community, so why isn't it addressed?
     
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  3. AJ4GQ

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    Not sure how this might be good for the community. Please do file a petition with the FCC if you believe that such a procedure is beneficial.
     
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  4. KE8QEP

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    For one they would not have a call sign (or have a publicly available record).
     
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  5. AJ4GQ

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    Forgot to ask - how is this good for the community?
     
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  6. K1VSK

    K1VSK Ham Member QRZ Page

    And what is "the mercy of the system" imply when there is no benefit to instant gratification?


    NO VE or VEC can determine the next available call sign nationwide. No system exists nor could one be implemented as a matter of practicality. Consequently, the suggestion is impracticable and subjectively unnecessary. There is no value-added speeding up a process simply to issue a hobby license which takes a day or two at most.
     
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  7. KS2G

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    Because VE's/VEC's are not empowered to issue licenses.
    That authority belongs to the FCC.
    Recipients of CSCE's already have a license.
    The CSCE just documents that they've met the requirements for an upgrade.

    And before more Olde Timers like me chime in ... be happy with the current system.
    Back-in-the-day a new licensee had to wait until s/he received a paper document in the mail -- usually several weeks after passing a test in person at an FCC Field Office or --in the case of a Novice-- in-person with a volunteer examiner.
    ;)
     
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  8. W7UUU

    W7UUU Principal Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Just a factual data point: I passed my Novice (Morse & written) in early December 1974 and received my call sign and license in early March 1975. That was more than three months waiting time!!

    The system as it exists today is VASTLY more efficient than it was at one time.

    I used my 3 months waiting time to build my first radio, a Heathkit HW-7 CW-only HF rig with 1.5 watts output, and to get my 40m dipole in the air.


    Maybe use your week or so of "down time" to get your antenna in the air and ready to test once your ticket arrives via email

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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  9. AB2YC

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    It also used to be that you had to wait for your next level license
    to be in hand before you could operate with your new privilege's.

    The system today is indeed far more efficient than it used to be.
     
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  10. W4IOA

    W4IOA Ham Member QRZ Page

    But I want it NOW!

    Concerning the OP-
    If you're thinking of emergency, you don't need to have a license to transmit. But it better be a valid emergency.
     
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