I've been following this thread waiting for they flames to begin. They haven't, and I applaud you all for that. There have been a few negatively commenting about our licensing system. They seem spot-on to me. Unfortunately, even club sponsored licensing classes are focussing on 'picking the right answer,' rather than actually understanding the underlying material. It's time for local clubs to get back to the basics and do some real teaching. Ours offers monthly mini-seminar/workshops done separately from the regular business meetings. Each runs 2 to 3 hours. Attendance has been excellent, demonstrating a desire to learn. While I, too, encourage reading the Handbook and Antenna book, we must realize that a lot of it is tough going for those with absolutely Ø background. Classes help overcome that deficit.