Let's take another look at that ARRL poll... What is your present license class? Novice........21...0.3% Technician...815..10.3 General.....1777..22.5 Advanced.....383...4.9 Extra.......4848..61.4 blank.........37...0.5 So out of the whole group of respondents (we'll call these "the people who care about the ARRL proposal enough to respond to the poll"), fully 88.8% of them held a General or higher class of license. More than half (61.4%) of the respondents are Extra class. They have full privileges everywhere. Think about that -- of the people who care, the vast majority of them already have the privileges that the ARRL proposal seeks to add to Technician licensees. From ARRL's own "data," there is no way that anyone can argue that there is a barrier to HF privileges for anybody who wants them. In fact, among the people who answered the League's call for information and comments, most of them, by a huge margin, have no need for the goods ARRL is trying to peddle. I don't know who this proposal is intended to help, but it isn't the people the proposal claims. The number of Technician licensees active enough to answer the League's poll is statistically tiny -- just a few percentage points above the noise floor, in fact.