What? ARRL Petitions FCC to Expand the Shortwave Privileges of Technician-Class Hams

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  1. W5PN

    W5PN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I totally agree with you. Some of the language I hear on 40 in 80 is unbelievable! I totally believe and sorry to say but things are not changing for the better but getting worse on the amateur bands.
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  2. W5PN

    W5PN Ham Member QRZ Page

    It just keeps getting easer and easer to get a ticket. Hell just print one out!! Some of the 40 meter QSO's already sounds like 11 meters. Makes me so sad and disappointed.
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  3. WU8Y

    WU8Y Ham Member QRZ Page

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    WU8Y Ham Member QRZ Page

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  5. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Go easy on that stuff... you're already posting double... ;)
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  6. K4AGO

    K4AGO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just because you heard some outlaw radio operators on 10 meters is no reason to just give all to the Technician class hams. Just because criminals rob banks is no reason to just open the vault doors to anyone and everyone. Ham radio has always been based on one principal; if you want the privileges
    What you are saying is nothing short of insane. You want to encourage those "freebanders" by talking to them. What you are exhibiting is the CB mentality that is prevalent with new hams in today's culture. It's the "they are breaking the law so lets ALL break the law" attitude. People like you are the very reason why Technicians should NOT be given HF privileges. Once you get HF privileges, You will be breaking the law on HF too. Did you even bother to learn about Part 97 when you "studied" for your Technician ticket? What would REALLY be beneficial is for people of your mentality to take up skate boarding and leave ham radio to those with some maturity and respect for the law. What you did, FreeBanding, was a felony. You, were comitting felonious acts. Now you are advocate hams aiding and abeting felons in the act of comitting a felony by talking to and encouraging "freebanding." Do us all a favor. GET OUT OF HAM RADIO.
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  7. KB0OXD

    KB0OXD Ham Member QRZ Page

    While I too am in favor of the ARRL petition,the COLD HARD FACTS are that it's WAY TOO LITTLE WAY TOO LATE as most tech savvy Technicians have invested in VoIP setups (EchoLink, IRLP, etc), Digital modes like DMR, D-STAR, C4FM, P25 & data modes like APRS & regular AX.25 Packet Radio on 2M

    So, this petition is ONLY about TEN YEARS late (But BETTER THAN NEVER arriving AT ALL !!)

  8. N2RDQ

    N2RDQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    The bottom line is, the proposal will help bring in the next generation into the hobby without negative impacts ..... so, after consideration, I am all for it.
    this is a change of heart from my initial reaction .. .. hear me out on this...

    I've been a no-code tech since no-code became a thing. and been into electronics since the 70's I have never gotten my ham ticket if it was not for no-code tech. i think that was a positive move for changing times and frankly, many ended up learning code anyway if they found CW of interest and it brought another generation into ham radio.

    I recently did upgrade to General after ~30 years ... as HF interests me more now. The test wasn't difficult for me and frankly could have passed it just about anytime as i didn't even study for it, so the test was no barrier to getting a general ticket and getting HF privileges. For the test, I think that the questions in the general exam pretty much make sure you know what you're doing enough not to cause problems on HF at legal limit power levels.

    being a huge techie, the draw for me for HF was the low power digital modes, plus i've also always had a bit of a desire to get on AM phone (don't flame me over it lol ), so the digital part was enough to push me to sit for the exam.

    I thought I was against the proposal until I read the proposal.
    there would be a limit still of 200W for tech.
    it allows a tech to operate on digital modes on HF which is a huge draw for the STEM / hacker / maker/ techie types - yes the very same people who have been interested in ham radio for generations in the past.

    I think it is a great way to get the next generation interested in the hobby. like the no-code tech, its changing with the times.
    and once there in the hobby .. well ...we all know what happens once you are hooked :)

    I'm trying to come up with legitimate reasons not to do this other then "I passed my test to get here, they should too" :)
    basically, that's the same argument they had for no-code tech, it just doesn't hold up. it's not like the tech test doesn't cover the ground necessary to properly operate on hf. id think id be saying something different if we were letting someone with a tech license operate full legal limit.
  9. N2RDQ

    N2RDQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    my only thought on that is that a tech savvy tech who could operate in those modes could easily pass the general exam if they wanted to. I think its more about bringing in the next generation of tech-savvy people to the hobby.

    I agree.
  10. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Is this idea from the same crowd that wants to give trophies to all the kids in the game including the losers ?

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