The current technician pool expires July 1. Does anyone else find this petition's timing curious ? I have read the entire new pool and had some access during it's creation but no input. I believe there are a total of six questions having anything to do with HF and those are related to 10m operation at best and incidental at worst. If the intent is to query the examinees concerning HF phone operations via the current question pool or the new pool this not only fails miserably but completely fails to address HF phone operations on other than 10m. Only three questions address HF frequency privileges for CW or RTTY for the technician license. The questions that might insure even some HF phone competence are not only inadequate but missing completely. The exam questions having to do with HF Phone operations are contained in element three, the general class license exam. Any change in technician privileges would have to coincide with a change in the question pool... I'm something of an on the air hypocrite. I teach, I test , I mentor as able. However I spend little time in the general or technician portion of any band save for 10m and the local repeaters . Any technician or general needing or wanting help would have to find me here (or "there") , has my call on their '605 , or had been previously introduced some other way. It isn't that I won't answer to the best of my ability , I'm just not there. I find little conversation of interest in the general portion of HF , less in the advanced portion , and virtually none on 10m SSB . So I spend my time in the bottom of 80m and 40m . From conversations with other extra class licensees I find I'm not alone. So where and when can a technician be exposed to accepted HF operation? I suppose SWL is an option but it precludes interaction and requires patience from a generation noticeably lacking in both. I pointed the finger at myself first and foremost before stating this ... We as existing advanced, general and extra licensees are failing to support the service . If repeater operation isn't boring or contentious I have to deal with ~ https://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/vizwarz-or-only-your-barista-knows-for-sure.594793/ Enough said about that mess. The 10m contingent here now legally use their modified amateur equipment on 10m as well as 11m with predictable emissions . It's a fair mix of 11m modified HF transceivers and 10 meter modified 11m transceivers . The modified HF transceivers are used for both 10 and 11m and usually over modulated hack jobs. The modified 11m transceivers with their now legal (non) linear amplifiers also go back and forth between 11 and 10m. Fortunately current propagation does not encourage regular use of the relatively small slice of SSB Phone alloted to technicians. Either of these two groups can not be shook from their belief that what they are now doing is licensed and legal. Questions are few and egos prevail. Answers range from archaic alchemy to myths perpetuated by "Secret CB" , "The Screwdriver's Guide" , and what "My uncle's brother's cousin said... " With all that said we have a few that not only play by the rules but are outstanding operators and a welcome addition to the service. These operators unfortunately serve to highlight the gross deficiencies of not only the above descriptions but the inadequacy of the technician exam as it applies to amateur radio in general and HF operation specifically. Just , NO. Not without a comprehensive rewrite of the element two technician pool . Not any time soon. Once again... $15 , take a seat, #2 pencil provided, calculator optional, 35 questions, 75% or better is a pass.