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[hfsig] Morse in Canada

Barry Bogart barry_bogart at yahoo.com
Tue Aug 2 05:27:54 UTC 2005


Why does anyone think that forcing amateurs to learn
enough Morse to pass a 5wpm exam, will make them WANT
to use it? It is completely irrelevant to the USE of
Morse on the bands. If you want to use it, you always
can. NOT forcing others to learn it is not a threat to
anyone. 

BTW the Basic exam in Canada covers everything
required to operate on all bands. The Advanced is
entirely on electronics and is more difficult than the
Extra. Now you can get HF privileges by demonstrating
more knowledge of electronics, OR knowldege of Morse,
OR geting 80+ on the Basic exam which I would say is
equivalent to the General. Seems entirely reasonable
to me. And hopefully more Canadians will get licensed,
although most will not use HF... or Morse. 

73, Barry
VE7VIE/KD7IGX ex WV2ECZ



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>    1. The final nail in the coffin of Morse? In
> Canada, yes. (W6AFK)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2005 22:24:47 -0700
> From: W6AFK <w6afk at amsat.org>
> Subject: [hfsig] The final nail in the coffin of
> Morse? In Canada,
> 	yes.
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> Well, they have done it up in Canada...
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> - - - extract - - -
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> Industry Canada Introduces Alternatives to Morse
> Requirement for HF
> Per Canada Gazette notice DGRB-003-05 
> 
> 22 July 2005, 
> Industry Canada has adopted elements of the RAC
> (Radio Amateurs of Canada, 
> the ARRL equivalent) "Proposal on Morse Code and
> Related Matters" and has 
> removed the mandatory requirement for the Morse
> Qualification for access to 
> the HF bands below 30 MHz.
> 
> Effective immediately, amateurs certified with BASIC
> Qualification prior to 
> 2 April 2002, and amateurs certified with both BASIC
> and ADVANCED 
> Qualifications, may operate on HF. 
> 
> Amateurs with BASIC only Qualification certified
> after 1 April 2002, and 
> who achieved a pass mark of 80% or greater, will
> also be allowed to operate 
> on HF. 
> 
> Amateurs certified BASIC only Qualification after 1
> April 2002 having 
> achieved less than 80% pass mark, will either have
> to qualify in Morse, 
> write the Advanced or re-write the Basic examination
> to obtain HF 
> privileges. 
> 
> This latter requirement is related to a decision to
> increase the BASIC 
> examination pass mark to ensure that candidates have
> been tested in all 
> areas of the syllabus.
> 
> - - - end of extract - - -
> 
> The last paragraph is interesting ;-)  It's only a
> matter of time before 
> similar action is taken down here.
> 
> Bruno, W6AFK/VE2EQ
> Oceanside California
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