[hfsig] Re: [Flexradio] The final nail in the coffin of Morse ?

Trevor AKA m5aka at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Jul 21 15:03:21 CDT 2005

The ARRL have been pushing for a new Entry Level licence, with 100 watts
output, for a year or more.

ARRL want the FCC to automatically upgrade Technician licensees to General and
Advanced licensees to Amateur Extra. That action combined with the introduction
of an Entry level licence would then have created a 3-tier system like that in
the UK.

However, the FCC has said it does not believe a new entry-level license class
warranted because current Novice and Tech Plus licensees will easily be able
upgrade to General once the code requirement goes away.

I read that as implying the FCC wants to eliminate Tech leaving General and
Extra ?

73 Trevor M5AKA

--- DuBose Walt Civ AETC CONS/LGCA <Walt.DuBose at RANDOLPH.AF.MIL> wrote:

> I believe from my reading there will be three classes of
> licenses...Technician, General and Extra.
> Three test elements (2, 3 and 4).  One element for each class license.  An
> extra would have to take elements 2, 3, and 4.  A General elements 3 and 4
> and a Technician only element 2.
> Walt/K5YFW
> -----Original Message-----
> From: hfsig-bounces at lists.tapr.org
> [mailto:hfsig-bounces at lists.tapr.org]On Behalf Of Trevor AKA
> Sent: Thursday, July 21, 2005 11:53 AM
> To: TAPR HF Modes SIG Mailing List
> Subject: Re: [hfsig] Re: [Flexradio] The final nail in the coffin of
> Morse?
> --- Anthony.N.Martin at seleniacomms.com wrote:
> > Note that the CEPT are planning a new intermediate class of
> > amateur licence for international recognition & roaming.
> > It would be nice for the US to have forethought and look
> > to align it's licence structure at this juncture with the
> > CEPT.
> I presume it will mean that the Techician Class will all become General
> Class.
> There's already some similarity between USA and UK licence structures. 
> - US Advanced/Extra exam technically equates to UK Advanced(Full)
> - US General/Technician exam equates to UK Intermediate
>   (Except US General/Tech's get to run 1.5 Kilowatts instead of the 50 watts
>    Intermediates have in the UK!) 
> The US currently has no equivalent to UK Foundation. Their equivalent used
> to
> be called the US Novice (it was so easy even 5 year olds managed to pass it)
> The US Novice was scrapped by the FCC several years ago. It's users were
> permitted to run 200 watts on segments of the HF and VHF bands.
> Regarding the CEPT "Novice Class" currently being introduced. The steps to
> do
> this were put in train many years ago before Foundation existed. Several
> administrations now wish to instroduce a 3rd licence class into CEPT which
> would equate to UK Foundation.
> 73 Trevor M5AKA
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