[AMRadio] W7RT

W5OMR/Geoff w5omr at satx.rr.com
Thu Jan 12 04:58:16 EST 2006

If anyone needed to know anymore about W7RT, this should sum it up...


    Candidate Statement of Richard (Rick) L. Tannehill - W7RT

I was first licensed in 1961 (KN7PSU) as a teenage Novice. I upgraded 
later to Conditional, and the next year to General. I became an Extra in 
1966. Ham radio launched me on a technical electronics career as it did 
many others of that era. I obtained  an engineering degree, and spent 
four years designing airborne  radar. Since 1973, I have worked as a 
public safety communications engineer, engineering manager, and 
consulting engineer. Much of this work parallels my amateur radio hobby. 
As  a result of this work, I have made many acquaintances in the FCC who 
have been helpful in supporting the much needed changes to our 

Learning code the norm back in 1961 as it was still the primary mode of 
amateur communications. It was still the international  mode of choice 
for emergency/disaster communications then. But, much has changed since 
that time. VHF/UHF FM repeaters are the most popular mode of hams today. 
CW is far back in the pack now,  with other digital modes. No other 
radio service utilizes CW as a primary mode of communications in the 
world. I believe that CW is no more or less important to amateur 
communications than these other digital modes. The emphasis placed on a 
pass/fail morse CW exam is far out of proportion to its importance 
today. The time has come to first reduce, then eliminate that special 

I believe we are going to lose all youth interest in ham radio if we do 
not eliminate morse CW as a pass/fail testing. If not done, this will 
have a catastrophic effect on our hobby/service, as those young people 
that would ordinarily gravitate toward careers in RF communications, 
will go into other fields instead. Also, with the graying of the ham 
population, fewer hams will be available for traditional public service 
ham activities. Elimination of morse CW testing will also take away a 
major stumbling block to the many otherwise qualified individuals who 
want to join our ranks. 

As a result of morse testing situation, when the opportunity presented 
itself to become an appointed Director of NCI, I immediately volunteered 
my services. Since that time, I have dedicated a large number of hours 
of my time assisting in filings, position papers, and NCI bylaws which 
have defined the organization to date. Just as I am proud to be a life 
member of the ARRL, and a member of APCO, I am also proud of NCI and 
what it has accomplished in its short history. But the work is not done. 
There is much yet to do. If re-elected, I will continue to work for 
morse test speed reduction in all nations. I will also work for 
suppression, then removal of article S25.5 in the ITU treaty to allow 
each nation to decide it's own requirements for amateur licensing. If 
required, I will then work with the FCC to eliminate pass/fail morse 
testing in the American exams. 

I cannot guarantee early success in these matters. But the trend is 
clear, and I can guarantee my dedication to this cause until it is 
accomplished. We will win; it is just a matter of time. Therefore, I ask 
for your sustaining vote to continue as an NCI Director for the next two 

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