[AMRadio] US General class licence no longer

Bob Macklin macklinbob at msn.com
Wed Feb 6 17:33:15 EST 2008

When I looked at the Extra exam a few years ago I got turned off by the
computer/internet questions on the exam. I did not see what they had to do
with ham radio. I do understand the questions about the digital modes. I ran
RTTY on a model 15 and a Mite back in the 60's.

I also don't have any interest in the cell phones operate.

So I will just stay in the General segments.

Bob Macklin
Seattle, Wa,
"Real Radios Glow in the Dark"
----- Original Message -----
From: "rbethman" <rbethman at comcast.net>
To: "Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service"
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Sent: Wednesday, February 06, 2008 2:27 PM
Subject: Re: [AMRadio] US General class licence no longer acceptedfor
reciprocal operating privileges.

> Yep, it figures!!  I took MY general 28 years ago.  Did it at the
> Atlanta FCC office AND the Old-Fashioned way.
> Ran CW for a year or so at up to 35 WPM with a Nye-Viking Straight key.
> Now some bozo's want to ignore it, BUT accept an Extra License that I
> can go take after sitting down for an evening memorizing garbage that I
> DON'T want anything to do with!!!!
> Bob - NØDGN
> --
> Bob Bethman/NØDGN/BC-610/Northern Radio
> SP-600 Manassas, VA - MultiBand Dipoles
> D. Chester wrote:
> > CEPT (The European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications
> > Administration) no longer accepts US Amateurs below Advanced. General
> > and below no longer have full CEPT privileges in CEPT Countries.
> > "Changes in the US license structures and examinations often have
> > ancillary implications beyond the immediate impact upon the US
> > licensees," said Dan Henderson, N1ND, ARRL Regulatory Information
> > Manager.
> >
> > It looks like the US ham licence is going the way of the US dollar and
> > US prestige abroad.  The test has finally been "restructured" to the
> > point where the class that used to make up the majority of US
> > licensees are no longer recognized as hams.
> >
> > And this has nothing to do with eliminating the code requirement.
> > Most European countries got rid of it before we did.
> >
> > http://www.arrl.org/?artid=8000
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