[AMRadio] US General class licence no longer

Tom Chesek tchesek at epix.net
Wed Feb 6 17:53:50 EST 2008

Here we go again with the "I had to walk to school 20 miles each way uphill
carrying my little sister on my back" bellyaching. The CEPT regulation
certainly doesn't change the way you operate in the US and I suspect that
the number hams out of 650,000 or so from the US who travel abroad with
General or lower licenses wanting to operate will be few. Times change...so
adapt. Get your Extra Class license if it is so easy!  Your idea of "garbage
that I  DON'T want anything to do with!!!!" is how I feel about CW. I took
the 5WPM test for my license and don't operate that mode but I did what the
regulation at the time required.  The fact that they don't test for CW today
doesn't bother me either. CW certainly doesn't improve my electronic


----- 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 5:27 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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