[AMRadio] 40M AM?

D. Chester k4kyv at charter.net
Mon Feb 18 14:11:38 EST 2008

> Phil LaMarche wrote:
>> AND some one who's license is 59 years and the brain of a 69 year old 
>> that
>> doesn't work like it did, should be grandfathered in.
> Not to sound 'age discriminatory' or anything, but haven't we 'given
> away' enough, already?
> -Geoff/W5OMR

IIRC, in the pre-incentive licensing days, you could have your licence class 
upgraded to Extra with no additional examination, if you could show 
documented proof that you held a US government-issued amateur radio licence 
prior to a certain date in 1917, the date in which amateurs were shut down 
for World War One.  In 1968, that would have meant 50 years prior.

Someone who passed the General exam 59 years ago has already demonstrated in 
front of an FCC examiner, more knowledge about radio than someone who passes 
the Extra class to-day.  There was simply more purely radio-related material 
on the exams in those days, and the tests were structured to require more 
in-depth knowledge.

Don k4kyv 

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