[AMRadio] Extra Class License

Thomas F. Giella NZ4O nz4o at tampabay.rr.com
Sun Sep 27 14:50:28 EDT 2009

Bernie Said:
.....And yes, I know this has been brought up before, and yes I know there 
are generals, not
an excuse for most, a few hours with the license manual and you are an
extra. I talked with a 13 year girl a while back that was an extra!!.....

NZ4O Says:
It really get's old hearing the Extra Class license denigrated on this email 
list. I have a BS in Meteorology, an MS in Space Plasma Physics and an above 
average IQ but could not memorize all of the answers to all of the questions 
in the current Extra Class license question pool. I had to study and 
understand the material over a period of a few months to pass the test on 
the first try.

99.9% of the people that denigrate the current Extra Class question pool as 
being so easy that the answers to the questions can be memorized in short 
order, CAN NOT ACCOMPLISH THAT FEAT. Since the Morse code requirement was 
reduced to 5 wpm and then ultimately to zilch (which I did not agree with) 
the question pools have been toughened.

The average Extra Class ham that passed the written rest 10-20 years ago 
could not pass the current exam without real study.

73 & GUD DX,
Thomas F. Giella, NZ4O
Lakeland, FL, USA
nz4o at arrl.net

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