Big Island ARRL News, 14 February 2017, 21:50 hrs, UTC, Post #120.
Accessed on 14 February 2017, 21:50 hrs, UTC.
Author: Steve (KB9MWR).
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HQ ARRL is conducting an Entry License Survey at this site:
According to Steve (KB9MWR), the ARRL Board of Directors wants to know what ARRL members and unaffiliated radio amateurs think about a revised Amateur License structure. Currently, there are three licenses classes in the U.S.–Technician, General, and Amateur Extra. Apparently, the ARRL wants to add another license class below the Technician Class license to encourage more students and young people to become licensed Amateur Radio operators. The discussion reminds me of the debate surrounding the demise of the then Novice Class License which was abandoned after nearly 50 years.
Steve’s reply is framed in a letter to his Division Director, with the proviso that the proposed new license would offer something tangible to potential hams:
“I am not so sure the entry level privileges need to be more, but I do see the logic of some of the old novice class privileges. So putting some restrictions on an entry class moving forward, and some trade offs, like access to some portions of HF with power restrictions like the old novice makes sense. The entry test doesn’t need to be any less than it is now. There has been enough of that over the years. We need more hams ready to dig into things.
I’d actually like to see a new class of license, geared more toward the experimenter. The hobby desperately needs more people interested in something beyond just communicating and the social gathering aspects.”
What do you think about the new license structure? Fill out the survey and let your Division Director know where you stand on the issue.
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