I suspect, we do not disagree that much. Although I feel there was a time when the Morse requirement was relevant. In my mind that ended about 1980.
I'm of the opinion that the regulatory justification for the Morse testing requirement ended with the demise of Spark.
Indeed, the sole
regulatory reason a Morse testing requirement was put in place before that time was because spark signals were so
broad that they often interfered with other "official" radio traffic (most notably from the US Navy).
Our regulators at the time wanted to be sure we amateurs knew enough Morse so that if we were interfering with another "official" transmission (such as a maritime distress call), an "official" station could come on the air, tell us to shut up
and we'd be able to both understand the message...and comply.
Now, with that all said, would somebody please
explain to me what overriding regulatory need
was fulfilled for retaining such a clearly arcane testing requirement in our Service well
into the 21st Century?
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