What you seem to be saying is that tasks such as making a simple wire dipole are so complex that even Extras need their hands held in order to do them. I say that's nonsense.
What's "nonsense" is the myopic expectation that our licensing system is (or should be) the sole source of learning in our Service.
It's the absolutely baseless belief that seems to now run rampant in our Service (particularly among our "regulatory fundamentalists") that, once a person successfully passes an Extra Class exam, there's should be absolutely no
need for them to learn anything else...or to (gasp!) ask "dumb" questions in online forums. Such people should have already "arrived" at the pinnacle of achievement.
Unfortunately, this whole idea is ludicrous on its face. And it always has been.
For, if the material that's examined on the Extra Class exam is so absolutely ESSENTIAL for safe and courteous operation in our Service, why, then, are some 83 percent
of all US licensed hams allowed to self-select themselves OUT of taking it?
Or, to put it another way, if that so-called "Extra Class" material is so
essential to maintaining good order and discipline in our Service, then it seems to me that only about 17 Percent of all US hams have now demonstrated their mastery of it because only about 17 percent now hold Extra Class licenses.
So, once again, it seems I've exposed yet another
glaring (I say fatal
) deficiency in our so-called "incentive" licensing structure.
The bottom line here is that the Extra Class exam is nothing more than an "achievement" test vice an exam to determine one's mastery of essential competencies
. That fact, in turn, makes the whole Extra Class nonsense an "unnecessary regulatory barrier" (to use the FCC's legal terminology) to full access to otherwise already qualified
(i.e. General Class) applicants to the PUBLIC airwaves that are the Amateur Radio bands.
And it's THAT inconvenient truth, Jim, that now makes the Extra Class exam systemically discriminatory (and therefore patently illegal to maintain and administer) under a whole plethora of 1990s-era US equal access laws.
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