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FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement Proposal:

from The ARRL Letter on March 14, 2019
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FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement Proposal:

The FCC has invited public comments on ARRL's 2018 Petition for Rule Making https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/1022823795806/2018%20Entry%20Level%20License%20PRM%20FINAL.pdf, now designated as RM-11828, which asks the FCC to expand HF privileges for Technician licensees to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40, and 15 meters, plus RTTY and digital mode privileges on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters. Interested parties have 30 days to comment. The Technician enhancement proposals stemmed from the recommendations of the ARRL Board of Directors' Entry-Level License Committee, which explored various initiatives and gauged member opinions in 2016 and 2017.

"This action will enhance the available license operating privileges in what has become the principal entry-level license class in the Amateur Service," ARRL said in its Petition. "It will attract more newcomers to Amateur Radio, it will result in increased retention of licensees who hold Technician Class licenses, and it will provide an improved incentive for entry-level licensees to increase technical self-training and pursue higher license class achievement and development of communications skills."

Specifically, ARRL proposes to provide present and future Technician licensees:

- Phone privileges at 3.900 to 4.000 MHz, 7.225 to 7.300 MHz, and 21.350 to 21.450 MHz

- RTTY and digital privileges in current Technician allocations on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters.

Under the ARRL plan, the maximum HF power level for Technician operators would remain at 200 W PEP. ARRL's petition points to the need for compelling incentives not only to become a radio amateur in the first place, but then to upgrade and further develop skills.

ARRL stressed in its petition the urgency of making the license more attractive to newcomers, in part to improve upon science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.

The ARRL Board's ad hoc Entry-Level License Committee, which recommended the proposals, received significant input from ARRL members via more than 8,000 survey responses.

Now numbering some 384,500 licensees, Technicians comprise more than half of the US Amateur Radio population. ARRL stressed in its petition the urgency of making the license more attractive to newcomers, in part to improve upon science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, "that inescapably accompanies a healthy, growing Amateur Radio Service."

ARRL said its proposal is critical to develop improved operating skills, increasing emergency preparedness participation, improving technical self-training, and boosting overall growth in the Amateur Service, which has remained nearly inert at about 1% per year. Read more http://www.arrl.org/news/fcc-invites-comments-on-arrl-technician-enhancement-proposal.

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The ARRL Letter

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FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement Proposal  
by WA7SGS on March 15, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
The Technician class HF privileges should allow for 12/10m all modes combined with the small CW segments in the lower frequency bands. Giving so much away will take away incentive to get a General among the majority of Technicians. As it is, the General exam is no more difficult than the Technician, so why not just make a 50 question exam incorporating elements of both current licenses and let "General" be the entry point with Amateur Extra available for those who want access to all amateur frequencies?

Rick
 
FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement Proposal  
by KH2SR on March 15, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
I like this proposal. I hope it goes through.
 
FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement Proposal  
by K0CBA on March 15, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Why not have one license and just give everybody everything or better yet, no license at all?
Getting a license is kind of a joke now as it is.
 
FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement Proposal  
by WA4AOS on March 20, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
This is obviously an effort to sale more radios and increase revenue for the ARRL.

A listen to the HF bands ,especially, during the evening hours is proof enough of the degradation of the hobby during the last several decades.

7.200 Mhz is a classic example of Hams, word used loosely, acting like IDIOTS. Profanity, insults and jamming the frequency happen a great deal of the time on this freq. The same is true for many other HF freqs.

If people are not willing to put in some effort to earn their licenses, perhaps they should remain on 11-meters.

We need to make more of an effort to encourage the many who took the time, got their license legally, only to be bullied of the HF bands. I have lost count of the times I have heard people say they got their licenses, spent money to by equipment and installed antennas, only to discover Ham radio was not much different from CB... SHAME.
 
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