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FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement Proposal:

from W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL on March 15, 2019
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FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement Proposal:

ZCZC AG10
QST de W1AW
ARRL Bulletin 10 ARLB010
>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT March 15, 2019
To all radio amateurs

SB QST ARL ARLB010
ARLB010 FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement Proposal

The FCC has invited public comments on ARRL's 2018 Petition for Rule Making, 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 Technician licensees - both present and future - with:

* 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.

The ARRL petition points out the explosion in popularity of various digital modes over the past 2 decades. Under the ARRL plan, the maximum HF power level for Technician operators would remain at 200 W PEP. The few remaining Novice licensees would gain no new privileges under ARRL's proposal.

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. Demographic and technological changes call for a "periodic rebalancing" between those two objectives, ARRL maintained in his proposal. The FCC has not assessed entry-level operating privileges since 2005.

The Entry-Level License Committee offered very specific data- and survey-supported findings about growth in Amateur Radio and its place in the advanced technological demographic, which includes individuals younger than 30. It received significant input from ARRL members via more than 8,000 survey responses. "The Committee's analysis noted that today, Amateur Radio exists among many more modes of communication than it did half a century ago, or even 20 years ago," ARRL said in its petition.

Now numbering some 384,500, Technician licensees 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.

The Entry-Level License Committee determined that the current Technician class question pool already covers far more material than necessary for an entry-level exam to validate expanded privileges. ARRL told the FCC that it would continue to refine examination preparation and training materials aimed at STEM topics, increase outreach and recruitment, work with Amateur Radio clubs, and encourage educational institutions to utilize Amateur Radio in STEM and other experiential learning programs.
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Source: W1AW Bulletin via the ARRL.

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FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement Proposal Reply
by W5GNB on March 16, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Soon, you will be using your auto license plate for a call sign and you will be able to write your own Ham license on a napkin ~~~~
 
FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement Proposal Reply
by K1CJS on March 16, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
Simpler and simpler. Is that what the majority think should be made of the license? Already all too many other countries and/or jurisdictions now require an extra ticket of US amateurs for even the simplest of reciprocal operation.

Hell, I agree with the others. Why not just give the licenses away free--no test required. That is what its coming to.

Face it, ham radio is a hobby which faces all too many challenges with the abundance of instant communications available today. Lets not dumb it down even further than it has already been just to try to keep the number of new hams on an upswing.

If people want the license, lets keep the requirements as is. Lets keep the additional privileges reserved for the General and Extra licensees as what it is and should be--an incentive to upgrade.
 
RE: FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement Prop Reply
by KA2FIR on March 17, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
PETITION TO DISMISS RM-11828

https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/10314271330556/petition%20to%20dismiss%20RM-11828.pdf
 
FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement Proposal Reply
by W7ASA on March 18, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
We do not need MORE hams; we need BETTER hams. Add some HF data capability to the technician license if that helps, but VOICE ? Reeeeally ? This adds to 'the radio art' not-at-all.
 
FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement Proposal Reply
by KT4WO on March 19, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
If I needed a reason not to renew my ARRL membership, this is it.

It's all about the money for the ARRL....real shame.

 
FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement Proposal Reply
by K7CB on March 19, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
I was okay with reducing the code speed to 5 wpm for General and above. I was even okay with eliminating the code entirely. But that's as far as I go. The younger generation needs to lose this entitlement attitude and learn that you have to work for something. If this proposal passes what's next? Just giving prospective amateurs a license because they asked? Maybe include them as prizes in boxes of Lucky Charms?
 
FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement Proposal Reply
by N9MIU on March 20, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
I see this as a means to increase the membership to the ARRL. Once the code requirement was eliminated there is no way to judge if the person who has passed by testing can prove the correct format to have a QSO. Now all a person has to do is take a written test, no way for a prospect ham to prove their knowledge of having a 'real QSO.' Giving techs a slice of the pie is not helping Ham radio but will put millions of dollars into the coffers of the ARRL and they don't need the money even through they will say the new funds are needed. This is a hobby and as such when eliminating a rule or class of operators then any private organization should not profit by the FCC actions. What would be the driving force for Techs to upgrade? Once they have privileges on the proposed band who will ensure that the ham operators given a slim slice of the pie will only operate only in the thin slice and not the entire bandwidth? There was the no code techs and regular techs boondoggle and this is being set up to fail once again and then a new rule proposal to end the madness so why stop there with a slim slice of the pie that can't be verified so end all restrictions for any and every class of Ham Radio and let a person the right to walk into a Ham Radio Store, buy a radio that can operate in the entire band plan so the person walks outside with there new radio, attaches their new radio to an antenna and start transmitting. If you eliminate the separation then there is no incentive to upgrade. The FCC should not be in the business of helping the ARRL but should help all Amateur Radio Operators in the USA. Keep the system as it stands now or create a new class of License so when a Ham talks on the proposed frequency that Hams from across the USA and the World will know that that person has obtained the correct license to operate there.
 
FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement Proposal Reply
by N9MIU on March 20, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
I see this as a means to increase the membership to the ARRL. Once the code requirement was eliminated there is no way to judge if the person who has passed by testing can prove the correct format to have a QSO. Now all a person has to do is take a written test, no way for a prospect ham to prove their knowledge of having a 'real QSO.' Giving techs a slice of the pie is not helping Ham radio but will put millions of dollars into the coffers of the ARRL and they don't need the money even through they will say the new funds are needed. This is a hobby and as such when eliminating a rule or class of operators then any private organization should not profit by the FCC actions. What would be the driving force for Techs to upgrade? Once they have privileges on the proposed band who will ensure that the ham operators given a slim slice of the pie will only operate only in the thin slice and not the entire bandwidth? There was the no code techs and regular techs boondoggle and this is being set up to fail once again and then a new rule proposal to end the madness so why stop there with a slim slice of the pie that can't be verified so end all restrictions for any and every class of Ham Radio and let a person the right to walk into a Ham Radio Store, buy a radio that can operate in the entire band plan so the person walks outside with there new radio, attaches their new radio to an antenna and start transmitting. If you eliminate the separation then there is no incentive to upgrade. The FCC should not be in the business of helping the ARRL but should help all Amateur Radio Operators in the USA. Keep the system as it stands now or create a new class of License so when a Ham talks on the proposed frequency that Hams from across the USA and the World will know that that person has obtained the correct license to operate there.
 
FCC Invites Comments on ARRL Technician Enhancement Proposal Reply
by K0CBA on March 20, 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 Reply
by K0ZN on March 20, 2019 Mail this to a friend!
The easier something is to obtain, the less it is worth. That has always been the case. It is ironic that the ARRL is the driving force to degrade Amateur Radio. Ham radio is on the way to the chaos of CB if this passes. What the ARRL canít see is that as the quality of the operator pool and therefore the quality of on the air operation drops, it becomes harder to defend the spectrum.

ó K0ZN
 
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