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  • Tom VanderMel
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 29, 2006
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      > [As always, send replies to k8je@.... Do not click on REPLY. The
      > ARRL reflector that gets this newsletter to you is one-way, only.]
      > - Morse Code License Requirement Abolised.
      > - Personal Perspective about Code Testing.
      > - New Voluntary Band Plan Announced.
      > - Collateral Change.
      > - Automatically Controlled Narrow Band Data.
      > - Tentative Travel Schedule.
      > - New Year's Wishes
      > By now, we all know FCC has ruled to abolish Morse code testing as part
      > of any amateur license requirement. There isn't much further to be
      > said. With this act, FCC has taken a few additional steps. You can
      > read about these on the ARRL web site.
      > Please notice the only thing abolished by FCC was the testing
      > requirements. The use of Morse is still allowed and no CW privileges
      > were lost by this latest Report & Order. Similarly, ARRL will continue
      > with code practice, bulletins and CW operating activities. CW is not
      > dead and won't die for many years, if ever.
      > First, a question: What was the code test speed Hiram Percy Maxim
      > (1AW, W1AW SK) passed to become a ham? Answer later.
      > As you may know, my prime operating mode on HF is CW. I enjoy it. It
      > is a nice tool. For me, it helps keep my mind sharp.
      > Having said this, I do not feel that the FCC sold Amateur Radio down
      > the river with its Report & Order to abolish code testing as a
      > requirement for obtaining a ham license. As shocking as this may sound
      > to some members . . . and nonmembers, as well . . . I've never thought
      > Amateur Radio was all about Morse code testing or even Morse code.
      > Morse code has been -- and will remain for quite some time -- a
      > valuable tool in radio, including Amateur Radio. And, contrary to an
      > oft-stated popular belief, the US military has not totally abandoned
      > Morse code. It is still found hiding in the nooks and crannies of
      > military communication. It will continue to be a useful and well-used
      > mode for many amateurs.
      > Some of you may view the demise of Morse code testing as a huge mistake
      > and, moreover, deaths blow to our great radio service. I respectfully
      > disagree. As I mentioned in one of my newsletters a couple of years
      > ago, discarding Morse testing is merely one more change in the history
      > of Amateur Radio.
      > Just as automobile drivers no longer need to take driving exams in cars
      > equipped with manual transmissions, incoming hams will simply not need
      > to pass a code test. Drivers who have passed drivers license testing
      > without touching the shift lever of a manual transmission are drivers
      > just as much as drivers who tested using manual transmissions. So,
      > too, hams who have passed amateur license testing without touching a
      > telegraph key or keyer are just as much radio amateurs as amateurs who
      > passed 20 wpm exams.
      > Contrary to the belief that it is Morse code that gives us qualified
      > operators, it is the operator who makes a qualified ham. An unethical,
      > selfish individual who becomes a ham will be an unethical, selfish ham
      > regardless of whether he or she has passed a code exam.
      > Don't believe me? Look around the bands and check over FCC enforcement
      > records. You will see that some of the worst operators and most
      > flagrant violators of FCC rules are Advanced and Extra Class licensees.
      > Flip the coin to its other side and you'll see that some of the best
      > and most law abiding operators are no code Techs . . . many who joined
      > Amateur Radio after getting their introduction to radio through CB.
      > As one of my most outspoken critics, Jim Wades, K8SIW recently wrote on
      > the QMN (CW traffic net) Reflector, "We will gain nothing by creating a
      > 'cast system' based on telegraph proficiency or any other standard.
      > Attempts on the part of operators to belittle, isolate, or otherwise
      > single-out individuals as 'no-code' licensees or by otherwise implying
      > they are not 'real hams' will likely be very counterproductive." Jim
      > went on to observe, "Such an approach was taken by some misguided
      > individuals after the implementation of the no-code Technician license
      > and it did much harm to the Amateur Service and CW in particular."
      > Amen, Jim.
      > Just as some world cultures relegate "undesirable" people into inferior
      > classes (e.g. the unclean); many amateurs mistakenly cast other hams
      > into hamdom's supposed inferior classes. To some amateurs, the real
      > sinners in the world are no code Techs and 5 wpm Generals, Advanced and
      > Extra Class operators and such. How many times have you heard someone
      > say, "I'm a 'real' Extra." I passed 20 wpm. Or, what about an old
      > time Extra who might say he is a "truly real" Extra because he had to
      > draw wiring diagrams for his written exam as well as pass 20 wpm.
      > You've doubtlessly heard of hams who have been cast into other versions
      > of Amateur Radio's leper colony.
      > Many decades ago, the argument was over spark gap. Today, many hams
      > don't know what spark gap is and couldn't care less. Back then, to be
      > a "real" amateur, one had to use spark gap, not the new-fangled
      > continuous wave (CW) stuff. Then we "moved on" to the "you aren't a
      > 'real' amateur if you 'talk' over the air" debate. Using code was "the
      > only way to go." After this it became "you aren't a 'real' amateur if
      > you use this noise-polluting, Donald Duck-sounding SSB garbage."
      > There have been changes in Amateur Radio ever since it first came into
      > existence. Change is what Amateur Radio is about. There will continue
      > to be change for as long as it exists. Technology and science move on,
      > even though we would be more comfortable if we could stay where things
      > don't change. Humans don't like change. We like to stay in the
      > comfort zone of known territory. This is where we can stay warm and
      > fuzzy.
      > My message is that we all are Amateur Radio operators. This applies
      > whether our license is a no code Tech or a 20 wpm Extra. We all are
      > hams. Moreover, we don't have such huge numbers of people in Amateur
      > Radio and we haven't captivated the public imagination sufficiently
      > with our miraculous deeds that we can afford to be snobbish over how
      > long we each have been licensed . . . or over differences in the
      > requirements that were in place when we took our exams . . . or over
      > how we like to spend our time on the air. We can't afford to divide
      > one ham from another.
      > We need to work together to develop a great new Amateur Radio that
      > recaptures and surpasses its gloried past. We will never be able to
      > accomplish this task if we don't respect each other and work together.
      > What do you think about all this? Let me know.
      > Answer to question: Hiram Percy Maxim, a principal founder of ARRL and
      > Amateur Radio, never took a code test to obtain a ham license. In
      > spite of this, he was a great user of Morse and a great ham.
      > Not to be confused with the band changes made in the FCC's Report &
      > Order, ARRL has released suggested revisions in the Voluntary Band Plan
      > that hams generally follow. This voluntary bandplan does not supersede
      > the FCC's recent ruling that became effective December 15.
      > The revisions in the Voluntary Band Plan were based largely on hundreds
      > of suggestions and comments made in response to ARRL's request for
      > input. I don't usually try to put tables in this newsletter, but I am
      > going to deviate from this general rule and have placed the revisions
      > below (I hope this through the reflector without becoming garbled):
      > 75/80 Meters Current Band Plan New Band Plan
      > 3.590 RTTY DX RTTY/Data DX
      > 3.580-3.620 RTTY 3.570-3.600: RTTY/Data
      > 3.620-3.635 Packet Delete
      > 3.790-3.800 DX Window No change
      > 3.845 SSTV No change
      > 3.885 AM calling frequency No change
      > 40 Meters Current Band Plan New Band Plan
      > 7.040 RTTY DX RTTY/Data DX
      > 7.080-7.100 RTTY 7.080-7.125: RTTY/Data
      > 7.171 SSTV No change
      > 7.290 AM calling frequency No change
      > 15 Meters Current Band Plan New Band Plan
      > 21.070-21.100 RTTY 21.070-21.110: RTTY/Data
      > 21.100-21.110 Packet 21.070-21.110: RTTY/Data
      > 21.340 SSTV No change
      > You can see the complete story and a graphic presentation of the new
      > Voluntary Band Plan by going to
      > www.arrl.org/news/stories/12/14/101/?nc=1.
      > When the R&O that drops code test requirements becomes effective,
      > current Tech licenses will receive the same CW privileges as current
      > Novice licensees.
      > The new automatically controlled, narrow band digital segment on 80 M
      > will be from 3585 kHz to 3600 kHz. This segment becomes official 30
      > days after the Order for Reconsideration is published in the Federal
      > Register.
      > FCC apparently had its method for correcting its error of outlawing
      > automatically controlled, narrow band data from 80 M worked out even
      > before ARRL submitted its request to restore these operations at
      > 3600-3635 kHz. This error had occurred in the R&O it published in
      > mid-November and that became effective December 15. No sooner had ARRL
      > requested restoration of this form of operating to 80 M, but the FCC
      > published its version of a fix. The fix was simply announced much
      > too quickly for it to have been stimulated by our petition.
      > FCC's fix, of course, was far from satisfactory in my opinion.
      > Jan. 9: 20/9 Meeting, Canfield, OH.
      > Jan. 13: SW OH Digital Symposium, Middletown, OH.
      > Jan. 18: A&F Meeting, Newington, CT.
      > Jan. 19-20: Board of Directors Meeting, Newington, CT.
      > Feb. 11: Mid-Winter Hamfest, Mansfield, OH.
      > Mar. 12: West Chester ARA, West Chester, OH.
      > Mar. 15: Bellbrook ARC Dinner Meeting, Waynesville, OH.
      > Mar. 18: Toledo Hamfest, Toledo.
      > Apr. 14: QCWA Meeting, Cleveland, OH.
      > Apr. 20: KY Colonel ARC, Bowling Green, KY.
      > Apr. 26: SUMCO ARES, Stow, OH.
      > May 18-20: Dayton Hamvention, Dayton, OH.
      > Jun. 17: Monroe Hamfest, Monroe, MI.
      > Jul. 20-21: Board of Directors Meeting, Newington, CT.
      > Aug. 18-19: ARRL National Convention, Huntsville, AL.
      > Sep. 8: GRAHamfest, Grand Rapids, MI.
      > Sep. 9: Findlay Hamfest, Findlay, OH.
      > Sep. 22: Great Lakes Division Convention, Cleveland, OH.
      > Sep. 23: Cleveland Hamfest, Cleveland, OH.
      > GB to 2006. It was a very eventful year. I wish you and your family
      > all the best in 2007.
      > During this coming year, please think globally when thinking of Amateur
      > Radio. I don't mean globally in terms of the world, but globally in
      > terms of how we and our individual operating preferences fit together
      > with so many thousands of other individuals and their operating
      > preferences in a jigsaw puzzle. This puzzle, when put together in its
      > total form, discloses the beautiful picture that is Amateur Radio.
      > 73,
      > Jim, K8JE
      > Jim Weaver, K8JE, Director
      > ARRL Great Lakes Division
      > 5065 Bethany Rd.
      > Mason, OH 45040
      > E-mail: k8je@...; Tel.: 513-459-0142
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