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+ - Morse code test requirement to be reinstated for Amateur Radio License-> 1

Submitted by H0ek
H0ek (86256) writes "One of the standards of excellence required to possess an Amateur Radio License was to pass a test of Morse Code sending and receiving capabilities. At the beginning of 1991 this requirement was removed for Technician Class licenses, and finally in 2007 this requirement was removed for General and Amateur Extra Classes. This will now be reversed and all new applicants will be required to submit to the Morse Code test again. Also, all previous no-code licensees will have a specific length of time to renew their license with the new code test requirements. This can either been seen as restoring a badge of honor to the venerable amateur radio license system, or the death knell for a crotchety old system fading away in a world of community-wide wifi and mobile communications."
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+ - Morse code test requirement to be reinstated for Amateur Radio License 5

Submitted by H0ek
H0ek (86256) writes "One of the standards of excellence required to possess an Amateur Radio License was to pass a test of Morse Code sending and receiving capabilities. At the beginning of 1991 this requirement was removed for Technician Class licenses, and finally in 2007 this requirement was removed for General and Amateur Extra Classes. This will now be reversed and all new applicants will be required to submit to the Morse Code test again. Also, all previous no-code licensees will have a specific length of time to renew their license with the new code test requirements. This can either been seen as restoring a badge of honor to the venerable amateur radio license system, or the death knell for a crotchety old system fading away in a world of community-wide wifi and mobile communications."

Comment: Representing the people (Score 1) 366

by treeves (#46226549) Attached to: House Committee Approves Bill Banning In-Flight Phone Calls

Most comments here seem to be opposed to the ban, but the majority of the public are in favor of it, so the Congress is just representing them in passing this. I would prefer to let the airlines set their own rules and let the market work, but I'm giving a devil's advocate position to all the libertarian comments here.

Comment: Re:What are the questions? (Score 4, Funny) 313

by treeves (#46117195) Attached to: Half of US Nuclear Missile Wing Implicated In Cheating

example
1. When should you launch a missile?
a. Whenever you feel like it.
b. Now.
c. Never.
d. When your commanding officer tells you to launch.
e. None of the above.

2. Who can authorize a strategic launch?
a. Anyone.
b. The mailman.
c. County sheriff's deputies.
d. The POTUS
e. The tooth fairy.

 

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