FCC to reinstate Morse Code test!

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FCC to reinstate Morse Code test

Washington, D.C. – April 1, 2016 –

Today, the Federal Communications Commission (Commission or FCC) approved Report and Order 14-987af which reinstates the Morse Code test for General Class and Amateur Extra Class licensees.

“It was a big mistake eliminating the Morse Code test,” admits Dotty Dasher, the FCC’s director of examinations. “We now realize that being able to send and receive Morse Code is an essential skill for radio amateurs. As they say, it really does get through when other modes can’t.”

Not only will new applicants have to take the test, but General Class licensees who have never passed a code test will have one year to pass a 5-wpm code test. Similarly, Amateur Extra class licensees that never passed a code test will have one year to pass a 13-wpm test. Those amateurs that fail to pass the test will face revocation of their operating privileges. Materials for administering the examinations will be distributed to Volunteer Examiner Coordinators by the end of April, so that they can begin the testing on May 1, 2016.

“This isn’t going to be one of those silly multiple-choice type tests,” noted Dasher. “We’re going to be sending five-character random code groups, just like we did in the old days. And, applicants will have to prove that they can send, too, using a poorly adjusted straight key.”

Technician Class licensees will not be required to take a Morse Code test, nor will a test be required for new applicants. “We discussed it,” said Dasher, “but decided that since most Techs can’t even figure out how to program their HTs, requiring them to learn Morse Code seemed like cruel and unusual punishment.”

When asked what other actions we might see from the FCC, Dasher hinted that in the future applicants taking the written exam may be required to draw circuit diagrams, such as Colpitts oscillators and diode ring mixers, once again. “We’re beginning to think that if an applicant passes an amateur radio license exam it should mean that he or she actually knows something,” she said.

FIELD STOCKED!!

I would like to congratulate our club VE Team!  We have come a long way from our first testing session back last Field Day.  We are now officially a Field Stocked team which gives us the freedom to give tests “on the fly” if the need arises.

NET CONTROL OPS

We are still in need for 2016 net control operators.  If you would like to do the net for any certain month, please let KF5DHY know!  Send an email to kf5dhy@kf5dhy.org or you may comment directly here.

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VE Team up and running!

Our club VE team is up and running strong!  We will now be holding testing sessions at every club meeting for those interested.

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For Those Interested In Becoming a Ham Radio Operator

I have received several emails lately from the public showing interest in becoming a Ham Radio Operator.  First of all let me welcome all those who are browsing this page that are not members or licensed operators!  We are more than happy that you are showing interest in becoming licensed.  Ham Radio is a great hobby to enjoy and it is also a great way to assist the public as well as local, state and sometimes federal agencies in times of need.  This is probably one of the most enjoyable hobbies there is out there!  Our club meetings are the last Thursday of every month at 7pm at the Jasper Airport (AKA Bell Field).  We welcome all who wish to attend to include, licensed operators as well as non-licensed individuals who wish to learn more about ham radio or want to become licensed operators.  Our meetings are open to anyone and everyone!  So! With that said, for those of you who are browsing our page, that are interested in becoming licensed, please feel free to come to our meeting and introduce yourself!  Our club and its members have a vast wealth of knowledge into the hobby of ham radio and are more than willing to help answer your questions.  Once again, thank you for stopping by our page and showing interest, we always welcome those who want to become licensed!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us using our “Contact Us” link.  We will be more than happy to answer your questions!

Joe Pomponio – K5JEP

W5JAS – Lakes Area Amateur Radio Club President