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FCC to reinstate Morse Code test!

FCC to reinstate Morse Code test

Washington, D.C. – April 1, 2018 –

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, 2018.

“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.

Local Weather!

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Net Control 2018

Net control stations are need for 2018.  If you would like to be net control for any certain month please let me know otherwise the list will remain the same as it was for 2017.

David – KF5DHY

CONGRATS!

A big congratulations to the Barnett brothers Aaron, Zebulun, Eleazar for passing their exams last night. Zebulun and Eleazar passed their Tech while Aaron passed Tech AND General. We look forward to hearing you on the air when you get your call signs.

The really neat thing is there is a high probability that they will get sequential call signs!

CLUB EMAIL AND MAILING LIST

Just a reminder and in case you don’t know the club has a email group!  To join simply visit http://listmail.w5jas.org and follow the instructions on adding yourself to the group.

Also I still have @w5jas.org email addresses available for any current club member.  Your email address would look like this yourcallsign@w5jas.org

If you are interested please contact me at  kf5dhy@kf5dhy.org and I will fix you up.

Echolink Update

The W5JAS Echolink node may be unavailable at times over the next few days during a local system update/upgrade.

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.

W5JAS Tailgate Sale

The W5JAS Tailgate Sale is now up and running!  You may use this to place an ad for anything related to amateur radio.  Simply click on “Tailgate Sale”, then place your ad.

 

This is a multi-step process to prevent spam to the web page, ALL ads must be approved by a page admin.

 

Enjoy!

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.

Click on the Testing Sessions link at the top of the page for more info!