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Date Posted: Wed 10 Oct 2007; 12:12pm
Author: Dave Read (Calm and collected)
Subject: Love radio, hate exams

I'm in the middle of a course for the foundation licence. Personally I do not find it very difficult, at least not at this stage. And apparently the exam is not difficult.

But supposing you were not particularly articulate, or could'nt read and write, basically not of an intellegent sort. Are you then excluded from a radio hobby? Can only those who are clever enough to pass certain exams allowed to operate a rig? It does not need any working knowledge of electronics, or even how to solder a plug on, to know how to use a radio.

Of course there are the rules (Another subject), which need to be adhered to and you would need to know how to use your equipment properly. But what else is actually needed?

It would appear that to be able to fully use the amateur radio frequencies you have to be an intelectual to some degree. This excludes a very large number of people who, without freebanding, would not be able to operate a radio.

I'm all for having a licence but the criteria for obtaining that licence is wrong.

I also understand that full amateur licence holders can build equipment for their own use, fine, have a different licence for building equipment so that if all you want to do is operate a transceiver you dont need one of these.

The first licence should be issued without any exam or course or anything, straight from the Post Office, fill in a form, send your fee and you're away. This should take you onto ALL amateur frequencies, but at 100w output.

The full licence (Which would not included transmitting equipment manufacture) should be availible after a test, a sort of driving test. Not an electronics exam.

What is the reasoning behind all the palaver there is to get yourself involved in radio transmission?

Just as well freebanding is so wide spread, probably too wide spread for anyone to do anything about it now.

Dave 26fb001
www.freebanding.co.uk

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