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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB011 (2011)

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ARLB011 NCVEC Deletes Question from Amateur Extra Question Pool

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ARRL Bulletin 11  ARLB011
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  March 29, 2011
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB011 NCVEC Deletes Question from Amateur Extra Question Pool

Due to the FCC revising the rules concerning Spread Spectrum, the
Question Pool Committee of the National Council of Volunteer
Examiner Coordinator (NCVEC) has decided to delete a question from
the Amateur Extra class question pool. According to QPC Chairman Rol
Anders, K3RA, when the Spread Spectrum rule change goes into effect,
the answer to question E1F13 in the Amateur Extra class question
pool will no longer be correct.

In March 2011, the FCC -- acting upon a 2006 Petition for Rulemaking
filed by the ARRL -- eliminated the requirement that amateur
stations transmitting Spread Spectrum use Automatic Power Control
(APC) to reduce transmitter power. At the same time, the Commission
reduced the maximum power of a Spread Spectrum emission from 100 to
10 W PEP.

Anders encouraged those who administer Amateur Radio license exams
to remove question E1F13 as soon as possible, but advised that it
must be removed when the rules change goes into effect. The changes
to Sections 97.311 and 97.313 of the Commission's Rules will be
effective 30 days after the Report and Order is published in the
Federal Register. The current Amateur Extra class question pool is
effective through June 30, 2012.
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