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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB017 (2010)

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ARLB017 NCVEC Question Pool Committee Withdraws Four Questions

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ARRL Bulletin 17  ARLB017
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  May 25, 2010
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB017 NCVEC Question Pool Committee Withdraws Four Questions

The Question Pool Committee (QPC) of the National Conference of
Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC) announced the withdrawal of
two questions from the Technician class pool and two questions from
the Extra class pool.

Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (VECs) and Volunteer Examiners (VEs)
must take action to remove these questions from use by July 1, 2010.
Due to a rules change and pending action by the FCC, questions T2C02
and T2C03 from the July 2010 Technician Pool and questions E1C04 and
E1C05 from the July 2008 Extra Pool may not be used in examinations
after June 30.

The two Technician questions dealt with emergency communications and
Section 97.113 of the FCC's rules governing Amateur Radio. In March,
the Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM), WP
Docket No 10-72, that proposes to amend the rules to provide that,
under certain limited conditions, Amateur Radio operators may
transmit messages during emergency and disaster preparedness drills,
regardless of whether the operators are employees of entities
participating in the drill.

"Adoption of the NPRM appears more likely than not, abolishing the
temporary waiver [needed for government-sponsored emergency
communication drills] (T2C02) and making T2C03 an invalid question,"
the QPC said in a statement appearing on the NCVEC Web site.

"Therefore, we feel it is best to withdraw these two questions now
to avoid the possible inclusion of invalid information in training
material now being prepared."

The two Extra questions dealt with third party restrictions as
defined in 97.109(e); the FCC has since deleted this rule, so the
information is no longer applicable to the Amateur Service.
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