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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB034 (2000)

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ARLB034 NCVEC advances revised Morse testing standards

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ARRL Bulletin 34  ARLB034
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  July 27, 2000
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB034 NCVEC advances revised Morse testing standards

The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators has voted
to set up revised standards for the administration of Morse code
examinations in the US.

Under the revised standards, examinees would have to show 25
character-count solid copy on test sheets or successfully answer
seven out of ten questions of a fill-in-the-blank quiz on the sent
text. The plan would bar multiple choice tests for Morse code
testing.

Morse examinations would specify use of a Farnsworth  ''character
speed'' in the range of 13 to 15 WPM.  Morse code audio pitch would
have to be between 700 and 1000 Hz. Standard 5 WPM tests with 5 WPM
character speed could be administered only as a special
accommodation.

The new Morse testing standards are to be in effect by next July 1,
but VECs may implement them sooner.

The NCVEC vote came July 21 during a meeting of VECs in Gettysburg,
Pennsylvania.
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