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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB003 (2000)

ARLB003 Question Pool Committee Eyes February 1 Release Date

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ARRL Bulletin 3  ARLB003
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  January 14, 2000
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB003 Question Pool Committee Eyes February 1 Release Date

A revised Amateur Radio question pool that reflects the April 15,
2000, restructuring rules could be out by February 1. Chairman Ray
Adams, W4CPA, of the National Conference of Volunteer Examiner
Coordinators' Question Pool Committee says workable question pools
for the new Technician, General and Amateur Extra written exams will
be made public by February 1 or ''very shortly thereafter.''

Adams says that a Technician class syllabus already has been drafted
and approved. The various QPC members have been keeping in touch by
telephone and e-mail since the FCC announced the restructuring rules
December 30.

Adams says that the QPC plans to further refine and update the newly
configured pools in the future, after it has an opportunity to meet
and formulate a plan. He said the revised question pools will follow
the established format.

After April 15, 2000, the FCC will only issue Technician, General,
and Amateur Extra class licenses. Novice and Advanced licensees will
retain current operating privileges and may renew indefinitely.
Applicants desiring HF privileges will only have to pass a 5 WPM
Morse code test. Current Amateur Radio study materials remain valid
at least until the new rules become effective in April.

There are four examination elements in the new licensing system.
Element 1 is the 5 WPM Morse code test; Element 2 is a 35-question
Technician test; Element 3 is a 35-question General test, and
Element 4 is a 50-question Amateur Extra test.

Frequently Asked Questions and other information on restructuring is
available on the ARRL Web site.


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