Bij de VRZA werd het bericht ontvangen dat de FCC (de AT-EZ daar) in de USA de Morsecode exameneis voor de General en Extra Class licenties laat vervallen. Wanneer het een en ander in gaat is nog niet bekend. Een bericht daarover volgt t.z.t.

Hieronder wordt het bericht (in het engels) getoond.

From the CQ Newsroom...

The FCC announced late today (Friday, Dec. 15) that it had adopted a Report and Order eliminating the Morse code exam requirment for General and Extra Class amateur licenses.

In addition, the Commission said that without the code test, the difference in privileges between a Technician who had not passed a code exam (all privileges above 30 MHz) and one who HAD passed a code test (all VHF/UHF privileges, plus CW on 80, 40, 15 and 10 meters and phone on a portion of 10 meters), no longer made sense, and that, "the FCC, in today's action, afforded Technician and Technician Plus licensees identical operating privileges." [Note: While this most likely means that all Techs will gain Tech-Plus HF privileges, that will not be known for certain until the text of the Report & Order is released, probably on Monday.]

The news release did not indicate an effective date. Normally, FCC decisions take effect 30 days after publication in the Federal Register, and that normally takes about a month after the decision is released. So look for a likely effective date for the new rules somewhere in mid-February, 2007.

The complete text of the news release is online at <http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269012A1.doc>.

We will update this list as new information becomes available, and of course, we will provide complete information in the pages of CQ.