23 Feb

Amateur Radio Enters A New Era

2007-02-23A new Amateur Radio Service regime now is in place.  The requirement to demonstrate Morse code proficiency to gain HF privileges officially disappeared from the FCC’s Part 97 rules today at 12:01 AM Eastern Time.  At the same time, some 200,000 Technician licensees without Morse code exam credit acquired HF privileges equivalent to those available to Novice licensees.  The League is marking the occasion with a W1AW special event aimed at welcoming newcomers to the HF bands.