osewalrus (osewalrus) wrote,
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No More Morse

The FCC adopted an order today designed to make it easier to become an amature radio relay operator (or "Ham Radio" as it is sometimes known). I don't think the Order is released yet (a fairly common practice), but you can read the press release here: http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-269012A1.pdf

The change highlighted and perhaps of the most general interest is the elimination of the Morse Code exam. An interesting statement about the ubiquity of radio communication and how it has changed. Morse Code dates from a time when, essentially, long distance communication could take place only in a series of 0s and 1s interpretable by the human brain. A break through then, a hinderance to licensing today. Sic transit gloria mundae.
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