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RE: Code restructuring & Memorizing Answers !


Agree with you 100%- the FCC can reduce code requirements all it wishes- but
it ought to make its written exams a demonstration of the understanding of
AR fundamentals- and not give tests that can easily be passed by
memorization- without demonstrating any understanding or proficiency in
anything !

If the ARRL wants to make a sound restructuring proposal to the FCC, it
ought to be the elimination of written exams where one can pass- by
memorizing answers to specific questions- and not knowing anything !

Happy New Year and All the Best in Y2K,
Jim, N6MV

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org [mailto:owner-AMSAT-BB@AMSAT.Org]On
> Behalf Of Joel B. Black
> Sent: Friday, December 31, 1999 5:23 AM
> Subject: Re: [amsat-bb] code restructuring
> Sorry, there is no "test barrier."  If you can memorize the
> questions from a
> book, you can pass the test.  If the FCC makes the test like the
> GROL test,
> then yes, there will be a test barrier.  I took my GROL test in 1992 and
> passed.  I was lucky as I was in electronics school at the time and the
> information was fresh on my brain.  There was no memorization.  Sure there
> were *some* questions on the test that came straight out of the test prep
> books, but most didn't.
> The Amateur Radio tests *can* be memorized - don't tell me they
> can't, I did
> it for all three that I took - Technician, General, and Advanced.  Once I
> took the Tech written test and found this out, I couldn't believe
> it, but I
> used it - these tests were nothing like the GROL!
> Give the person the knowledge needed to pass the test, but change the
> questioning in the test.  For example, change the values in the
> resistors in
> a serial-parallel circuit on the test from those in the test prep
> books.  If
> that person can answer the question correctly, he/she has demonstrated an
> *understanding* of the knowledge.
> Let's not "dumb-down" our amateur priveleges the way public schools (in
> general) have dumbed-down basic education.  Make whatever
> qualification for
> amateur priveleges the FCC deems be worth it.  Make that person proud they
> passed the test - that was the way I felt when I passed my GROL!  Make the
> tests so that the person taking the test feels a sense of accomplishment
> afterwards.  Don't make the tests so that person can say, "I memorized
> another 100 questions."
> Joel B. Black, K2SAT
> k2sat@amsat.org
> AMSAT Local Area Coordinator
> P.S.  To all you old-timers (respectfully) out there - do you remember the
> last time drastic license restructuring took place?  I think it
> was back in
> the '50's or '60's.  Regardless of the exact date, I hear about it quite a
> bit from a fellow General-class ham in the area who lost priveliges he
> previously had.  I'd like to hear from all you guys (directly to my e-mail
> address) who went through this at that time.
> > Agree with me or not, but with the test barrier, at least you
> > have the knowledge that the person you are talking to is a licensed ham.
> > Ok, I know that there are some out of banders and pirates out there. But
> > with all of the modern technology, I think it is time to move on and let
> go
> > of it.
> > Be gentle with us fellows. this is going to help me fulfill a life long
> dream.
> >
> > Now back to satellites, please.
> >
> > 73 de  Gary
> >
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