Stephen Melachrinos <melachri@...>

More info, since folks started talking about the test elements:

From 1951 to 1987, test elements were as follows:

Element 1 was the code test. 1A was 5 wpm, 1B was 13 wpm, and 1C was 20 wpm
Element 2 was the Novice written
Element 3 was the General written
Element 4A was Advanced written
Element 4B was Extra written

A Novice license required 1A and 2. A Tech license required 1A, 2 and 3. A General required 1B, 2 and 3. Advanced required 1B, 2, 3, and 4A. And Extra required 1C, 2, 3, 4A and 4B.

In 1987, the General written (element 3) was split into two pieces. I think they were called elements 3A and 3B.

When License Restructuring was implemented in 2000, the written elements were renumbered. The contents of 2 and 3A were combined into a new Element 2 for Technician. 3B became the new Element 3 (General). And 4A and 4B were combined into the new Element 4 (Extra).


(various license manuals--I have about 50 of them)


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Regarding code testing...

- All amateur licenses required code tests prior to 1991. Code speed was dependent on license class--5 wpm for Novice and Tech, 13 wpm for General and Advanced, and 20 wpm for Extra. (There were different rules prior to 1951, but most of us weren't licensed then.)

- Starting in 1991, a no-code Tech license was available, restricted to 50 MHz and above because international rules required Morse proficiency for HF privileges. Techs who had passed the 5 wpm code test were (eventually) re-classified as Technician Plus.

- On 15 April 2000, the massive change known as License Restructuring went into effect. Part of this was declaring that no new Novice or Advanced Licenses would be issued (though renewals could continue), but perhaps more significant was the elimination of the 13 wpm and 20 wpm code tests. So all remaining license classes that required code (Tech Plus, Advanced, or Extra) only required 5 wpm.

- In 2007, all code tests were eliminated. 



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