Jim K5SP

Got my extra March 1999 had the 20 wpm code test.

Jim K5SP 

On May 13, 2021 9:06 PM, Jerry N9AVY <n9avy@...> wrote:
Searched for that info but couldn't seem to find it.  Thanks Steve !

I recall when I passed Extra without code as at that time I had 13 wpm with the General/Advanced.  Recall at the time that some were calling it "the welfare Extra" license Emoji

I do recall being on cloud 9 because I hadn't studied for Extra before going to VEC. Did check my FCC data but they don't have complete records of what was passed and when.

Jerry  n9avy

On Thursday, May 13, 2021, 06:41:15 PM CDT, Stephen Melachrinos via <melachri@...> wrote:

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. 



Jim,  K5SP #483
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