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Re: [Amps] Q and Resonance

To: <>, "Keith Dutson" <>
Subject: Re: [Amps] Q and Resonance
Date: Wed, 28 Jun 2006 13:33:17 -0700
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I was a tech for 30 years and built many rec. and transmitters.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Keith Dutson<> 
  Sent: Wednesday, June 28, 2006 12:59 PM
  Subject: Re: [Amps] Q and Resonance

  I suppose it is possible that a Tech could "design, test and construct
  transmitters and amplifiers" but I have never known one that did.

  This dumbing down of entry level licensees is definitely on purpose.  The
  hobby was getting to the point where it would be virtually non-existent when
  the old timers die off.

  Our club has given up on teaching a Tech class in the traditional way.  Now
  we are offering a one day "cram" course where the students are given the
  element 2 exam immediately after the class.  It'd the new "one day wonder"
  program.  You can imagine the grumbling that went on by the old timers in
  the club when this program was announced.

  But, I have good news.  We had 14 students and 12 passed.  Of the other two,
  one studied alone and passed the exam at the next available VE session.  Of
  the original 12 that passed, one studied further, learned the code and
  passed General and the other did the same thing and passed Extra.
  Furthermore, both are excited about their new found hobby and well on their
  way to being active members of our club.

  So, maybe this new method has some merit after all.

  73, Keith NM5G

  -----Original Message-----
[] On
  Behalf Of Bill Fuqua
  Sent: Wednesday, June 28, 2006 8:45 AM
  To: Amps
  Subject: [Amps] Q and Resonance

     This is a bit off the topic of "AMPS" but is related to building your own

     I had been teaching ham radio classes for many years. Can't remember when
  I started.  I have received the new ARRL technician's license manual and was
  surprised how little technical information was in it. Yesterday I downloaded
  the new question pool  and searched it only to by surprise find there are no
  references to resonance in it at all. Not a word. Inductance is only in it
  once but only as a wrong answer to a question having to do with resistance.
  Many of the "technical questions" only have to do with how to operate  a
  transceiver, which should be in the instruction manual 
  anyway.   There are questions about what the tuning knob is used for, what 
  the function button does etc.
  I don't know why I should even teach a technician's license class anymore. 
  What is the point. Maybe just continue to teach the code for now... until
  that is eliminated.
      A technicians class license gives the holder the privilege to design,
  test and construct transmitters and amplifiers. One concern is that this
  privilege may be taken away.  And this privilege could be taken away from
  amateur radio all together  if the other class license question pools are
  dumbed down similarly.

  "Technician Class License" is a oxymoron.

  Bill wa4lav

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