Telegraph licenses

DavidC eDoc at NETZERO.NET
Thu Apr 13 22:29:43 EDT 2000

> The FCC's web site shows that 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class R/T
> licenses are still available, and that having a current
> Amateur Extra Class will automatically give you credit
> for Telegraph Elements 1 (16wpm, random groups) and 2
> (20wpm, plain text); Elements 1 and 2 are required for the
> 3rd and 2nd Class ticket.
> Go to:
> Don't know how much longer those licenses will be available,
> but getting one would enable a person to keep a firm grip on
> our past, which seems to be quickly slipping away.
> 73, Jeff KH6O

So, here is what I gathered from the chart:

1st Class:  Telegraphy 1, 2, 3, 4, Written 1, 5, 6
2nd Class: Telegraphy 1,2, Written 1,5,6
3rd Telegraphy 1,2 Written 1,5

Most of what is contained in Written 1,2,5,6 sounds as though it should
generally be familiar to an Extra, with a maritime spin.

Any idea of the cost for the tests?  Are these certifications recognized
towards anything in the commercial realm?  How about in government
facilities where communication gear is maintained and operated (e.g.
law enforcement, fire, emergency response, and other public services)?

... or would such an adventure be purely for the sake of history?

- Thanks! & 73, DavidC  K1YP in Hudson, FL



Element 1 - 16 code groups per minute.

Element 2 - 20 code groups per minute.

Element 3 - 20 code groups per minute.

Element 4 - 25 code groups per minute.


Element 1 - Basic radio law and operating practice with which every maritime
radio operator should be familiar. To pass, an examinee must correctly
answer at least 18 out of 24 questions.

Element 3 - General Radiotelephone. Electronic fundamentals and techniques
required to adjust, repair, and maintain radio transmitters and receivers.
The exam consists of questions from the following categories: operating
procedures, radio wave propagation, radio practice, electrical principles,
circuit components, practical circuits, signals and emissions, and antennas
and feed lines. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 57 out
of 76 questions.

Element 5 - Radiotelegraph Operating Procedure. Radio operating procedures
and practices generally followed or required in communicating by means of
radiotelegraph stations. To pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least
38 out of 50 questions.

Element 6 - Advanced Radiotelegraph. Technical, legal, and other matters
applicable to the operation of all classes of radiotelegraph stations. To
pass, an examinee must correctly answer at least 75 out of 100 questions.


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