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Q. It is detrimental to ham radio to tinker with our operator exams as an expedient way to recruit. What are our ham exams really supposed to be all about?

A. Section 97.503 says that a written examination for a license grant must be such as to prove that the examinee possesses the operational and technical qualifications required to perform properly the duties of an amateur service licensee.

Q. What does a person really need to know in order to perform properly the duties of an amateur service licensee?

A. For a catalog of the duties every FCC-authorized amateur service licensee is supposed to be operationally and technically qualified to perform properly, read W3BE Checklists for Domestic and Foreign Amateur Service Licensees in Places Where the U.S. FCC Is Our Regulator BE Informed No. 1.0.

Q. What abilities are required in order to perform these duties properly?

A. They can be summarized under five topics:

   1. Possess the ability to read, understand, apply, and follow the rules – including knowledge of eighty technical terms (e.r.p., isotropically radiated power, modulation index, multiplex, PEP, etc.) that must be understood in order to make the rules meaningful.

   2. Possess and apply the ability to determine whether or not an amateur station’s transmissions are compliant with the technical standards codified in Part 97 Subpart D Technical Standards Section 97.301 through Section 97.313. This provides the assurance that the transmitting apparatus can be exempt from FCC equipment authorization oversight without unwanted consequence.

   3. Possess and apply the ability to properly assemble amateur stations composed of apparatus not necessarily FCC equipment authorized. The Section 97.103 station licensee is the only person accountable for the amateur station being compliant with the necessary technical standards.

   4. Possess and apply the ability to properly assemble systems of amateur stations. The FCC does not pre-approve systems of amateur stations transmitting in the amateur service. The individual participating stations do not even have to be provided by the same Section 97.103 station licensee.

   5. Possess knowledge of and utilize the Section 97.101(a)-required good amateur practice transmitting protocols in widespread use in the amateur service.

   For more Q/A on this topic read What Does a Ham Really Need to Know? BE Informed No. 2.0.

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Q. Don’t those of us duly authorized persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without pecuniary interest who want to conduct self-training, intercommunication and technical investigations have any protection from those who aim to tinker with the exams as a means of recruiting more licensees for their own purposes?

A. There is No. 53 of the ITU Radio Regulations (Geneva, 1990) - the essence of which is carried over to the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, then on to Section 2.1, and finally to Section 97.3(a)(4). It clearly defines our amateur service as being intended for bona fide amateurs such as yourself.

Q. There are all sorts of accredited schools, colleges, etc. available for learning. Our regulator is not the Department of Education. It should stick to authorizing persons who have proven their operational and technical qualifications required to perform properly the duties of an amateur service licensee.

A. For Q/A on that topic, read What Does the Possession of an Amateur Radio License Signify? BE Informed No. 2.18.

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Amateur radio is as old as the radio art. Intended as a non-commercial radio service for hobbyists, it has become a tradition-encrusted, largely unstructured, “hear and be heard,” two-way world-wide social media. It relies upon control operators – peer-certified in the U.S. - performing properly certain duties that are deeply rooted in mid-19th century telegraphy communications. 

Read the Rules - Heed the Rules!

  Our ham radio is an internationally recognized hobby. It is comprised of millions of amateur operators worldwide who must know how to cause or allow their amateur stations to transmit properly. We utilize electromagnetic radiation technology that knows no political borders. We are, consequently, subject to wide ranging domestic and international regulation. A working knowledge of the relevant rules is essential to not endangering ourselves, our families, or our neighbors; and to not disrupting other radio communications.

What are the penalties for violating the rules?

   (a) If the FCC finds that you have willfully or repeatedly violated the Communications Act or the FCC Rules, you may have to pay as much as $10,000 for each violation, up to a total of $75,000. (See Section 503(b) of the Communications Act.)

   (b) If the FCC finds that you have violated any section of the Communications Act or the FCC Rules, you may be ordered to stop whatever action caused the violation. (See Section 312(b) of the Communications Act.)

   (c) If a Federal court finds that you have willfully and knowingly violated any FCC Rule, you may be fined up to $500 for each day you committed the violation. (See Section 502 of the Communications Act.)

   (d) If a Federal court finds that you have willfully and knowingly violated any provision of the Communications Act, you may be fined up to $10,000, or you may be imprisoned for one year, or both. (See Section 501 of the Communications Act.)

[48 FR 24890, June 3, 1983, as amended at 57 FR 40343, Sept. 3, 1992]

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