The new license also could get another name, Sumner said."We're trying to recapture the magic of the old Novice license, but in a manner that's appropriate for the 21st century." Proposal Includes "Novice Refarming" Band Plan The overall proposed ARRL license restructuring plan would more smoothly integrate HF spectrum privileges across the three license classes and would incorporate the "Novice refarming" plan the League put forth nearly two years ago in a Petition for Rule Making (RM-10413)."The Board started out by recognizing that three license classes was the right number when looking down the road 10 or 15 years," he said."We need a new entry-level license." "On the other hand, there's nothing particularly wrong with the existing Extra class license," he continued.They would continue a process of streamlining the amateur licensing structure that the FCC began more than five years ago but left unfinished in the Amateur Service license restructuring Report and Order (WT 98-143) that went into effect April 15, 2000.
The ARRL plan calls on the FCC to combine the current Advanced and Amateur Extra class licensees into Amateur Extra, because the technical level of the exams passed by these licensees is very similar.
The ARRL license restructuring design calls for no changes in privileges for Extra and General class licensees on 160, 60, 30, 20, 17 or 12 meters. 1.) They should give the new Novice privileges to current Techs, Tech and Novices.
Novice licensees would have no access to those bands. 2.) Current Techs, Tech and Novices should have to take the element 3 to upgrade to General.
It would offer limited HF CW/data and phone/image privileges on 80, 40, 15 and 10 meters as well as VHF and UHF privileges on 6 and 2 meters and on 222-225 and 430-450 MHz.
Power output would be restricted to 100 W on 80, 40, and 15 meters and to 50 W on 10 meters and up, thus avoiding the need for the more complex RF safety questions in the Novice question pool.