Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Newest Ham

ECOA would like to send their congratulations to Aaron Wiik, VE3UDA, who has passed his Basic Amateur Radio Exam this week at the ripe old age of 10 years old!! 

It is very ironic that young Aaron should pass the exam at the young age of 10.  Currently there is a ham, in Ontario, who is trying to convince RAC to re-open the Foundation License talks of several years ago.

For those of you not aware of what a Foundation License is, they are currently available in the UK and Australia, and to get one you need to pass an extremely dumbed down version of our current Basic Exam, but you still get HF privileges....which is more than you get on our Basic License.....does that sound fair?

Anyway, it's a moot point.  The whole argument from the gentleman in Barrie is based upon the fact that he thinks the current exams are too difficult, and that ham radio should be available to all......we guess he doesn't understand that's what CB is for.

The ECOA point of view is that if a 10 year old can knuckle under and study and pass the Basic Exam, then surely a 30 year old can do the same....without dumbing it down any more than it currently is!

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