ARRL ham radio new entry level license proposal

the ARRL proposes a new entry level license 2017

This will be a hot topic in the coming weeks and months. The ARRL is soliciting feedback about a potential new entry-level license. summarizes:

An Entry Level License Committee was established by the ARRL Board of Directors and appointed in September 2016. As part of its ongoing work, the committee is gathering member input and will make recommendations to the Board for possible rules changes to submit to the FCC.

The result could mean changes to the Technician license, but it could also be an additional, but simpler, license with privileges that would give a newcomer a taste of most facets of ham radio from HF to VHF and UHF.


According to the ARRL website, the basic summary for the realignment is as follows:

What are the problems we’re trying to solve?

  • The declining population of new hams under the age of 30.
  • A decline in the number of new licensees who actually get on the air.
  • Amateur Radio’s lack of appeal for those under the age of 30, compared to other technical hobbies.
  • The increasing challenge of engaging and retaining Technician licensees.
  • A reluctance in much of the amateur community to embrace newer technologies of interest to the younger segment of the population.

The working mission:

  • Encourage students and young adults to learn about ham radio.
  • Train licensees for concepts necessary to be effective and successful.
  • Provide sufficient privileges that will make Amateur Radio more attractive.
  • Build in a strong incentive to upgrade to next license level.

Keep up to date on the ARRL Committee Reports page.
There are a lot of pros and cons and opinions out there.

When you Google information and opinions about this new license, be sure to check the date: You might be finding opinions about the last restructure – or the one before that.

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Silent Key – Bill DeWolfe, WØLVI

Bill DeWolfe, WØLVI
1931 – 2017

A long-time RMRL member and great contributor to the ham community has passed away.  Services were held at the Mile Hi Church at 1030am on January 23, 2017, 9077 W. Alameda Ave., Lakewood, 80226. Reception followed at Red Rocks Country Club, 16235 W. Belleview, Morrison, 80465. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Bill’s name to  your favorite charity.

Bill is survived by his wife Joanna, brother Tom, 7 children, 9 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by 3 grandchildren.

We asked Bill’s friend, Gary, NØERG, to share his remembrances of Bill. This is what he shared:

Bill DeWolfe, WØLVI, best known to the ham radio community as The Weather Guy. He was very active in the Colorado Amateur Radio Weather Net for decades, and eventually became the Net Manager.

Bill’s family moved to Colorado in 1945. Bill attended South High School in Denver and Bill and a group of South High classmates went to lunch every week—until his death. They called themselves the ROMEOs (Really Old Men Eating Out).

At the age of 20, Bill joined the Navy and was posted to the USS Antietam, an Aircraft Carrier, where Bill worked on all the radio equipment on the carrier and its planes.

Bill had many hobbies, taking up photography when he was in the service and going on to be the wedding photographer for his children’s weddings. Another lifelong hobby was golf, a passion shared by his wife, Joanna. Bill used to say that he had lost a golf ball in every state in the union, and several foreign countries.

Joanna, Bill, and their seven children moved to Evergreen, where Bill became active the volunteer fire department and city planning. He also started participating in the Burro Races at Fairplay, providing communications. At some point, (not sure of the date) when Bill retired from Lockheed Martin the family moved to the Morrison area, near the Red Rocks Country Club—I assume to be close to the golf course. He also became very active in the VFW and other Veterans associations.

WØLVI of “near Morrison” as he liked to check in, began his relationship with the Colorado Amateur Radio Weather Net in 1969 under unusual circumstances. Five Glenn L. Martin Company employees had disappeared in a private aircraft, and Bill was involved in the search. The search effort was ultimately successful, but the aircraft was found with no survivors. Bill gave his weather report at the crash area… his first.

He was, I understand, quite insistent with the family that the weather reports get turned in, whether or not he was home. When he was gone—on business, a hunting or fishing trip—the duty fell to his children to get the report in. They would collect all the readings, and phone them in to Bob Swanlund, WØWYX, up on Squaw Mountain so he could get the report into the net.

In 1989 WØLVI became weather net manager, taking over from Val Eldridge, KØESQ.

For any NTS traffic handlers out there, as of the end of 2016, Bill had originated 17,350 messages, just for the Weather Net.

Bill was also active for decades in ARES, and reported the statewide high and low temperatures, extreme snow depths, and so on, to the various ARES state-wide nets on Sundays, along with other ARES duties.

Needing some more time to complete a long-term golfing project, Bill stepped down from the Net Manager position in the autumn of 2012, and I took over. It’s been a tremendous pleasure and a real job trying to fill the shoes of my great friend, ham radio colleague, and fellow “weather-nut”.   73, Bill–I’ll keep listening for you. ___Gary, NØERG Colorado Amateur Radio Weather Net Manager