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                      THE CGC COMMUNICATOR

                            CGC #364

                    Friday, December 31, 1999

                 Robert F. Gonsett, W6VR, Editor

     Copyright 1999, Communications General Corporation (CGC)

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  FCC RESTRUCTURES THE HAM RADIO RANKS

  The FCC has issued a Report & Order making major changes
  to the ham radio license structure.  The new rules, which
  become effective on April 15, 2000, include the following:

    Reduction of the number of operator license classes
    from six to three.  Only Technician, General and Extra
    Class licenses will survive.

    The Technician Class license will remain code-free.
    A code test will be required for the General and Extra,
    but it will be at 5 words/minute in both cases.

  See the full Report & Order in Word Perfect format at:
http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Orders/1999/fcc99412.wp 

  The ASCII (slightly incomplete) version is available at:
http://www.fcc.gov/Bureaus/Wireless/Orders/1999/fcc99412.txt 

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