The ARRL reports that response to its survey on potential changes to entry-level licensing were overwhelming, with some 8000 responses received rather than the 1500 it expected, according to the ARRL Letter. Last year, the League's board of directors created a committee to study possible changes to entice more people into amateur radio, with a focus on either revamping the Technician license or recommending creation of a new entry-level license.
Committee Chairman and ARRL New England Division Director Tom Frenaye, K1KI, said he originally thought a new license class might be the best approach but is now leaning toward re-examining both the privileges and the exam requirements for the Technician license. He is tentatively looking toward expanded HF digital privileges for Techs, along with aligning the exam questions with the operating privileges offered by the license. The committee plans to make its recommendations to the full ARRL board at its next meeting in July.