Why is it so difficult to take a simple test that most people familiar with radios could pass with ease? Have you even looked at one of the sample tests?
To be fair, even the "real" amateur radio stores (HRO, AES, DXE, R&L) don't check licenses either. You pay and walk away.Contrary to popular belief folks do this every day. I have met entire groups of hunters that used a 2M frequency. They really don't care. Its no different in GMRS world or any other band. Some people just use what they want. Others follow the rules. GMRS is turning into the new Ham Lite anyway and I find over half the GMRs users have no license either.
There is no fix. Until Amazon and Ebay stop selling radios its only to get worse. Its the world we live in. All we can do is try to educate and help users find the right option. Instead many folks help users skirt the rules, modify radios to work in other services and say the FCC doesn't care.
Back to regularly scheduled traffic now....
Sadly, when they discovered that they could fatten their bottom line. Call it willful blindness but it stinks that these otherwise reputable amateur radio vendors deep down possess a grotesque indifference towards the rest of us who've moved up the ladder from one license class to the next one(s) Obviously, not every vendor operates in this manner but indirectly, the good ones unjustly get a black eye from the bottom feeders who do. And why Amazon continues to get away with the practice of selling two way amateur radio equipment, knowing full well that a majority of their customers aren't licensed and don't know their tails from a hole in the ground regarding the rules of the road is beyond reprehension!True. When I bought my HTX202 (on layaway) from the local Radio Shack I had to provide my license before I could leave the store with it. Not sure when vendors eliminated that check over time.
Anyone can memorize the test answers for any of the exams. It's not difficult.Personally, I think possessing a license for certain frequency bands/radio services is a good idea and serves a purpose. However, taking a test to get a license especially a Technician HAM license is kinda stupid. What purpose does memorizing answers to a test just to get a license when a majority of the people won't remember anyways or have the technical knowledge just so they can only communicate on the 2 Meters, 70 cm, and 33 cm bands with both voice analog or digital modulations.
In the US, at least, a tech can transmit above 100 watts on VHF/UHF. That invalidates this train of thought.I can see the purpose for other bands with the higher power levels to have a test but not for the bands I mentioned above especially if the power levels are 100 watts or lower.
I think the FCC should treat the license requirements for voice only modulations on the 2 Meter, 70 cm, and 33 cm bands with FCC Type-Accepted equipment at power levels 100 watts or lower like they license users for GMRS.
Maybe not as quickly as from a gun shot or a traffic accident, but misuse of RF transmitters can have serious health impacts.Except no one can die from misuse of a ham radio.