Did you work in Baltimore at the LL School?
Date: Wed, 4 Apr 2012 14:19:53 +0000
Subject: [coldwarcomms] Re: COLDWAR HAMS
> First Phone in 1964 as HS sophomore... on first try, after passing
> Second Phone on first try. Both in FCC office back then, and secret
> exams - no published questions and answers.
Not publically, but actual Q & A's were available surreptitiously(but not illegally) in a few scenario's;in 1964 I was teaching the LL basic electronics & radio license preparation courses in DC, and when the guys were sent down the street to take the 2nd class exam we asked them to try & memorize all the Q & A's they could and jot them down upon their return; we would then compile all of them, huddle to agree on the right answer, type them on a stencil, & run them off on a hand cranked spirit duplicator. These Q & A's, (& several pages of older ones) were then given to the next class a few days before the exam.
Some of the students had photographic memories & would provide 50 or more Q & A's.
CREI(Capital Radio Engineering Institute) was doing the same thing, & some our students would swap feedback Q & A's with guys they knew at that school.I will admit that the 1st phone & radar license I got was due in part to feedback from CREI guys.
I suspect Uncle Charlie knew of this due to the higher than normal passing rate( we had 80% in some classes) from these two schools & changed the Q & A's more often, but sooner or later the same questions would be there.
There were a few students who got their license without the knowledge
one would need in a radio room, but these guys never got near TD-2,et al.
LL required all tech's in those days to have a 2nd class commercial radio license, but only a handful would be trained & turned loose on a radio route; those few had lots of OJT & observation by management,and had to prove their abilities.
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