Taiwan to Drop Ham Radio Morse Code Test

National Communications Commission (NCC) of Taiwan is to abolish the amateur radio Morse requirement and permit 432-440 MHz operation, having already approved the amendments with frequency and resources department deputy director Chen Chun-mu

The commission is obligated to make the amended regulations available for public view for two months and then make any changes deemed necessary before they can take effect.

Following requests from amateur radio operators, the amended regulations stipulate that they can use frequencies between 432-440 MHz, he said.

The amendments also extend the validity of amateur radio operating licenses from five years to 10 years, however to gain the extensions amateur radio operators must pass tests first.

In addition, the amendments stipulate that amateur radio operators would be able to start renewing their licenses five months before their licenses expire.

Current regulations allow them to do so one month before the expiration date.

Commission data showed that 42,900 licenses for qualified amateur radio operators were issued between 2012 and 2016.

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