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132. Question (a) shall determine the applicant's prac- Experience. tical knowledge and experience in handling radio appara
An applicant's experience will be determined largely from the personal question sheet and from satisfactory letters or references submitted. Experience, operating first-class amateur apparatus, or the apparatus provided in good training schools, will be given a reasonable value, but applicants who have had experience as apprentices at commercial shore stations or on board vessels will receive higher marks.
133. No applicant who fails to qualify will be reexamined at any examining office within three months from date of the previous examination. All examination papers, whether the applicant qualifies or not, will be forwarded to the Bureau of Navigation for filing as “Operator's record.” When the records of the Bureau develop the fact that an applicant has failed to qualify and has applied for reexamination or been reexamined at the same or another office within three months, his existing license may be suspended or revoked by the Secretary of Commerce. Applicants to whom are issued second-grade licenses will not be examined for first grade within three months under the same rule.
PLACES WHERE EXAMINATIONS ARE HELD.
134. United States navy yards: Boston, Mass.; New Regular exam.
inations. York; Philadelphia, Pa.; Norfolk, Va.; Charleston, S.C.; New Orleans, La.; Mare Island, Cal.; Puget
Sound, Wash. 135. Naval radio stations: San Juan, P. R.; Colon, R. P.; Honolulu, H. T.; Key West, Fla.
136. United States Army stations: Fort Omaha, Nebr.; Fort Wood, N. Y.; Fortress Monroe, Va.; Fort St. Michael, Alaska; Fort Valdez, Alaska.
137. Bureau of Navigation, Department of Commerce, Washington, D. C.
138. Řadío inspectors, at their offices and elsewhere, by special arrangement.
139. Additional opportunities for taking the examination will be afforded as may be deemed necessary, and these special dates and places may be ascertained by communication with the Commissioner of Navigation, or nearest radio inspector.
140. All licenses, when awarded, will be delivered through the officer who conducted the examination.
141. Examinations for the commercial extra first-grade toExaminat lones licenses will be held at the following offices only by ap-grade licenses. pointment.
142. Commandants, navy yards: Boston, Mass.; Brooklyn, N. Y.; Philadelphia, Pa.
143. United States radio inspectors, customhouses: New Orleans, La.; San Francisco, Cal.; Seattle, Wash.; Cleveland, Ohio; Chicago, IL.
144. Commissioner of Navigation, Department of Commerce, Washington, D. C.
145. In special cases, upon application to the Commissioner of Navigation, arrangements may be made for examinations at other points.
APPLICATIONS FOR EXAMINATIONS FOR RADIO
Applications. 146. An operator's license may be granted to any per
son without regard to sex, nationality, or age if the applicant can fulfill the requirements for the class of license desired.
147. Applicants for licenses should communicate in writing with the commandants, commanding officers, or officers in charge, at navy yards and Army posts, with the Commissioner of Navigation, or radio inspectors, in order to fix the date when they can be examined. (See
pars. 134-145.) Special exami
148. Commercial licenses can only be obtained by personal examination. Where applicants are at remote points or can not proceed to examining offices, efforts will be made to examine them through radio inspectors when they are in that vicinity, but special trips can not be made for that purpose.
149. Amateurs should write to the nearest examining plications.
officer in their vicinity (see pars. 134–145) for Form 756 (application for operator's license) and to the radio inspector in their vicinity for Form 757 (application for license for land station). If the application for operator's license is also made to the radio inspector, both applicacions should be forwarded in the same envelope.
150. Amateur operators at points remote from examining officers and radio inspectors may be issued secondgrade amateur licenses without personal examination. Examinations for first-grade licenses will be given by the radio inspector when he is in that vicinity, but special trips can not be made for this purpose. (See par. 123.)
151. Persons holding radio operators' licenses, amateur second grade, should make every effort to appear at one of the examination points to take the examination for amateur first-grade license or higher.
152. Persons holding radio operators' licenses of any grade should, before their licenses expire, apply to the nearest radio inspector or examining officer for renewal and submit Form 756 in duplicate.
153. Radio operators of the commercial or cargo grades whose licenses show on the service records satisfactory service for three months out of the last six months of the license term may be issued new licenses without reexamination. Other operators who submit satisfactory evidence to the examining officer, showing actual operations of radio apparatus for three months during
the last six months of the license term, may be issued new licenses without reexamination. All others will be reexamined in the usual manner.
154. Whether or not a new license is issued, the radio inspector or examining officer will forward one copy of Form 756, properly completed, to the Commissioner of Navigation, Department of Commerce. If a new license is not issued, the reason therefor will be stated on the back of the form.
155. Any operator applying for a duplicate license to Duplicate replace an original which has been lost, mutilated, or destroyed will be required to submit an affidavit to the Bureau of Navigation through the radio inspector or examining officer who issued the original, attesting the facts regarding the manner in which the original was lost. The Commissioner of Navigation will consider the facts in the case and advise the radio inspector in regard to the issue of a duplicate license. A duplicate license will be issued under the same serial number as the original and will be marked “Duplicate" in red across the face.
156. Operators' licenses are not valid until the oath Oath for the preservation of the secrecy of messages is properly executed before a notary public or other officer duly authorized to administer oaths. Licenses must indicate on their faces that the oath has been taken and the officer administering the oath on the back of the license should sign also in the blank provided on the face.
157. Operators' licenses should be framed and posted cePosting of li. in the radio room, and licenses for stations should be accessible at all times to inspectors.
158. Under the supervision of a licensed operator an Apprentices. apprentice or unlicensed person may learn the art by the actual use of the apparatus, but the licensed operator who fails to enforce obedience to the regulations by the apprentice or unlicensed person serving under his supervision is liable to penalties as if he had himself violated the regulations.
159. An individual record is kept in the Bureau of Navi- Operators' gation, Department of Commerce, at Washington, of each licensed operator. Each operator's examination papers and all reports in regard to interference or violations of the radio laws and regulations are filed for reference.
160. Radio operators holding licenses of any grade or Surrender of I} class and applying for examination for any other grade or class must submit to the examining officer Form 756, in duplicate. If a new license is issued the license held by the applicant must be surrendered.
161. Radio operators who pass the examination for a higher grade license are required to surrender their existing licenses, which will be forwarded to the Commissioner of Navigation with the other papers.
162. Operators desiring to retain their expired or canceled licenses may make application therefor to the Commissioner of Navigation.
ADMINISTRATION AND ADMINISTRATIVE DISTRICTS
163. The Department has established, for the purpose
164. Communications for radio inspectors should be
165. Communications for the Bureau of Navigation
166. 1. BOSTON, MASS: Maine, New Hampshire, Ver-
2. NEW YORK, N. Y.: New York (county of New
3. BALTIMORE, MD.: New Jersey (all counties not
4. SAVANNAH, GA.: North Carolina, South Caro-
5. NEW ORLEANS, LA.: Alabama, Mississippi,
6. SAN FRANCISCO, CAL.: California, Hawaii, Ne-
7. SEATTLE, WASH.: Oregon, Washington, Alaska
8. CLEVELAND, OHIO.: New York (all counties
9. CHICAGO, ILL.: Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin,
REPORTING OF VIOLATIONS.
167. The regulations established by law, or by the Inspectors' au
168. The service regulations of the radiotelegraphic
169. A radio inspector is authorized in exceptional intenspostars tracta cases to act outside of his district for the convenience of districts. commerce. In such cases he will communicate before or after acting with the inspector in whose district he has acted. Radio inspectors are authorized to communicate directly with collectors of customs and to cooperate with them in the enforcement of the law.
170. Violations of the laws and regulations will be re- Violations ported to the chief customs officer of the district in which the offense occurs, who will report the case to the Secretary of Commerce (Bureau of Navigation), according to the procedure followed in violations of the navigation laws. Misdemeanors will be reported to the United States district attorney in the usual manner.
171. Collectors of customs and radio inspectors are enjoined that the reports required by paragraph 170 must be precise statements of the facts as the basis for possible proceedings by the United States attorney;
172. Violations by the master of a vessel of the United States of the provisions of the second paragraph of section 1 of the ship act will be reported to the collector of customs directly, and the usual procedure in cases of fines and penalties will be followed.
INSPECTION OF SHIP STATIONS.
173. The radio inspectors and customs officers, as far as Inspection ho practicable, shall visit steamers subject to the act before they leave port and ascertain if they are equipped with the apparatus in charge of the operators prescribed by law and regulation.
174. When the radio apparatus is certified as complying Foreign vessels, with the requirements of law by the competent authorities of a foreign Government, such certificate will be recognized by this Department, but the radio inspector or customs officer may, if he deem it necessary or desirable, satisfy himself that the apparatus is in good working order.