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Several electricians here were hired partly because they had amateur radio licenses and one of them had a 'First Class Radiotelephone' license. It'd be nice to get that credential but it's no longer offered so what takes it's place?

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    $\begingroup$ I hope I'm deciphering the small image correctly, but this question is about the situation in the US; right? Added that tag. $\endgroup$ Aug 19, 2022 at 19:12

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The First Class and Second Class Radiotelephone Operator Licenses were replaced by the General Radiotelephone Operator License (GROL) between 1981 and 1984. The GROL is nearer to the Second Class license than the First Class in the material that the exam covers.

Up until the 1970s, such a license was required to operate or perform maintenance on most kinds of broadcast radio stations or two-way base stations, but those requirements were progressively dropped, and today's GROL is only required for certain marine and aircraft radios. So there are fewer people with a reason to get it as compared to the old "first phone".

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