Japan will drop Morsecode proficiency test from Amateur Radio exam completely

Japan will drop Morsecode proficiency test for Amateur Radio completely

On Nov. 22, 2010, Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and
Communications (MIC) announced a request for Public Comment
concerinig drop of Morsecode proficiency test in the amateur
radio license exam.
The Morsecode proficiency test for amateur radio has been relaxed as follows;

In 1996, Japanese Morsecode was dropped from 1st Class requirements.

In 2005, Reqiured Speed dropped to 25cpm both for 1st (ex. 60cpm) and
for 2nd Class (ex. 45cpm), and Test deleted for 3rd Class (ex.25cpm).

And this time, All proficiency test will be deleted.

MIC will accept public comments until end of Dec, 2010, then
it may take another few months to be finalized and become offical.
(guess it'll be around spring in 2011)


Mystery Tour

On Nov. 19 and 20, I have attended a mystery tour that my wife and daughter applied a month ago.
The attraction of the tour is that distinations are kept secret until the day of the travel.
The starting place was Shinjuku at 7AM. We got up 5AM to get Shinjuku station on time.
From Shinjuku, we got a bus with 45 other participants.
The bus ran Tomei Express way towards west.
The WX was perfect clear and we enjoyed beautiful view of Mt.Fuji.

At Toyokawa, Aichi-prefecture the bus got off the Tomei Express way then heading north. This is a nice looking brifge called Harp Bridge in Toyokawa.

Around noon, We arrived the first distination.
That was Kourankei 香嵐渓 a famous fall color viewing spot in Tokai district.
The maple leaves are the best of their fall color in this season.

After that, we moved to Kahiko-jima island 賢島 in Shima-city. 志摩市
The hotel we stayed was not so new but the room has ocean view windows and the meals have served to the room. (In this kind of economy class tour, meals are usually served at a restaurant or a buffet style, not served to individual room)

Sun rise view from hotel room.

Morning radio with KX1 and fishing-rod wire antenna.
I could hear many dx sations but no QSO unfortunately.
I hoped to check in the A1 Club On Air Meeting (OAM) from 7AM Saturday Morrinig on 40m band.
But, I cloud not hear the signal from the Key station JP1BJB, Aki this time.
As the but will start on 8AM, I regrettably shut down my portable station before checking in the OAM.

The 2nd destination was, Ise Shrine in Ise-city.

Ordinary people cannot enter the main building of the Ise Shrine.
We can see the main shrine only from very far place.
Only the emperor can get into the main building.
This is Japanese tradition since 1300 years ago.
And amazingly this building had been completely re-building evry 20 years.
It cost about 50bilion Japanese Yen now.
This kind of ceremony had been continued since 1300 years ago.
I thought this is the origin of Japanese Public Works 公共事業.
Many people could get their job for this kind of ceremony.
So it had a good reason to do such a wasting works every 20 eyars.

The last place we visited was Okuni-Shrine in Fukuroi-city, Shizuoka-pref.

It was another nice place to see red maple leaves.

It was a quiet shrine.

My daughter, Yoko picked a Omikuji or a fortune slip, which predicted good fortune "Kichi" for her. I hope it must be true.


Shorinji Kenpo

My son joined a Shorinji Kenpo club in the university.
On Oct. 23 I and XYL visited his univ to see autumn festival of the univ.
That was his first experience to join a soprts club in his life.
He did very well than we thought.


Fall color in Yamanakako

Today was Japanese national holday, I visited Yamanakako Lake with wife and daughter to see fall colors.

The WX was very nice and We could see Mt.Fuji very well.

Beautiful red Japanese maple "kaede" or "momiji" leaves!

Yoko & Kyoko looks happy :-)

We love Mt.Fuji