At the WorldRadiocommunicationConference (WRC-03), held in the Summer of 2003, this requirement was made optional leaving it up to individual nations to decide whether or not Morse testing should be required.
Recent examples include the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in Manhattan, the 2003 North America flout and Hurricane Katrina in September, 2005, where amateur radio was used to coordinate disaster relief activities when other systems failed.
DXCC is the most popular awards programme, with the entry level requiring amateurs to contact 100 of the (as of 2005) 335 recognized countries and territories in the world, which leads on to a series of operating challenges of increasing difficulty.
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