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ARLB009 FCC Seeks Higher Vanity Call Sign Fee

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  • Hank Greeb
    Seems a waste of time and money for FCC to have to put out a NPRM for a proposed 80 cents increase in a vanity call fee, but, that s our congress at work.
    Message 1 of 1 , May 7, 2012
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      Seems a waste of time and money for FCC to have to put out a NPRM for a
      proposed 80 cents increase in a vanity call fee, but, that's our
      congress at work.

      Anyway, if you're a vanity call holder, you may wish to send your
      comments to ARRL and/or the FCC. Instructions are in the bulletin
      quoted below.

      Note, if the url for the FCC below gets truncated by your e-mail
      program, try
      http://tinyurl.com/85vmpoj

      72/73 de n8xx Hg

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      ZCZC AG09
      QST de W1AW
      ARRL Bulletin 9 ARLB009
      From ARRL Headquarters
      Newington CT May 7, 2012
      To all radio amateurs

      SB QST ARL ARLB009
      ARLB009 FCC Seeks Higher Vanity Call Sign Fee

      The FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on May 4,
      seeking to raise the fee for Amateur Radio vanity call signs. The NPRM
      can be found in PDF format on the web at,
      <http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2012/db0504/FCC-12-48A1.pdf>http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2012/db0504/FCC-12-48A1.pdf.

      Currently, a vanity call sign costs $14.20 and is good for 10 years; the
      new fee, if the FCC plan goes through, will go up to $15 for 10 years,
      an increase of 80 cents. The FCC is authorized by the Communications Act
      of 1934 (as amended) to collect vanity call sign fees to recover the
      costs associated with that program.

      The vanity call sign fee has fluctuated over the 14 years of the current
      program -- from a low of $11.70 in 2007 to a high of $70 (as first
      proposed in the FCC's 1994 Report and Order). The FCC said it
      anticipates some 14,300 Amateur Radio vanity call sign "payment units,"
      or applications, during the next fiscal year, collecting 214,500 dollars
      in fees from the program.

      The vanity call sign regulatory fee is payable not only when applying
      for a new vanity call sign, but also upon renewing a vanity call sign
      for a new term. The first vanity call sign licenses issued under the
      current Amateur Radio vanity call sign program that began in 1996 came
      up for renewal six years ago.

      Those holding vanity call signs issued prior to 1993 are exempt from
      having to pay the vanity call sign regulatory fee at renewal, as
      Congress did not authorize the FCC to collect regulatory fees until
      1996. Such "heritage" vanity call sign holders do not appear as vanity
      licensees in the FCC Amateur Radio database.

      Amateur Radio licensees may file for renewal only within 90 days of
      their license expiration date. All radio amateurs must have an FCC
      Registration Number (FRN) before filing any application with the
      Commission. Applicants can obtain an FRN by going to the ULS web site
      at,
      <http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/index.htm?job=home>http://wireless.fcc.gov/uls/index.htm?job=home
      and clicking on the "New Users Register" link. You must supply your
      Social Security Number to obtain an FRN.
      NNNN
      /EX

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