FCC Seeks Higher Vanity Call Fee

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  1. KJ4VTH

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    The FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking looking to raise the fee for Amateur Radio vanity call signs. Currently a vanity call sign costs $14.20 and is good for 10 years. The new fee, if approved, will be $15 for 10 years. The FCC is authorized by the Communications Act of 1934 to collect vanity call sign fees to recover the costs associated with that program.
  2. NA7U

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    80 cents more?? Is that all, or is there a typo above? I'd say they should double it and put it towards enforcement of FCC regulations on the bands. We miss you Riley Hollingsworth! :)
  3. WA6TKD

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    I would think such a small increase would lose money for the FCC in all the effort to change and document updates, etc. Make it $20.
  4. KC0W

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    I'm absolutely livid regarding this cost increase. When will the madness stop? :mad: :mad:

    Tom KC├śW
  5. KN4X

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    The only thing that they do now that is not 100% automated is cancel a call at the request of someone due to the person being a SK. The system is just a bunch of servers humming along, with us feeding it address changes, renewals, etc, etc. Even the Vanity call system (lottery) is 100% automated. I guess the power bill has increased.
  6. K4KYV

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    Although I have no interest in a vanity call myself, I could see charging the fee for the initial vanity callsign. Even $20 is practically insignificant these days, especially considering the near-negligible buying power of the 2012 dollarette. But what I have a problem with is that they continue charging the fee at each renewal. Once the vanity callsign is in the data base, it costs them no more to renew that one than it would have to renew the old sequential call. It probably costs more to cancel the vanity and issue another sequential call upon non-payment of the fee than to simply renew the vanity one. Realistically, $20 every 10 years isn't enough to gripe about, but because of the fee, the holder of a vanity call can't conveniently with a few mouse clicks renew on line, but must go through all the procedure of filling in the form, and then sending the money in, making renewal a lot more hassle. They should just increase the initial fee, and make it a one-time deal. $100 or more wouldn't be unreasonable for a lifetime vanity call sign, and a substantial fee would discourage abuse of the system, such as the bogus "club" callsign holders who hog up a half dozen 1X2s.

    I recall back in the 60s, an Extra Class 1X2 cost $20, and I never heard complaints that it was unreasonable. What would be the equivalent of that in to-day's dollarettes?
  7. VK3VO

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    In Australia the ANNUAL fee for a ham licence is $66. Evidently this is an administration fee of $23 plus $43 of tax!
  8. NN5AA

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    $ 25 every 5 years. Flat charge for all license classes. Use the additional income to add field enforcement people. Require that they be licensed Amateurs themselves. Keep the K1MAN's and others of its' ilk off the airwaves. I'm sure this post will not be agreeable to everyone.
    42 cents a month should not be a problem for anyone's financial ability.
  9. K7BRY

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    I have got to believe that it would cost more to publish the change, take public comment on the change, and whatever else they have to do to change the rules; than the 80 cents times the number of vanity calls would bring in. Not that I'm anxious to see fees ever go up, but we really are talking about relatively insignificant numbers here.
  10. K5CO

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    NO........not the increase in the cost of power (that will be soon as coal gets knocked out completely). The government has been printing money like wildfire and the only reason the increase is so small is that the bureaucrats are completely incompetent and don't know how to calculate the change.
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