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ARRL Proposes FCC Waive Amateur Radio Fees

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K5XS, Nov 19, 2020.

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  1. NI4Y

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  2. KC1MRZ

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    I'm a new ham, been one for about 9 months at this point, and I sent my comments in to the FCC. It was very easy to do. I was wishy washy about getting into this hobby last year and if there had been a $50 fee I'd have been less likely to bother. I invested considerable money in the books and considerable time in studying, add in another cost and I may not have bothered. We need more people in this hobby, and putting up a pay wall will discourage it. We need better people in the FCC, the current head is a telecom industry shill.
     
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  3. K8JHR

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    THE ARRL SAYS THE FEE IS MANDATED by Federal law. Therefore, the FCC must charge it, whether it or we like it or not. Considering the FCC stopped hams certain fees in the past, I rather doubt the FCC is any more favor of this than we are! But the ARRL is merely grandstanding and tilting at windmills, merely appearing to be working for us. Colossal waste of time. K8JHR
     
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  4. N4FZ

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    I will gladly pay the $50 fee, but only if it is spent on ENFORCEMENT of Part 97 rules. The FEE would also reduce Call sign hoarding, and perhaps the ranks of some of the fowl mouthed abusers of our Amateur frequencies. Our Hobby is a privilege, not a right. Carry on.
     
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  5. WJ4U

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    Sigh, folks read a headline and react. Please read the details!

    There will be No Benefit to amateur radio, there will be No More Enforcement of our spectrum. Indeed there is No Logic behind this fee other than getting money from an untapped reservoir.
     
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  6. KT6KT

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    ARRL goals:
    Sell memberships
    Sell technical documents
     
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  7. K9GLS

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    A bit of perspective from a 2019 post:
    In 1933, the FRC (predecessor of the FCC) proposed a fee of $5 ($100.17 in 2019 dollars) for amateur operator licenses. In those days operator license terms were 3 years. This proposal was strongly opposed and was not enacted.

    In 1954, the FCC proposed a fee of $3 ($28.93 in 2019 dollars) for amateur licenses. In those days, and until the early 1980s, license terms were 5 years. This proposal was strongly opposed and was not enacted.

    In the early 1960s the FCC again proposed fees for amateur licenses, and this time the proposal was enacted despite the opposition. The original effective date of January 1, 1964 was delayed a few months by a legal challenge, but by mid-March, 1964 the following fees were enacted:

    New or renewed license: $4 ($33.45 in 2019 dollars)
    Modified license: $2 ($16.72)
    Special callsign: $20 ($167.25)

    Novice and RACES licenses remained free.

    Effective August 1, 1970, the FCC raised the above fees for amateur licenses to the following:

    New or renewed license: $9 ($60.09 in 2019 dollars)
    Modified license: $4 ($26.71)
    Special callsign: $25 ($166.92)

    Novice and RACES licenses remained free.

    Effective March 1, 1975, the FCC lowered the above fees for amateur licenses to the following:

    New or renewed license: $4 ($19.27 in 2019 dollars)
    Modified license: $3 ($14.46)
    Duplicate license: $2 ($9.64)
    Special callsign: $25 ($120.46)

    Novice and RACES licenses remained free.

    Finally, effective January 1, 1977, FCC dropped all fees for amateur licenses. From then until now, all US amateur licenses have been free.

    Carry on.
     
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  8. N9AMI

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    HA.. gotta laugh ARRL. Why not just stop testing also. Its all about ARRL getting more potential money if there are no fee's. There should be fees and the fee should be 100 bucks every 10 years. The bands have been dumped on by to many cber's and people who just can't pass a code test because lets face it you're to lazy.
     
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  9. N3FAA

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    We account for 40% of all ULS activity, and approximately 73% of the personal radio service actions. Yet we don't pay a dime.

    What's wrong with paying our fair share? We have been freeloading for a very long time. I'm certainly no fan of higher taxes, higher fees, etc. Nobody wants that. If things remain free for amateur radio, fantastic. But at the end of the day, why are we really complaining about this? Because 4% of us volunteered our time with emergency services organizations? Get out of here with that!
     
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  10. K7JEM

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    The only fees allowed to be charged are application fees. Regulatory fees pay for the ULS and most other stuff at the FCC, like enforcement. But hams have always been exempt from regulatory fees. Are you suggesting that the exemption should end, and that we should pay perhaps thousands of dollars each year in regulatory fees? Application fees are supposed to cover the cost of processing the application, which may be around $5 or so. I don't think anyone would have a problem paying a true application fee, actually based on the cost of processing the application. The heavy lifting was done previous to the FCC ever getting the application, they are mostly a rubber stamp.
     
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