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FCC fees for amateur radio - updates on implementation

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by N2RJ, Jul 9, 2021.

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  1. KU4X

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    Hi Jim,

    The only way I can think of to do that would be to get a vanity call, resulting in a new, 10-year term, then reapplying for the old call using the previous holder rule.
    (Just another version of the Vanity Call Two-Step.)

    Do you know of another way to go about it while outside the 90-day window?

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  2. W4CDO

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    My license expired on September 20, 2021. I renewed it on June 21, just missed the fee. I used the FCC online site and my license was renewed within 24 hours. Read the online form very carefully, it was very legalese.

    Jerry W4CDO
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  3. N2EY

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    Ding ding!!

    That's exactly the method!

    I wonder if anyone has done it....

    73 de Jim, N2EY
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  4. KL2WX

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    Men with $3,000 radios don't want to pay the government $3.50/year for a license. Don't ask what I pay in licenses every year just to shoot animals...
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  5. AD5NM

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    I remember when license fee was $20 every 4 years and every upgrade and we had to test at a field office. I'm not going to complain about a $35 fee that would be over $100 with inflation. At least my GMRS fee was reduced to $35 from $75. A pretty fair trade-off in my personal opinion. Hopefully it will bring about some much needed enforcement.
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  6. N3IOE

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    This is like a TV rerun. We seen the show. We know the ending. Do we really need the same people to rehash this subject over and over again?
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  7. WN1MB

    WN1MB Ham Member QRZ Page're a time traveler. Somebody call Art Bell. No, wait...never mind.
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  8. K5TUE

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    I remember when even a CB license cost money. Quitcherbellyachin. If those who dont want to pay to play, then don't. Just let your license expire and you wont have to pay anything. Problem solved.
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  9. DO1FER

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    Here in Germany we have the fee for a long time ago and until now. It always changed the amount in cause of the budget which had to be used in the past. The service of the BNetzA (German FCC) isnt for less. So the BNetzA is always there, when there is a RF interference at the hamradio bands or maybe a standing intruder . So these equipment against the disturbances costs much money. At next the BNetzA got always a look on imported goods, which could cause any interference to stop them before its too late. At last they do a good job in the administration of the hamradio users or at next the announced antennas which are are above the PEP of 10W EIRP. Surely there are more important things they do, but all this isnt for less. So the fee should be ok in the US too, when the FCC do the same.
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  10. SM0AOM

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    The German regulator BNetzA is one of the last remaining to take amateur radio somewhat seriously.

    In contrast to other countries, a quite substantial yearly fee is charged, but in return there is some legal recognition, and active enforcement of interference cases.

    Further, the exams are hard, which weeds out the "dead-wood".

    When the amateur radio exam levels with respect to the HAREC syllabus were evaluated 10 years ago, the German exams came out on top.

    Myself, I would very much like to see the German approach used in more countries.

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