FCC fees for amateur radio - updates on implementation

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

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  1. DO1FER

    DO1FER Ham Member QRZ Page

    The German exams are not really easy too. But we have only two grades. So that everyone is minimum on a level of to be a General Operator. But to reach the next and last step, there are only 20 more questions to answer. Here something more about diods, block diagramms and so on. I cant say thats simple to reach but with a bit more time its no mission impossible.
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  2. M1WML

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  3. SM0AOM

    SM0AOM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I was part of the working party that studied the exam levels in various countries about 10 years ago, and the question pools for the German "Klasse A" exams covered 100% of the HAREC syllabus.

    This is where the exam level really should be, not the measly 15-20% that some countries claimed to be HAREC...

    "Quality before quantity"

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  4. WB4YAL

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    Because they make MILLIONS auctioning off spectrum to cell phone and commercial carriers.
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  5. AB3QD

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    I am not sure about the details of the fees but I think an exemption for the young would be a good thing. Also a commitment by the FCC to actually enforce the rules for all services would be nice. The ever increasing noise floor is the elephant in the room that the FCC is ignoring. Along with generally poor technical practices of many commercial and public safety radio systems.
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  6. AB3QD

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  7. WD0DMO

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    You can pay more now if you want to. Just break out your checkbook pic an amount, writhe the check and send it to them. But do not pretend you speak for me because you do not. I already pay enough taxes to support agencies I do not want including the FCC.
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  8. KD5BVX

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    It sounds nice to pretend that not having the FCC would be a wonderful world but the reality is it wouldn't - without an agency like the FCC regulating the spectrum, it would be a free-for-all and bands would be useless for anything. Public safety radios would experience interference. Cell phones would struggle, TV stations would have issues, broadcast AM and FM radio would, and in the professional audio world the wireless mics and IEMs used in auditoriums, stadiums, churches, and the like would be hard to use because there weren't sections of spectrum that were specified for certain services, leading to interference and such from unregulated spectrum. Not to mention wifi, etc. Is the FCC perfect? Absolutely not. They're a government agency. But, as these common sense examples show, they are pretty much a necessity nonetheless. I would hate to try to function without them. $35 is a very small price to pay for the privilege of enjoying a hobby, especially compared to the cost of most home stations...
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  9. K9CTB

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    I hope this doesn't qualify as "whining and crying", but if improved enforcement comes of the revenue generated by amateur license fees, then I'm all in. I can deal with the Medicare Nets on 75 meter phone ... I can even deal with the barrage of sound-card modes (a new one every week, it seems) where the only information exchanged is a 5 and 9 regardless the actual signal strength ... but the 4-letter language and the music broadcasting (on 2 meters) and the lack of proper, if any IDs pretty much everywhere else, well, I'd like to see that curbed a bit. I remember when there was a healthy combination of fear and respect among amateurs for the Engineer-In-Charge at the local FCC field office ... I'd like to get back to that if possible. Ahhh ... cart before the horse, I guess ..... we really need more FCC field offices first ....
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  10. KF0DHQ

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    That's dumb! the last thing we need is the tyranny field office down the block! The HAM radio service needs No FCC to enforce anything! The Dang Government should Butt-Out of the radio Tyranny of empty threats and focus on the military like what there supposed to do !
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