FCC Proposes Eliminating Paper License Renewals by Surface Mail

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K5UJ, Sep 10, 2019.

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  1. WD8ED

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    I just moved and did a change of address and a vanity change from a 4 to an 8 (Otherwise the same Callsign). Change of address was approved in 2 days. The vanity change was less than two weeks. Nothing wrong with the electronic methods.

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  2. KE6K

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    As one of the "real old-farts", I think some consideration has to be given those who cannot use a computer for whatever reason. I can't do many of the things I used to do, and hams are not as helpful to other hams as they once were. My antenna went down and it took over a year to get someone to help me fix it; and it was non -hams who did it.
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  3. WY7BG

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    That reckless, heartless, and non-politically correct loose cannon WY7BG is an "old fart." ;)
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  4. WD8BPQ

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    Surely nice to be able to hang that paper Amateur Radio license up on the wall of the Ham Shack in a picture frame. Guess FCC and ARRL are very lazy these days and money hungry !
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  5. N1ZZZ

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    It wouldn't be that hard. The USCG allows for Mariners to use a website that produces a PDF with some, or all, of our endorsements that look a lot like the old school licenses they used to issue.

    73 Jeremy N1ZZZ
  6. WD4IGX

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    I didn't know you could even still do it by paper mail.

    How quaint.
  7. K5UJ

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    That was proposed by someone a couple of years ago and a docket number was assigned and comments accepted on the FCC's ECFS. There are a number of problems with lifetime licenses that have nothing to do with technology. One I recall was if licenses are good for life, they never come up for review at renewal time since there's no renewal time. This makes it even harder to take a problem licensee off the air. There were enough negative comments that the proposal was shot down. I think they should go back to expiring licenses after 5 years.
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  8. KI5AIU

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    I'm guessing "OF" is the non sexist version of "OM". Not sure I'd like either term. I do have a name (or a call sign if you prefer). Either are acceptable.

    73, Don
  9. K5CKS

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    Progress is impeded only by the status quo.
  10. W5LZ

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    Don - Sorry you are offended by the term 'old fart'. I'm not particularly offended when I'm called that, it depends entirely on how it's used and by who is using it. You can turn any name/title into an insult if you want to. The respectful title of 'sir' can be very insulting, just depends on how it's used and by who (whom?) and also depends on where you are from. The cultural background of the people involved is a factor. Cross culture, cross languages can also be a really big problem. 'Nick-names' for example. In some cultures/societies an insult is a term of endearment. The 'down-n-dirty' fact is to make sure you've been insulted before being insulted. Friends can use insulting 'names' when the same name from a total stranger can result in black-eyes...
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