Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KU3N, Aug 27, 2020.
Why is it that people that want to control where anyone spends their money, always ASSume Starbucks coffee is being purchased? My license expires in 8 more years I think...so if I start saving up now....welcome to no fee pirate radio.
In many of our cases, our next renewal will probably be a lifetime renewal, LOL.
What it will do is reduce the number of inactive licenses on the books. Which may be hundreds of thousands. People who are really not that interested in the first place just won't get licenses, and people who are inactive won't just rotely renew for the heck of it. 20 years from now, there could be hundreds of thousands fewer licenses on the books than there are now.
Hey man for $29 you can buy a dual band radio from China....who needs a license.
By then the ARRL membership will be $2499.95
...and like the GROL and GMDSS licenses from FCC? I think my GMDSS license actually has "lifetime" stamped on it somewhere...
I think the problem with lifetime AR licenses is that the station license is combined with the operator license, and the station license contains the call.
They could certainly find a way to break that up so that the call isn't permanently attached to the lifetime license, and then we could have lifetime licenses, I suppose?
If we just dropped the vanity system, it would become trivially easy to have lifetime AR licenses in the US. Everybody gets a systematic call that they can keep for life. If you don't like your call, you can roll the dice for a new systematic call, and then that one becomes your "permanent" call sign.
I urge all to go and make your comments known during this Notice of Proposed Rulemaking time frame.
Yeah...when the FCC sees we really only have 320,000 active hams (proving they are active by sending in the $50) it'll be easier for them to just sell the spectrum and be done with it.
Yes. Callsign churning will get expensive!