FCC proposes new filing fee structure, new fees for ham radio

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KU3N, Aug 27, 2020.

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  1. KI4POT

    KI4POT Ham Member QRZ Page

    Starbucks is merely a convenient example. The point being, if amateur radio is a priority and $50 every decade is a bridge too far, then maybe reduce consumption elsewhere to offset the fee. Also, people spending hundreds or thousands in equipment bitching about $5/year is sadly amusing.

    KR3DX, K2WPM, K0PV and 9 others like this.
  2. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    Has it been about numbers all along? The quantity versus quality issue. The amount of operating would be about the same it's the inflated numbers that would take a hit.

    I'm not into proposing violations of the rules and regulations as some seem happy to promote. Might that have to do with some of them having operated in an often lawless radio operating environment?
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  3. N0TZU

    N0TZU Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    So every ten years we would pay $50 to renew - that’s $5 a year and in line with 1970s fees in real dollars as N2EY points out. That’s peanuts!

    If WE who use the service aren’t willing to pay $5 a year for it, then what will everyone else think it’s worth? Zero.

    If we don’t pay for what it costs the FCC to perform the routine administration of our service, then they will be even less interested in making any regulation changes for us, and certainly won’t be eager to improve costly services such as enforcement. I would gladly pay $50 a year if it would buy better enforcement.

    Like it or not, fee for service is the way of the world and much of government now. We need to be paying customers. Otherwise the FCC and the communications industry will have one more reason to view hams as a bunch of freeloaders who aren’t using the frequencies allocated to them and aren’t helping to train people with technical skills for society - when they think of us at all.
    KD2SHN, KR3DX, K2WPM and 10 others like this.
  4. K9GLS

    K9GLS Guest

    I remember when cable used to be $12 a month so... $5 a year for a renewal, I can do that. "PROPOSES" is the key word. Carry on.
  5. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Even with inflation adjustment, the comparison does not apply--for young people in general.

    There is no Novice (free back then), and they want to charge $50 for a a Tech .

    If I had a young person at home now, I would debate whether I, as a parent, should cough up $50 bucks to start.

    Let's say that young person wanted a guitar for example. If they crashed on that aspiration, the guitar could be put on EBay and most of the cost recovered.

    If it costs $50 to 'try out ham radio', that's a sunk cost at an undefined risk.
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  6. K8MGA

    K8MGA Ham Member QRZ Page

    Agree, it was found illegal each time they try this. So. accept the gratuity and leave well enough alone. Been a ham for over 50 years and still have not accepted the unfairness of the ever famous alleged incentive licensing by not grandfathering in the Advanced Class??? It would be better off to quit tampering with the hobby with licensing changes. As Mark Twain said, "If it works don't fix it !"
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  7. K3RLD

    K3RLD Ham Member QRZ Page

    Does anybody actually oppose a $50 fee on vanity calls?
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  8. M6ENP

    M6ENP Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    from my point
    of view as a UK operator when i gained my full license i was entitled to a M0 callsign free of charge, but i had the option @ that time to apply for a previously unissued short callsign, as ofcom (the licensing body) were selling off previously unissued callsigns, after much to and froing ,mainly due to the body who administer the licenses on behalf of OFCOM, for the grand sum of £20 about $26:43 at todays rate i received my callsign of G2KS ,for which i have to validate online once every 5 years at no cost, and i was also issued when i got my full license a HAREC certificate , bonus i was more than happy to pay my£20 for my call as it reads Give 2 Kevins Station, or as my friend in Slovenia (Andreja S56B) puts it G2 Kevin Smurf, but to be honest $50 is a bit steep even for a short callsign, ho hum maybee the FCC are going to use the money raised to help with broadband provisions of over 500 mbps :)
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  9. KA1YBS

    KA1YBS XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    What "Administration"? The President of the USA or the Chairman of the FCC?

    Appointed by President Obama, the current chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai was influential in putting the dagger into Net Neutrality. Ajit, also under Obama eliminated the CATV free choice bill, which was pro-consumer...

    Now he's spearheading a new "tax" on Radio Amateurs.

    Liberals really forget where they came from, don't they...

    K0PV, KG6NTE, KG7HVR and 2 others like this.
  10. NN4RH

    NN4RH Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I see that the fee schedule has a $50 fee for "modification", in addition to new licenses. So, if upgrading is considered a "modification" (and at least it's listed as "modification" in ULS when you upgrade) you're actually in for $150 to get to Extra. Not clear what happens if you pass all three classes in one session.

    Address change? That also is a "modification". There's another $50, each time you move.
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