fee for renewing a "Vanity call"?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by N9AER, Apr 10, 2018.

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  1. W4NNF

    W4NNF XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Yes, no charge at all. The only trouble I've ever had with the ULS was when I couldn't find my freaking FRN number. Luckily I had recorded it and stashed it away, and after a bit of cussing located it. :)
  2. AB3TQ

    AB3TQ Subscriber QRZ Page

    The question asked was about renewals. But you want to discuss applications. OK. The "forever" timeline is actually as short as 18 days, and 21 days at the outside. And the exact processing date will not be a mystery. It will be well defined (unless a technical glitch or government shutdown gums up the process).

    Much of the reasons for that amount of processing time has gone away (sending a fee by snail mail was the big one). Since that fee has been eliminated, I have noticed some discussion hoping to see the FCC reduce their processing time. I am not holding my breath waiting for the FCC to do anything. Perhaps some day the processing time might get reduced, but I suspect there are still a very small percentage of snail mail postmarked applications sent in. How much time should they allow for that? And how much do you trust the Post Office to deliver an important letter quickly? I trust them as far as I can throw a cotton ball without a tailwind.
  3. W4NNF

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    It naturally takes some time to process a vanity call request.

    License renewals? I was freaking amazed how quick that was when I used ULS. Heck, I requested a snail mail paper copy the last time I renewed, and they had it to my mailbox in two days!
  4. W9BFZ

    W9BFZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    The post I responded to (and quoted) asked about "vanity call fees" so I'm not sure why your panties are in a bunch about me answering that question.

    Regarding how long it takes to process, I simply stated that it "seemed like forever." I admit that part of that is my own frustration in being stuck waiting for what could and should be a simple automated process. I understand that for hotly contested groups like 2X1 or 1X2, that isn't really as workable. But for a call with no competition, it would take a competent programmer less than an afternoon to write the script to speed the process up.

    Snail mail? I thought that was reserved for birthday cards, bills, and junk mail. Keep up with the times, or be left behind.
  5. N2SUB

    N2SUB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    You number is:
    FCC Record # 3793076

    Go to the details section of your QRZ page....there's even a button to take you directly to the ULS website. ;)
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  6. KS2G

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    That FCC record number can be used by anyone to find and view a record.
    (Which also can be found and viewed by call sign)

    But it's an FCC Registration Number (FRN) --issued to the licensee and not publicly available-- that's required for transactions.
  7. W4NNF

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    Yep. That FRN's your PIN number for lack of a better term...and that's why I was so exercised when I thought I'd lost mine (you can recover it, of course). :)
  8. K7JEM

    K7JEM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Your FRN number is 0007829948.

    It is shown on the ULS and on your license. Anyone can see it.
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  9. KS2G

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    My bad. You're correct; the FRN is shown in the ULS and on license forms.
    (I was looking at the File Number that appears --more prominently-- on the form.)

    But you need the PASSWORD that goes with the FRN to do transactions.
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  10. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    That's funny, MY "FRN" is right on my license! I didn't need to reach (or search) for it at all! Even so, just look up your call in ULS, and your FRN is right there. You seem to be making a mountain out of a molehill. BTW, I DO have the password written down. If you forgot, it may take longer than 5 minutes, but that is YOUR bad.

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