How many of you will give up your license over $50 FCC renewal fee?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KK5JY, Sep 6, 2020.

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  1. WG7X

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    My license will be up for renewal in 2023. With a ten year span, I'll be on the threshold of my eighth decade. It would be a miracle if I got an additional ten year span after that...

    In the meantime, fifty bux is chicken feed...
     
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  2. KI5AAI

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    I think it is ridiculous for a 50 dollar fee every 5 years or 10 years, and I do understand that people do have hardships and financial crises. That being said, 50 dollars every 5 years is 5000 cents. Put away 2 dimes into a jar every Monday and that will cover your 50 bucks 5 years from now. If it is still every ten years, put a dime away every week.
     
  3. KM6LYW

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    What high school kid is going to pay $150 for an Extra? Age discrimination pure and simple, in a community that will literally die in 30 years from old age. Where are all the "inclusion" hypocrites? Just shut up, pay the fee and do as you're told.
     
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  4. WN1MB

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    The same one who has an $800 iPhone and/or $200 sneakers.
     
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  5. N9LYA

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    No Problem here..

    I see people drop $100 on cigarettes at the local Gas Station every two days..
    It's what is important to each of as to what we decide to spend our money on... or not...
     
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  6. N9YB

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    As a parent, I would have no issue paying for my kids to enjoy and learn from all that is Amateur Radio. A $150 investment in my child is a no brainer.
     
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  7. N2EY

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    I almost did.

    In 1968, in the summer between 8th and 9th grades, I upgraded from Novice to Technician, and then to Advanced. Each trip to the FCC cost $4 in fees.

    $4 in 1968 inflates to $29.81 in 2019.

    In 1970, in the summer between 10th and 11th grades, once the 2 year wait was over, I upgraded to Extra. That cost $9 in fees...equivalent to $60.09 today.

    So....total cost in 2019 dollars:

    $29.81 + $29.81 + $60.09 = $129.35

    I had it soft in terms of other costs. Getting to FCC meant a subway ride (25 cents) and about a mile walk each way....no problem at all. Wasn't even hilly. Form 610 cost a stamp and an envelope. Easy peasy lemon squeezey.

    In those days license terms were only 5 years, though.

    In those days there was a 2 year experience requirement before you could even try the Extra, and time as a Novice or Technician didn't count. Which meant at least 2 visits to the FCC to reach Extra. Today, someone can go from no license to Extra in 1, 2, or 3 steps, as they choose.
     
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  8. WB2BGI

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    I am 67 and good until late 2026. I will see if I live that long, in other words, I will cross that bridge if I come to it.
     
  9. WZ7U

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    Yup, I have six 1/2 years of license left, approximately. Like you, I'll get there when I get there.
     
  10. W5LJM

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    You're going to pay for your kids. Wow! What a concept in teaching them to be independent.
     
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