Its final - amateur service license fees are coming...

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by NN3W, Dec 30, 2020.

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  1. AF5XF

    AF5XF Ham Member QRZ Page

    $35 is not much compared to other countries/services but what does the FCC do besides process a little bit of paperwork and it is mostly computer automated.

    bottom line is, I'll pay it but I'm not happy about it.
     
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  2. AF5XF

    AF5XF Ham Member QRZ Page

    yeah it became big about a year ago. seems to be a rebellious teen's response to his grandma/grandpa


    Edit: I'm just out of teenhood so I know a bit about that sort of thing(gasp)
     
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  3. W4EAE

    W4EAE Ham Member QRZ Page

    I pay for LMR service, but I get a frequency that I can kick people off of (never had to do it).

    I pay for GMRS. I don't get my own frequency, but I do get a crazy-long callsign.

    I will pay for amateur radio. I get frequencies to use from near DC to near daylight. I guess its worth it--plus it will be very far from my biggest amateur radio expense, even if I live to be 300 years old.
     
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  4. WB8SCT

    WB8SCT QRZ Lifetime Member #205 Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    I love this hobby, and am happy to pay $35 for the privilege of being a Ham Radio Operator! And for my friends who enjoy a good drink, yeah, it is only half the price of a decent bottle. BTW, it is only a little more than a Boefeng.
     
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  5. LU6PSG

    LU6PSG Ham Member QRZ Page

    In my country, the license is free, you only pay to a radio club an exam fee/renewal fee, about 20 USD every 5 years if you're not affiliated. It's some sort of collaboration to the club. Every club is free to set their fee policy and amount.

    Fees should not exist in a country where everyone pays taxes for everything... sales taxes, income taxes, property taxes, federal taxes, and so on.
     
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  6. K8PG

    K8PG QRZ Lifetime Member #333 Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    go away if you want to argue .
    go play with your He- Men toys
    see what you Pay in Vietnam-
    Cambodia ...( if they will issue a license)
    K8PG
     
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  7. NQ5D

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    I wouldn't mind it so much if it were just for new licenses and renewals. $35 per decade is certainly not a problem.
    My issue is that it also charges for vanity applications and license upgrades. I've been trying to get a 4-digit call sign, as a "reward to myself" since passing the Extra exam in last month. They are infuriatingly hard to get. I've tried for 8 of them so far, with NO LUCK. Under the upcoming fee structure, I'd currently be out $315 bucks, and STILL not have my 4-digit vanity call (8 vanity apps, + the Extra upgrade)..
     
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  8. KG5THG

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    I wonder if this will cleanup 75m. lol.
     
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  9. LU6PSG

    LU6PSG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Even kids pay 6-7% sales tax every time they go buy candies. Our sales tax is 21% .... sadly.
     
  10. KG7HVR

    KG7HVR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I agree Joe!
     

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