The proposed $50 fee would cover Amateur Radio License applications, vanity calls, renewals, and a copy of your license.
Views expressed in this post are those of NAQCC President Steve Szabo (WB4OMM).
Content and comments supplied by Steve Szabo (WB4OMM).
Accessed on 09 September 2020, 1831 UTC, Post 1620.
Source (email message from Steve Szabo – WB4OMM).
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Good Morning Folks!
Important!!! This impacts – YOU! You might well want to file comments
against this NPRM.
The FCC filed a Notice for Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) to start collecting a
$50 fee for Amateur Radio License Applications, Vanity Calls, Renewals and
for a copy of your license. Currently, these are free.
Here is an article from the ARRL that summarizes the changes:
Comments are being accepted on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in
MD Docket 20-270, which proposes application fees for radio amateurs. Formal
deadlines for comments and reply comments will be determined once the NPRM
appears in the Federal Register. Comments may be filed now, however, by
using the FCC’s Electronic Comment Filing System (
<https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/filings> ECFS), posting to MD Docket No. 20-270.
The docket is already open for accepting comments, even though deadlines
have not yet been set.
Here is the link to file your comments (copy and paste in your browser):
* In the first box type, “20-270”, then select the “Amendment of the
Schedule of Application Fees….”
* Then fill out the remainder and submit. It won’t immediately show
up, it has to be reviewed first..mine showed up this morning.
Here are the comments I submitted: “I strenuously implore the FCC to drop
this fee initiative for Amateur Radio License Applications and Renewals.
Amateur Radio Operators provide VOLUNTARY COMMUNITY SERVICES. VOLUNTEER
Examiners, SKYWARN, ARES, RACES, and CERT are all VOLUNTARY groups and
services. Even the title, “AMATEUR” denotes VOLUNTEER service (non-paid). I
see this fee as a huge barrier to youth (Boy and Girl Scouts, High School,
Elementary Students) at a minimum; I see it as a, “slap in the face” to
folks who provide volunteer community services. If you need funding, raise
the fees of the commercial license holders who profit from the license.
Thank you for the opportunity to provide comments.”
If you provide comments, make them your own…there are over 300 comments on
the site against this NPRM as of today, but obviously the more the better.
No nastiness, “just say no!”.
Thanks for reading! I hope you understand why I sent this out.
Steve Szabo WB4OMM #5913
A little bit of CW QRP on a simple antenna goes a long way!