FCC proposing Amateur Radio License Fees

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).


Please click link or scroll down to read Steve’s message.

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.
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

NAQCC President

A little bit of CW QRP on a simple antenna goes a long way!

For the latest Amateur/Ham Radio news and information, please check this blog daily.  Our news feeds are updated daily. Thanks for joining us today.

Aloha es 73 de Russell Roberts (KH6JRM)

Public Information Officer

Hawaii County, ARRL Pacific Section

Retired News director of Pacific Radio Group Radio Stations on Hawaii-the Big Island. I have more than 40 years of broadcast experience, including positons at KTUH-FM (UH-Manoa), KPOI-FM (Honolulu). KHLO-AM (Hilo), KKBG-FM (KBIG-FM)(Hilo/Kona), KAPA-FM (Hilo-Kona). Native-FM (Hilo-Kona), and ESPN Hawaii (Hilo-Kona). Former University of Hawaii-Hilo librarian. Retired Air Force Officer. Amateur (Ham) Radio operator since 1977 (currently holds the Amateur Extra Class License from the FCC-KH6JRM).... Can read, write, and speak Russian. Retired on 30 September 2011, but still maintains a Hawaii Island News Blog.

Tagged with: , ,
Posted in Amateur/Ham Radio, ARES, ARRL, Big Island ARRL News, Big Island of Hawaii ARRL info
Subscribe to Blog via Email

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 157 other subscribers

  • Radio Frequency Interference Seminar Set for May 19 via Zoom May 14, 2021
    ARRL Laboratory Manager Ed Hare, W1RFI, hold a Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) seminar via Zoom on Wednesday, May 19, at 2000 UTC. His 30-minute slide presentation offers an overview of politics, personalities, and technical issues involved in electromagnetic interference (EMI) control as well as causes and cures. A question-and-answer session will follow the slide presentation. […]
  • Wooden Satellite to Launch by Year’s End May 14, 2021
    The WISA Woodsat project, being sponsored by plywood supplier WISA in an unconventional PR initiative, is poised to place a wooden satellite into orbit by the end of the year. The idea is to test the suitability of treated wood as a low-cost and widely available material for space applications. The IARU posting for Woodsat […]
  • The K7RA Solar Update May 14, 2021
    Tad Cook, K7RA, Seattle, reports: Sunspot activity returned last Friday, May 7, and has held steady since. Average daily sunspot numbers rose from 11.9 to 21.1, and average daily solar flux was up 2.1 points to 74.3 for the reporting week ending May 12.Geomagnetic activity was quiet until Wednesday, May 12, when the planetary A […]
Latest Amateur Radio Posts
Blog Stats
  • 21,364 hits
Post Archives