Category Archives: License

Revised FCC Form 605 Will Ask Applicants “the Felony Question”

A revised FCC Form 605 — Quick-Form Application for Authorization in the Ship, Aircraft, Amateur, Restricted and Commercial Operator, and General Mobile Radio Services — going into effect in September will ask all applicants to indicate if they have been convicted of or pled guilty to a felony. The Communications Act obliges the Commission to ask “the felony question,” as it did on the old Form 610 and still does on other applications. This action will correct its omission on Form 605, which has existed for years. Applicants’ responses and explanations will be used to determine eligibility to be a Commission licensee. The FCC told ARRL that it’s still deciding whether to issue a public notice on the change.

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ARRL Board of Directors Adopts Legislative Objectives for 115th Congress

The ARRL Board of Directors has unanimously adopted five legislative objectives for the 115th US Congress. The Board took the action when it met in Connecticut January 20-21. ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR, chaired the session.

The first objective is to seek early congressional passage of the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2017, H.R. 555 and of any Senate companion bill that might be introduced. H.R. 555 cleared the House on January 23. The Board was told that specific instructions to the FCC on implementation of the bill would be included in the report language from Congress.

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2017 Fresno VE Exam Schedule

The 2017 Fresno VE Team amateur radio license exam schedule:

  • February 18
  • May 20
  • August 19
  • November 18

Sponsor: Fresno VE Team

Time:  Saturdays @ 9:30 AM (Walk-ins allowed)

Contact: Charles P. McConnell – (559) 431-2038  –  w6dpdcharles@yahoo.com

VEC: ARRL/VEC

Location:  Salvation Army Fresno Citadel, 1854 Fulton St, Fresno CA 93706

Theory exams are multiple choice. First Class mail is used to send paperwork to ARRL, who sends data to FCC via electronic mail, thus assuring the fastest possible service on new licenses, which typically are posted to the FCC database by the end of the second week following the exam.

BRING: Two ID’s, one with photo. Taxpayer ID Number (Social Security Number), or FCC Registration Number (preferred). Fee $15.00 per test session. Bring exact change. Original and copy of Amateur License. Talk in on 146.94 repeater.

Mexico Not Yet Extending Operating Permission to Non-Mexican Radio Amateurs

Broad changes in Mexico’s radiocommunication regulatory environment 2 years ago continue to hinder Amateur Radio licensing there and still do not provide reciprocal permission for non-Mexican radio amateurs to operate South of the Border. Mexico’s International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member society the Federation of Mexican Radio Amateurs (FMRE) has been working with the new regulator, the Federal Telecommunications Institute (IFT) to craft more Amateur Radio-friendly licensing procedures and regulations, and there has been a little positive movement. The new regulatory regime considers the radio spectrum as an exploitable resource, and all former Amateur Radio regulations have been deemed null and void. To help acquaint regulators with the nuances of Amateur Radio, all IFT administrative staff completed the United States Telecommunications Training Institute (USTTI) Amateur Radio Administration Course last February, and this has yielded some positive results.

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Rule Making Petition to FCC Calls for Vanity Call Sign Rule Changes

The FCC is inviting comments on a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11775) from a Nevada radio amateur that seeks changes to the rules governing the Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Program. Christopher LaRue, W4ADL, of North Las Vegas, is proposing that any licensee obtaining a vanity call sign be required to keep it for the full license term. LaRue contends in his petition that excessive and frequent vanity call sign filings are hampering the ability of other qualified licensees to obtain vanity call signs in one of the more desirable 1 × 2 or 2 × 1 formats. LaRue said that since the FCC dropped the fee to file for a vanity call sign, some applicants are taking advantage by regularly obtaining new call signs, thereby keeping them out of circulation.

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US Amateur Radio Numbers Continue to Soar

Arrl.org
02/29/2016

Ham Radio Stats 2000-20015
US Amateur Radio population from 2000 to 2015. The FCC dropped the Morse code requirement in 2007.

Amateur Radio is alive and well! Growth in the US continued in 2015, with a record 735,405 licensees in the FCC’s Universal Licensing System (ULS) database by the end of the year. That’s up 9130 over December 2014, a 1.2 percent rise, continuing a steady increase in the Amateur Radio population in every year since 2007. In 2014, the Amateur Radio ranks grew by a net 8149 licensees. The figures, compiled by Joe Speroni, AH0A, on his FCC Amateur Radio Statistics web pages, exclude expired licenses that are within the 2-year grace period, and club station licenses. Compared with the same month 10 years ago, the Amateur Radio population in the US has expanded by 72,805 licensees — or nearly 11 percent.

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FCC Seeks Comments on Petition to Grant Lifetime Amateur Radio Licenses

ARRL.org
02/24/2016

The FCC is seeking comments on a Petition for Rule Making (RM 11760) that asks the FCC to grant lifetime Amateur Radio licenses. Mark F. Krotz, N7MK, of Mesa, Arizona, filed his request with the FCC last November. He wants the FCC to revise § 97.25 of its rules to indicate that Amateur Radio licenses are granted for the holder’s lifetime, instead of for the current 10 year term. Krotz noted that the General Radiotelephone Operator License (GROL) already is issued on a lifetime basis, and he maintained that not having to renew licenses would lighten the FCC’s workload.

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2016 Fresno VE Exam Schedule

The 2016 Fresno VE Team amateur radio license exam schedule:

  • February 13
  • May 14
  • August 13
  • November 12

Sponsor: Fresno VE Team

Time:  Saturdays @ 9:30 AM (Walk-ins allowed)

Contact: Charles P. McConnell – (559) 431-2038  –  w6dpdcharles@yahoo.com

VEC: ARRL/VEC

Location:  Salvation Army Fresno Citadel, 1854 Fulton St, Fresno CA 93706

Theory exams are multiple choice. First Class mail is used to send paperwork to ARRL, who sends data to FCC via electronic mail, thus assuring the fastest possible service on new licenses, which typically are posted to the FCC database by the end of the second week following the exam.

BRING: Two ID’s, one with photo. Taxpayer ID Number (Social Security Number), or FCC Registration Number (preferred). Fee $15.00 per test session. Bring exact change. Original and copy of Amateur License. Talk in on 146.94 repeater.

For other a calendar of other VE exam sessions in the Central Valley area: FAME Upcoming VE Test Session Calendar

 

 

Technician License Class Offered in Fresno

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers with the Fresno Area Mentors and Elmers group will be conducting a FREE PowerPoint based training course to prepare you for the Amateur Radio Technician license exam.

Classes will be held for four weeks on Tuesday and Thursday evenings April 14 through May 7th from 6:30-9:30PM. All Classes and Testing will be held at the Salvation Army Citadel, 1854 Fulton Ave, Fresno, CA.

Class Meeting Dates:

  • Week 1 – April 14, 16
  • Week 2 – April 21, 23
  • Week 3 – April 28. 30
  • Week 4 – May 5, 7

Instruction is based upon the contents Gordon West / W5YI – Technician Class Study Manual. The manual is available from many sources, but if you call and order the “classroom package” directly from the W5YI group (800 669-9594) let them know you are taking the class from the Fresno FAME group and you will get some additional materials included for free.

To sign up or for more information, contact Rob AE6GE at ae6ge@k6arp.org.

FCC “Paperless” Amateur Radio License Policy Goes into Effect on February 17

ARRL.org
January 29, 2015

Starting February 17, the FCC no longer will routinely issue paper license documents to Amateur Radio applicants and licensees. The Commission has maintained for some time now that the official Amateur Radio license authorization is the electronic record that exists in its Universal Licensing System (ULS), although the FCC has continued to print and mail hard copy licenses. In mid-December the FCC adopted final procedures to provide access to official electronic authorizations, as proposed in WT Docket 14-161 as part of its “process reform” initiatives.

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