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Old 03-17-2009, 10:54 AM
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I took my test on 3/14. Still waiting.
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The wait is over! So it wasn't so bad, but now I feel sane again.
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I took my test on 3/14. Still waiting.
Don't worry you will see it soon!
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Old 03-18-2009, 10:47 AM
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What I find amazing is I have an FRN #. already. I think that I should be allowed to use my PG # from my Commercial/General in the meantime. Although when I took my test in 1976 I was issued a COMMERCIAL FIRST CLASS RADIOTELEPHONE and then they changed that to a GENERAL in 85 when they merged the FIRST and SECOND class. RIPOFF ! Wow- I can't wait to PTT !
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Old 03-18-2009, 2:49 PM
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Many, many, moons ago, when I first took my Novice test, the wait was more than two months of looking in the mailbox. No internet, no phone privileges. Yes, we did have indoor plumbing.
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Old 03-19-2009, 9:19 AM
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Way back in '92 it took me 6 MONTHS to get mine in the mail... no such thing as ULS back then
Are you sure you don't mean 6 WEEKS??

I had taken my novice exam in January '89; recieved my ticket in the mail in 6 weeks, which was the norm at that time. I'd already had my HTX-100 10m rig installed in my car and waiting when it came. Six months time sounds like your app found a black hole along the way.

BTW Buffalo, congrats on your new call! Looking forward to hearing you on 10!
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Today, most ham licenses will be posted within a week or so. Sometimes, if the VE files the info electronically, it will appear later that day or the next day. I believe VE's have a week to process and file and the paperwork after a test. If they send to the VEC via snail mail, it may take up to 2 or 3 weeks. Anything longer than that would be unusual.

Oh...and for the record. I took my Novice Test in April 1975 and the license arrived at the end of June, 1975...2 1/2 months later! That was fairly normal in those days.
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I give test sessions in the Phila, Pa area each month. We had a test session on Saturday morning 3/14/09 and the licenses were granted by the FCC on Wednesday the 18th. Always check in the FCC database a few days after your session. You do not have to wait until the license shows up in the mail.
I sent my paperwork to the ARRL via priority mail on the afternoon of the 14th.

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BTW Buffalo, congrats on your new call! Looking forward to hearing you on 10!
Thanks, look forward to getting there. I was having some troubles with the V-8000 and one of the test guys had me come up to his house. He got it tuned up then we had a good driveway session, two hams talking without radios?! A huge thanks goes out to Steve KA0SPM for the help. We went over the things I am currently interested in and I was glad to here that he's working on a lot of field activities for the summer. Getting out somewhere and seeing what we can make work is really interesting to me at this point so it was nice to hear that the club is looking to get more active than they had been. Going to be ordering the ARRL antenna book pretty quick.
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I remember back when I first passed my test (our tests were carved onto stone tablets back then) I had to wait 6 months for the carrier pigeons to deliver my callsign...I was worried that the pigeon might have gotten lost but low and behold it showed up just as I was putting a fresh set of horse shoes on my best Clydesdale who acts as the lead horse on my carriage which can carry me towards the undiscovered land out west! I might even see Doc Holliday in a saloon somewhere out on the range!
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The wait is over !.............KF7BCG Sorry about the dual post. Too much excitement.
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The wait is over !.............KF7BCG Sorry about the dual post. Too much excitement.
Congrats! I have had mine for so long now it has become part of my regular name...it will take you awhile to get used to it then you will find yourself answering to it....especially if you learn to call nets on a local repeater...I help call the local Tarheel Scanner/Shortwave Net on a local repeater and it is a blast!
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Congrats and welcome guys!

I remember when i took my first test for the Tech class back in 94, wow has it really been 15 years already? That took about 8 weeks to get, but i think it took a couple weeks for it to get to the FCC. And of course this was back in the no-code boom which had the FCC swamped on license processing as well.

Then when i sat down and took my General and Extra and that got submitted i had it in less than a week thanks to the ULS.

Now that i am a VE for the club where i tested for my General and Extra i can tell you speed is of our utmost concern. We would like to do electronic submission, maybe some day. For now if we hold a testing session on a Saturday we drop it in the mail, USPS Priority on Monday morning, and they are usually in the ULS on Weds or Thurs at the latest depending on how swamped the FCC is at the time or arrival, and callsigns issued by Friday. So one week turnaround, not bad!

Hey if we give all the new guys instant gratification in getting their call in a few hours they miss the fun of waiting for it and getting their station ready, and checking, and double checking, while they wait!

I remember when i was waiting for my license to show up, i just sat and listened to the repeaters to get a feel for operating practices.
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Took mine Friday 3/20 and I've been searching the ULS database every 20 or so minutes :-)
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Took mine Friday 3/20 and I've been searching the ULS database every 20 or so minutes :-)
HA! A little impatient are we?? LOL

Congrats!

Nice to see all the new blood entering the hobby, regardless of what some of the old farts say on the air, i welcome everyone in boosting our numbers.

There is so much to do in this hobby you can do something different every day and never get bored. I still have some other facets of it that i want to get involved in after 15 years.
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HA! A little impatient are we?? LOL

Congrats!

Nice to see all the new blood entering the hobby, regardless of what some of the old farts say on the air, i welcome everyone in boosting our numbers.

There is so much to do in this hobby you can do something different every day and never get bored. I still have some other facets of it that i want to get involved in after 15 years.
Indeed I am! The thing is, I don't even have a radio or anything yet. I've been toying with the idea of getting it for years and finally bit the bullet, I don't know why it took me so long.
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I finally got mine, KC9PLE. Took my test on the 20th.
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