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Old 03-05-2009, 8:07 PM
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Default How long have you guys waited for a callsign?

I passed my tech test on the 21st of Feb. and the ULS doesn't show me yet. I know it's not been that long but I have heard many guys on the local repeater talk about having their call signs in as little as four days. I'm just pumped to get on the air and this wait is killing me! Good thing I didn't do this ten years ago or I may have actually gone insane.
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Old 03-05-2009, 8:08 PM
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I had to wait almost a month back in the early 1990s. Four days would have been awesome.
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Old 03-05-2009, 8:18 PM
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4-5 days is about right, and I received the paper ticket in the mail in about a week. This was for Technician, General, and Extra.
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Old 03-05-2009, 8:21 PM
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I passed my tech test on the 21st of Feb. and the ULS doesn't show me yet. I know it's not been that long but I have heard many guys on the local repeater talk about having their call signs in as little as four days. I'm just pumped to get on the air and this wait is killing me! Good thing I didn't do this ten years ago or I may have actually gone insane.
mine took the better part of a month due to a mistake on the VE that was SUPPOSED to mail the paperwork in...
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Old 03-05-2009, 8:31 PM
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I think mine took about 10 working days to show up on ULS.
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Old 03-05-2009, 8:47 PM
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Mine took a week or so. A friend of mine waited two weeks. It all depends on how the people at the FCC are feeling, haha!
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Old 03-05-2009, 10:21 PM
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Thanks for the input guys, guess I'll just wait some more. I would think the FCC folks would be feeling pretty good right now. But maybe they got left out of the first round of power grab and are a little miffed about it.
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Old 03-06-2009, 1:33 AM
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A major portion of the wait seems to be on the part of the VEC's. I upgraded from Advanced to Extra about a year ago, and it took about two weeks for the upgrade to show up.
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From the testing schedule in my area it would seem the VEC has a fair amount of down time early in the month and then gets nailed at the end. I have calmed down a bit, but man I am just dying to let my voice fly!
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Old 03-06-2009, 6:29 AM
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Tested on April 4th, appeared in ULS on the 10th. All depends on how soon the VE submits the paperwork and how many need to be processed at the FCC. My paperwork was received at the FCC on the 9th if I remember correctly, and processed on the 10th of course.
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Old 03-06-2009, 10:18 AM
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I feel lucky, I took my test at 2pm, by 11 that night I had my call sign. i was fortunate that mine was submitted electronically.
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Old 03-06-2009, 2:31 PM
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I feel lucky, I took my test at 2pm, by 11 that night I had my call sign. i was fortunate that mine was submitted electronically.

That do make a difference.
VE sent test info in at 8am, had callsign by 10:30am
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i had to wait 2 weeks, then it showed up in the database.
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Old 03-07-2009, 6:46 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
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Old 03-07-2009, 7:35 AM
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mine took 3 days. the VEC sent all the paperwork in next-day-air. i was pumped.
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Old 03-07-2009, 10:44 AM
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The amount of time required really depends on the VEC. From what I understand it can take a couple weeks with the ARRL VEC. I recommend anyone in an area that they serve to use the Laurel VEC. The lead VE for the testing session will upload the batch the same day and you should appear in the ULS on the next business day. They are also the only VEC that I know of that does not charge a penny for their services.
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My test was done by the ARRL VEC, took the test on a Saturday and I was in the database on Wednesday
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Old 03-08-2009, 1:01 AM
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The amount of time required really depends on the VEC. From what I understand it can take a couple weeks with the ARRL VEC. I recommend anyone in an area that they serve to use the Laurel VEC. The lead VE for the testing session will upload the batch the same day and you should appear in the ULS on the next business day. They are also the only VEC that I know of that does not charge a penny for their services.
The tests are free at the Dayton Hamvention as well.
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Old 03-08-2009, 9:48 AM
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About 4 days for me.
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Old 03-09-2009, 6:26 PM
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The wait is over! So it wasn't so bad, but now I feel sane again.
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