FCC NPRM MD Docket No. 20-270 changing FCC fee structure, including Amateur Radio. $50 for new licenses and renewals and Vanity License Applications

krokus

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My problem is even more fundamental than that: We're already paying for the FCC in the form of taxes, so why do we have to pay extra for them to do their JOB? (And yes, before anyone asks, I DO have the same problem with passports, drivers licenses, building permits, and what have you.)
The infrastructure is paid for by taxes. The fees are a fee for service, which is supposed to just cover the costs associated with the processing. In the case of a ham radio license, I have a hard time believing the costs are going up that much.
 

K5MPH

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A $35 dollar fee was just authorized by the FCC for the license application. Too much for a license application that the work is mostly done by the ARRL,VEC's and applicants online. On top of that they don't even send you a copy of the license anymore saying that if you want a copy you must download it yourself. What are you getting for the $35?
What do you get for 35 dollars,the privilage to use the fcc frequency band plan ......
 

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One step in putting ham radio's out of personal use! Buch of crap IMHO. This will slow down or stop others looking at getting a ticket!
 

cavmedic

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and the trunking system is down.

Land lines down.... Until every public safety agency has every vehicle with digital, Analog, HF, VHF, UHF, Sat comm, etc. you get the idea.
Majority of your trunking systems will revert to single site trunking if they lose the master controller or communications to or from the master, or single repeater on each tower , most of your Counties have portable systems and comm vehicles they can deploy to a scene with an ETA of travel time.

By the time the majority of hams would deploy if requested , figure out how to actually program their radio, or screw around with FL digi etc, the incident would be 3/4 over.

We have a Nuclear Power Plant about 2 miles from here, every so often as required by the NRC, the 4 or 5 local counties that surround the PP have disaster drills. Listening to the County comms pass traffic, and listening to the local participating hams pass traffic, the hams are typically 45 minutes to an hour behind passing the SAME materials. If there were to be an Evac sent, I surely wouldnt want to be relying on the amateur network to get my evac notice ..................
 

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Quit griping...$50 is not that unreasonable. When I first applied for my license in 1971 the cost was $25.00 (that's $161.42 in 2020) just to register for the test and you had to go to a testing center (by appointment) to take the test. If you missed the session you had to wait another 6 months and pay another $25. No publishing of the test questions, you went prepared only with knowledge (and a certain level of code proficiency) , not memorization of the answers. If I could afford to get my license as a 20 year old working my way through college and traveling almost 100 miles to take the test, then I don't see a problem with a $50 fee, answers to the questions in advance, and taking the test locally.
 

W8WCA

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Quit griping...$50 is not that unreasonable. When I first applied for my license in 1971 the cost was $25.00 (that's $161.42 in 2020) just to register for the test and you had to go to a testing center (by appointment) to take the test. If you missed the session you had to wait another 6 months and pay another $25. No publishing of the test questions, you went prepared only with knowledge (and a certain level of code proficiency) , not memorization of the answers. If I could afford to get my license as a 20 year old working my way through college and traveling almost 100 miles to take the test, then I don't see a problem with a $50 fee, answers to the questions in advance, and taking the test locally.
That is all well and good


Except: I am living on the same income I had 25 years ago!
Times are tough
 
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