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Rule making petition calls for vanity call sign rule change

Posted: 29 Oct 2016 11:33 AM PDT

I had a chuckle when I read this. Its really a shame to have to implement a
rule like this, but I guess this situation could¬*have been anticipated when
the FCC dropped the vanity callsign¬*fee. Im not sure that requiring a
vanity callsign holder to keep it for the term of the license is
really¬*necessaryI think that requiring it to be held for two years or five
years would be sufficient. I also think that the rules governing how a call
gets returned to the pool could be changed so that if someone gives up a
vanity callsign it would be returned immediately to the pool.Dan

ARLB039 Rule Making Petition to FCC Calls for Vanity Call Sign Rule¬*Changes


ARRL Bulletin 39 ¬*ARLB039

From ARRL Headquarters

Newington CT ¬*October 27, 2016

To all radio amateurs

ARLB039 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 x 2 or 2 x 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.
The petition can be found on the web in PDF format.¬*Some are changing call
signs almost monthly, just to keep the newer¬*code-free Extra class
operators from obtaining a shorter call sign,¬*he said in his petition. I
even saw an older operator that said he¬*does it all the time and has not
even owned a radio in over 6 years.¬*When I looked him up, he has had 16
different [call signs] in 18¬*months.
LaRue said his proposed minor rule change would require any
licensee¬*applying for and obtaining an Amateur Radio vanity call sign
be¬*required to keep it for the duration of the license, which is¬*currently
10 years.
He said this would alleviate a lot of the stress on the ULS system¬*and
manpower requirements at the FCC. It will also keep inactive¬*amateurs from
changing call signs regularly, thereby tying up call¬*signs for 2 years
after dismissal of said call.
Interested parties may comment using the FCC Electronic Comment¬*Filing
System (ECFS). Comments are¬*due within 30 days of the October 26 posting



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