Hey everybody! This post was suppose to go out on Dec 2, 2017, but something happened and it did not publish, so I thought I would post it now.
Last month, I was reading some of the news on the ARRL website and came across an article that talked about a petition that a Thomas Alessi, K1TA, filed back in May and how the FCC has dismissed it.
Below is that article:
FCC Dismisses Radio Amateur’s Petition to Revise Call Sign Rules
The FCC has dismissed a rule making petition filed last May by Thomas J. Alessi, K1TA, of Stamford, Connecticut, that sought to amend the Part 97 rules regarding Amateur Radio Service call signs. The Commission action came in a November 28 letter from Scot Stone, Deputy Chief of the FCC Wireless Telecommunications Bureau Mobility Division. Alessi had asked the FCC to make call signs consisting of one letter, followed by two digits, followed by one letter (1×1 format) available to Amateur Extra Class licensees. Alessi asserted that the number of Amateur Extra Class licensees who desire short call signs exceeds the available supply of 1×2 and 2×1 call signs, and that his plan would make available an additional 7,800 four-character call signs.
Approximately fifteen million call signs are presently available in the sequential call sign system, but it does not include every amateur call sign that has been allocated to the United States, Stone wrote in denying Alessi’s petition. He also pointed out that the FCC had rejected a similar suggestion in 2010 that would have made certain additional call signs, including 1×1 call signs, available to Amateur Extra Class licensees, but concluded at the time that enough call signs already were available for every Amateur Radio licensee to obtain an acceptable call sign. In addition, the FCC said in 2010 that it had no plans to revisit the issue.
You have not demonstrated any changed circumstances or other reason that would warrant revisiting this decision, Stones letter concluded.
First off, I have to wonder why he put this petition in in the first place. I wonder what kind of call sign he is wanting to get since his call is his initials already and is a 1 x 2. Is he asking for someone else maybe?
The second thing, I have to wonder is what good an extra 7,800 call signs would make in the grand scheme of things. Especially for those that use Morse code a lot! A 1×3 or a 2×2 or a 2×1 call sign with only one number seems to me to be easier to send than a 1xx1 would be, but maybe Morse code doesn’t have anything to do with it.
I think that rather than adding a whole different call sign scheme that is available to extra only, how about cleaning up the call signs that aren’t used anymore.
A while back, probably about a year or so ago, I was talking with a past guest on my podcast, Chris LaRue. Chris was telling me about a guy that had applied for and was approved for something like 20 different call signs over the span of a year, I think.
So now there are 20 callsigns that are not available for 2 years! You could relate this to someone causing harmful interference on a frequency. This person is causing harmful interference with callsigns.
So rather than adding a 1xx1 Callsign scheme, let’s change the vanity system to where either someone has to keep a Callsign for X amount of time before they can change it or drop the whole two year wait period for callsigns that were obtained through the vanity system where the person changed his/her call sign.
That’s my two cents
Until next time,