ARRL and FCC Sign Memorandum to Implement New Volunteer

ARRL and the FCC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that paves the way to implement the new and enhanced Volunteer Monitor program. The memorandum establishes the Volunteer Monitors as a replacement for the Official Observers (OO) program. Current OOs have been encouraged to participate in the new program. “We are excited by the opportunity to codify our partnership with the FCC and to work together to achieve our mutual interests of protecting the integrity of our Amateur Radio bands,” said ARRL President Rick Roderick, K5UR. “This Memorandum of…

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FCC Universal Licensing System will be Down for Maintenance

QST de W1AW   ARRL Bulletin 6  ARLB006 From ARRL Headquarters   Newington CT  March 1, 2019 To all radio operators The FCC has announced that the Universal Licensing System (ULS), which processes Amateur Radio license applications, will be offline for scheduled maintenance from 0300 UTC until 1300 UTC on Saturday, March 2 (starting late on Friday, March 1, in continental US time zones). The ULS system is located at, https://www.fcc.gov/wireless/systems-utilities/universal-licensing-system The FCC said all applications submitted on Friday, March 1, and Monday, March 4, will be processed on Tuesday,…

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Amateur Radio Applications Piling Up as Partial Government Shutdown Continues

01/23/2019 Volunteer Examiner Coordinators across the US are continuing to receive paperwork from Amateur Radio exam sessions held during the partial government shutdown. While it’s still possible to access the Universal Licensing System (ULS) and file applications, the FCC is not processing individual, club, and exam session — new and upgrade — Amateur Radio applications. The FCC closed most operations on January 3, when available funding ran out. According to the FCC public notice, aside from a few emergency and auction-filing systems, all other Commission electronic filing systems will be…

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ARRL: How Can We Help?

Recently, I received this email from a reader: “Hi Dan, “Hope you’re doing well. I have a couple of questions about the ARRL. I’ve been reading your blog and other sources, and it’s clear that the ARRL is in a little trouble. I have to say, though, that as soon as the current administration in D.C. notices that some of their friends can make money off of amateur radio bandwidth, the whole amateur radio service is in very serious jeopardy. The only way I can think of to counter that…

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Government Shutdown, Just Great!

At the risk of getting a little political, I’m posting a blog post for this article instead of just as a news item. It is sad that we seem to go through something like this every few years. The thing is, it not only affects the FCC, but is also affects other agencies as well. Agencies like the National Weather Service. Here we are coming into storm season, the NWS has storm spotting schools scheduled typically up through the first part of June, at least in my region. A couple…

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Station Identifiers – Should I Use Them?

Yesterday I was looking through the Amateur Radio sub-Redit and came across a question that was being asked about how he should identify himself as he is driving through an area. Did he need to use /mobile or /portable or some other suffix after his call sign. This question reminded me of another question or comment that I remember reading not too long ago. The person was told by someone that he needed to use a / whatever the number area he was in when operating in a different number…

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ARLB039 Rule Making Petition to FCC Calls for Vanity Call Sign Rule

This petition was put forth by one of my previous guests on the Everything Ham Radio Podcast. Chris was my guest on episode 27 – Hams With Disabilities. Since that interview Chris and I have emailed back and forth a couple times and he had mentioned what he said in this petition to me. It is great to see that he put a petition into the FCC to try to make a change.  What are yalls feelings about this petition? If there is anything you would change what would it…

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Florida Ham Agrees to Penalty for Failure to Identify

Source: ARRL News December 10, 2015 The FCC Enforcement Bureau has entered into a consent decree with a Florida radio amateur to resolve an investigation into whether the licensee violated Sections 97.113(b) and 97.119(a) of the FCC rules by transmitting one-way communications and failing to identify. As part of the deal, Thomas J. Warren, K3TW, of Lecanto, Florida, will pay a monetary penalty. The FCC issued an Order incorporating the Consent Decree on December 9 in the case, which dates back to June 2015. “In response to complaints that an unidentified station…

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Revamped FCC Website

Hello everyone and welcome back to Everything Hamradio! In a recent ARRL Bulletin, read below, it appears that the FCC is going to be getting a brand spanking new revamped website. It is suppose to be easier to use, and search for things and be mobile friendly! It’s about time! I hope that it turns out to be all that they are saying it is going to be, and I hope they have a better experience with the website relaunch than they did with the server move. Here it is…

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Could This be the End of BBHN/HSMM?

Hello everybody and welcome back to Everything Hamradio. A while back I wrote an article about Broadband-Hamnet and what it was an idea that I had about its use. I have also talked to a few people about it and read quite a bit about it. There was even a post on the ARRL a couple weeks ago about how it was used during a bike race. With such an awesome and useful thing, it seems like it can be coming to an end before it really gets off the ground. Today…

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