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FCC Denies Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Requests:

from The ARRL Letter, Vol 26, No 08 on February 23, 2007
Website: http://www.arrl.org/
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FCC Denies Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Requests:

The FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau (WTB) has turned down a request to waive a provision of the Amateur Radio vanity call sign rules and two petitions asking the Commission to reconsider dismissals of vanity call sign applications.

In a letter http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-680A1.pdf, the Commission told Emma Kostenbauder, WA2ZCQ, of Poughquag, New York, that it could not waive 97.19(c)(2) of the Amateur Radio Service rules as she'd requested so that she could be assigned her husband's former call sign. Scott Kostenbauder, W2LW -- an ARRL Life Member -- had surrendered the call sign W2AWX on April 25, 2006, when he obtained his current call sign under the vanity program. The FCC said that under the circumstances, W2AWX would have to remain unassigned for two years before it could become available.

Scot Stone, deputy chief of the WTB's Mobility Division, said Emma Kostenbauder had not presented "any unique or unusual circumstances" preventing her from waiting to apply for W2AWX when it becomes available. "That you and your husband both want you to hold his former call sign is not, by itself, sufficient justification to waive the rule," Stone said.

In a separate action http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-677A1.pdf, the WTB turned away the request of a California radio amateur to reconsider its dismissal of his Amateur Radio vanity call sign application. Last year ARRL Member Kenneth Lamson, K6SI, of Livermore applied for the call sign K6BQ, but he filed for it one day too soon, the FCC has concluded. Lamson's dismissed application was dated February 22, 2006, the final day of the two-year waiting period. "At that time, the call sign was not yet available for reassignment, because the two-year period had not expired," the WTB's Stone told Lamson. "Consequently, we conclude that your application was properly dismissed."

The FCC canceled the license on February 23, 2006, and the Commission subsequently assigned K6BQ to another licensee who applied for it after the cancellation date.

The Commission also denied the petition of ARRL member Ron Moody, K9RWM, of Colfax, Wisconsin, to reconsider its dismissal of another vanity call sign application. In April 2006, Moody had sought to obtain K9RM. The Commission turned down his application, however, because the Universal Licensing System (ULS) indicated the call sign was unavailable because the license had expired less than two years earlier.

"A call sign is not available for reassignment until two years after the license expires or the licensee's death, whichever is sooner," Stone explained in a February 22 letter http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-07-803A1.pdf.

Last June, the WTB got word that the previous holder of K9RM had died in December 2002, and entered that information into the ULS database.

"Because more that two years had passed since the licensee's death, amateur station call sign K9RM became available to the vanity call sign system on June 9, 2006," Stone told Moody. "At the time your application was processed, the ULS database showed that the call sign K9RM was not assignable. Consequently, we conclude that your application was properly dismissed."

The WTB granted K9RM to an Indiana licensee last June 24.

Source:

The ARRL Letter Vol. 26, No. 08 February 23, 2007

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FCC Denies Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Requests  
by AI2IA on February 23, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
These decisions help to show that not only are FCC license holders bound to observe the rules and regulations, but also that the FCC has to observe its own rules and regulations. We are truly a nation of laws and not of men. If this were not the case, then the spirit of special privileges would make a mockery of justice and fair play.
 
RE: FCC Denies Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Requ  
by N3OX on February 23, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
And more mundanely, if you want to get your chosen vanity callsign, read the rules before you try, and don't think you can cheat the system by applying the day before you're allowed to.

For a good laugh, look at the bottom section of the "invalid calls" at N4MC's vanity HQ...
 
RE: FCC Denies Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Requ  
by K4JF on February 24, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
"We are truly a nation of laws and not of men. If this were not the case, then the spirit of special privileges would make a mockery of justice and fair play."

That is supposed to be our goal. Wish other agencies and branches saw that as well as the FCC.
 
FCC Denies Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Requests  
by K6SI on February 26, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
The issue with the K6SI - K6BQ application is that the FCC used the wrong time zone for the application processing It was filed correctly on the correct, day after 2 year waiting period, correct legal day... using FCC, Washington DC, eastern time (EDT), but they instead decided not to use the FCC Washington DC time (after midnight, next correct day), but 3 hour earlier west coast (PDT) time, thus voiding my application. I did not think this was fair, the FCC time is EDT not PDT. Ken Lamson, K6SI
 
RE: FCC Denies Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Requ  
by KG4RUL on February 27, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
I have a perfect solution to the time zone problem - UTC date/time! Of course, there will still be those who can't get that right.

+5
No -3
No -4 if the moon is full
AARGGHH!

Dennis KG4RUL
 
RE: FCC Denies Amateur Radio Vanity Call Sign Requ  
by W3HF on February 28, 2007 Mail this to a friend!
"The issue with the K6SI - K6BQ application is that the FCC used the wrong time zone for the application processing It was filed correctly on the correct, day after 2 year waiting period, correct legal day... using FCC, Washington DC, eastern time (EDT), but they instead decided not to use the FCC Washington DC time (after midnight, next correct day), but 3 hour earlier west coast (PDT) time, thus voiding my application. I did not think this was fair, the FCC time is EDT not PDT. Ken Lamson, K6SI"

With all due respect, Ken, that's not what the ULS shows. Your application has a date/time stamp of 02/22/2006 at 03:39:28. (The reference copy of your application is at
http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/refCopy/refCopyView.jsp?pdfFN=3346693228200782023.pdf )

Your contention that this is a time zone issue would have been supported by a late-in-the-evening time--after midnight on the east coast but late night in California.

The time stamp is 3:39 AM on 22 Feb. Even if this was really Pacific Time (PST, not PDT as this was February), it would have been 6:39 AM EST on 22 Feb. Regardless of which time zone (in the continental US) that is, it's still on 22 Feb, which was a day early.

If you want to argue that the ULS put the WRONG date or time on the app, that's the only possibility left. But the available facts say it can't be a time zone error.
 
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