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FCC Dismisses Radio Amateur's Petition to Revise Call Sign Rules:

from The ARRL Letter on November 30, 2017
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FCC Dismisses Radio Amateur's Petition to Revise Call Sign Rules:

The FCC has dismissed http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2017/db1128/DA-17-1146A1.pdf 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 were already 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," Stone's letter concluded.

Source:

The ARRL Letter

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FCC Dismisses Radio Amateur's Petition to Revise Call Sign R  
by K5UJ on December 1, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
Special Extra class call signs don't matter anymore anyway, since the Extra class examination has been so watered down just about any unlicensed Joe can walk into a phony FCC examination session (a.k.a. VEC examination) and walk out a while later as an Extra class ham.

Back when you had to be licensed at least 2 years before even taking the test, had to pass 20 w.p.m CW test in front of FCC staff, and get through elements for General and Advanced first, and to get a 2 letter call, have been licensed for 20 years, THEN a 2 letter call sort of meant something.

Now you have folks who don't know which end of a soldering iron to pick up running around with two letter calls...makes me almost wish I had kept my original call sign. An old 2 x 3 starting with WA or WB now has more cachet, thanks to everyone wanting everything to be easy, painless, no challenge no accomplishment.
 
RE: FCC Dismisses Radio Amateur's Petition to Revise Call Si  
by NY7Q on December 1, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
I agree completely
 
FCC Dismisses Radio Amateur's Petition to Revise Call Sign R  
by WA1RNE on December 1, 2017 Mail this to a friend!

"An old 2 x 3 starting with WA or WB now has more cachet, thanks to everyone wanting everything to be easy, painless, no challenge no accomplishment."


"Everyone" really translates to the ARRL and their sponsors - the manufacturers of commercial gear.

The license upgrades keep the ARRL and their sponsors in business while actually being a disservice to amateurs who receive these licenses, instead of coming up the ranks and going through a learning process.

Part of the problem is ham radio has been in a conundrum of sorts.

Ham radio has taken a beating from the popularity of cellphones and the Internet, while hams continue to occupy a considerable amount of HF-millimeter wave spectrum.

So what's going on these days? Radio Sport, a.k.a contests, fancy call signs, playing with 630 meters - where a full size 1/4 antenna is 496 feet long - and insuring you have a big commercial HF amplifier are high on the priority list - but experimentation and learning have taken a distant back seat.

Long ago I proposed a Demonstrated Skills Element for the test process but it didn't garner much support. I didn't petition the FCC but one would think the ARRL and their staff of experts would have come to a similar conclusion - after all, ham radio is their "bag", it's what they do and they should be pushing the service in that direction.

The sustainability of ham radio screams for a better strategy and a more sensible priority list.


 
RE: FCC Dismisses Radio Amateur's Petition to Revise Call Si  
by KC7MF on December 1, 2017 Mail this to a friend!
What nonsense. Every time this kind of issue crops up the fossils come out of the woodwork. I wonder how many hams of any origin could pass the test a couple years after taking it

Ham radio does not suffer from too many licensees. Nor is it a club with a secret hand shake. Tell you what guys. Sell your modern gear and build your station from scratch. Then get back to me. Insert eye roll here.
 
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