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Author Topic: Lifetime ham licenses?  (Read 1664 times)
VA3BRR
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« Reply #15 on: February 06, 2006, 12:56:33 PM »

My license is good for life.  A few years ago Canada started issueing licenses for life.  
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« Reply #16 on: February 06, 2006, 01:50:52 PM »

Tnx all for the responses. I agree with just about all the opinions.

I can't imagine for the life of me though why everybody wouldn't like a lifetime call, right? I think those who dissagree must have a problem.  73's Bill
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K7PEH
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« Reply #17 on: February 06, 2006, 02:11:21 PM »

AC6IJ:  I can't imagine for the life of me though why everybody wouldn't like a lifetime call, right? I think those who dissagree must have a problem.



The call signs are lifetime.  The FCC only want's you go acknowledge that you are still alive every 10 years by doing a little tiny bit of paper work and sending in a small fee.

It's not as if you surrender and give up your call sign every 10 years -- indeed, you keep your call sign.  And, with the grace period of, what is it, 2 years, the FCC goes to great lengths to assure that you keep your call sign.

I don't see the problem here.  It is easier to renew your FCC license then it is to pay a few monthly bills and most people do that on a monthly basis.
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W3LK
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« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2006, 08:49:48 AM »

<< I can't imagine for the life of me though why everybody wouldn't like a lifetime call, right? >>

 A lifetime license makes absolutely no difference to me. I don't see how doing something only once every 10 years is such a burden. Again, I think the "lazy" factor is at work here.

<< I think those who dissagree must have a problem. >>

What problem? I'm not trying to start an argument, but why does someone have a "problem" if they disagree with you? What kind of "problem" do you think they have?

73,

Lon W3LK
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WB4QNG
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« Reply #19 on: February 10, 2006, 06:16:52 PM »

My quess is to get rid of the dead hams off the records. If I was younger I would be really be pushing for it. I mean when all us old men are dead in 20 to 30 years you could be pointing you how many hams there are even though 1/2 of them dead. Good idea.
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« Reply #20 on: February 11, 2006, 10:31:07 PM »

To W3lk, the state of Colorado lets you renew by mail and they use the last picture of you and if your license is renewable then you get a 10 license in the mail. I know the license I now have was done thru the mail.

I agree about the different ways of renewing your HAM license, and even tho all was mentioned except one and that is the VEC application if you can get a 601 or 605 or whatever the number is.  My license is a Vanity and initially cost me $50.00 but I understand it is now just $21.00 and change so when the time is up I will get on the FCC website and do it that way.  Quick, easy and only takes about 15 minutes or so depending on your typing speed and/or spelling.

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W9GB
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« Reply #21 on: February 13, 2006, 09:35:57 AM »

Use to be a FAQ in the exam books.  

It is the difference in legal definitons and recognition by FCC of a STATION license and OPERATOR license.

An amatuer radio license is actually BOTH.

You local television or radio broadcast station is granted a STATION license -- that has to be renewed on a regualr basis (remember the PSA about renewal of your local station's license and you as a resident and citizen can file your comemnts on their renewal with the FCC?).  

Employees (engineers, technicinas and DJs using mixing board/monitoring trasnmitter) responsible for the trasnmiting equipment had to be licensed (old First, Second and Third Class Radiotelephone Operator license) at the station.

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