Anybody apply for a vanity call sign since the fee was cancelled? Any word on about how long it takes to hear back from th FCC?
My application went in 7 days ago. Still waiting...
looks like you will get your new call on Sept. 29: http://ae7q.com/query/data/FrnHistory.php?FRN=0010018794
The 18-20 day wait that has existed since the vanity program was started had two reasons for its existence. The first was to allow time for manual entry of paper applications that were mailed to the FCC, since Internet access is not a requirement for holding an FCC license. This manual entry process took some period of time, and was necessary so that paper apps received on a given day would be processed simultaneously with electronic apps received the same day. The second reason was to allow some period of time for checks to clear, so that assignments would not have to be backed out if a check were to be returned for NSF.
Although the second reason no longer applies, the first is still in play, even though I suspect that an overwhelming majority of vanity apps are now electronic. (The Internet is much more ubiquitous in 2015 than it was in 1996.) And everything I've read indicates that the FCC is not going to bother (at this time) making the change in its software to process vanity applications on a shorter timeline. So the AE7Q predictions should hold true, at least for the immediate future.