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Author Topic: FCC Time Zone  (Read 2101 times)
AC7CW
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« on: April 29, 2015, 12:42:14 PM »

If one wants to apply for a callsign the moment it becomes available, what time zone is applicable?
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WW3QB
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« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2015, 03:58:06 PM »

From http://www.ae7q.com/query/text/Explain.php#Dates

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receipt date  of an application is the first Federal workday on or after the day the FCC (or their bank, if a paper application is filed with a payment) actually receives the application (for online applications, up until 23:59 ET).

There is no advantage to being the first application of the day. If there are multiple applications for the same call on the same day one application will be chosen at random.

Also see http://www.ae7q.com/query/text/Vanity.php
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K1CJS
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« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2015, 04:45:22 PM »

I would venture the Eastern timezone, since the FCC administrative offices are there (Washington, DC and vicinity)
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W3HF
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« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2015, 07:50:28 PM »

What's more relevant is "in what time zone is the deadline?"

As WW3QB stated, there's no advantage to being first. All you have to do is file on the first day it becomes available. If there is more than one application for the call, everyone who applies during that first day has an equal chance of being the first application processed. The important thing is that your application is filed on that first day so you are in the "lottery." And K1CJS is right--the deadline is based on the Eastern time zone.

But "first day" is really "first business day", so weekends don't count and neither do Federal holidays. So the real deadline is midnight Eastern time on the first business day (non-weekend and non-Federal holiday) on or after the day the callsign becomes available to the vanity system.
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