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Author Topic: Potential Government Shutdown and licensing  (Read 9156 times)
N3AEG
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« on: September 29, 2013, 04:29:18 PM »

Should the government shutdown this coming week, will the FCC stop issuing new licenses? 

I'm curious since I have an application in to change my call sign.  I was hoping it would be granted this week, but I'm guessing it would be delayed should the shutdown occur.

Leo
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N3AEG
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« Reply #1 on: September 29, 2013, 04:37:45 PM »

I should have Googled first...

http://transition.fcc.gov/Plan-for-Orderly-Shutdown-September-2013.pdf
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W3HF
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« Reply #2 on: September 29, 2013, 05:36:19 PM »

Interesting stuff. Thanks for finding that.
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N3AEG
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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2013, 05:28:34 PM »

It's interesting the the FCC took the ULS database offline during the shutdown.

I really got lucky today.  They approved my vanity call sign this morning before they shutdown.
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WA2ONH
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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2013, 01:43:16 PM »

Today, the ARRL has published a status update on the FCC's shutdown at...

LINK: http://www.arrl.org/news/the-fcc-shutdown-at-a-glance

Can't do a lot until the FCC resumes normal business operations.

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N0BOE
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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2013, 12:57:00 PM »

I think "can't do a lot" is kind of an overstatement. From what I can see, this isn't that big of an issue for the ham community in general. Our licenses are not suspended. We can still file applications via the VECs who will hold them until the FCC reopens. What is this lot we can't do?

So they're not renewing licenses. According to ARRL, we can continue to operate on a license that expired after the shutdown as long as the renewal application is waiting in the FCC's mailbox when they re-open. If you're already licensed, you can keep operating.

If you upgrade, you can use your temporary designation as outlined on the back of your CSCE.

The only real hardship I see here is those folks who recently passed or will be passing a tech test will be stuck in limbo with no license. That's the worst of it, everything else seems pretty minor in comparison. (At least, just regarding the FCC and ham radio...)

Then I suppose there's vantiy callsigns too, but hey, look on the bright side, at least you have a callsign, even if you are trying to change it!

-N0BOE
(VE who signed 9 new tech CSCE forms on Sunday afternoon.)
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AC6CV
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« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2013, 06:46:05 AM »

Just playing their games. They aren't saving money just putting different info on their web site. If they wanted to save money they would shut down the entire system.   Grin
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AC6CV
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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2013, 03:58:53 PM »

Open again. I can renew then they can shut down for 10 more years.  Grin
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