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Author Topic: FCC renewal notice?  (Read 4017 times)
KI4HOT
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« on: July 30, 2014, 11:09:51 AM »

I know when my license expires, but does the FCC send a renewal/expiration notice prior?
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AA4PB
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2014, 11:22:15 AM »

No, it's up to you to renew at the proper time. If you are an ARRL member, you can sign up to have them notify you when its time to renew.
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KG6AF
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2014, 11:24:12 AM »

I know when my license expires, but does the FCC send a renewal/expiration notice prior?

No.

Google Calendar is your friend.
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N3QE
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2014, 11:24:23 AM »

I do not think there is one from the FCC.

The ARRL and some other ham clubs, do send out paper and/or electronic notices and/or radiogram notices as a courtesy to their members, e.g. http://www.arrl.org/expiration-notices
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N2EY
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2014, 11:29:03 AM »

The FCC does NOT send out expiration notices! It is left to the licensee to remember.

There is a limited "time window" for renewal. You have 90 days before expiration, and 2 years after expiration. The 2 year period is often called the "grace period".

If you apply for, and get, a vanity callsign, you get a new 10 year license term regardless of where in the term the old license was.

If you upgrade or modify your license, you do NOT automatically get a renewal.

73 de Jim, N2EY
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AA4PB
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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2014, 11:33:06 AM »

Remember that you cannot operate while you are in the 2 year grace period. During that time the FCC is "holding" your call sign for you but you don't have a valid license.
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KI4HOT
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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2014, 11:46:55 AM »

Thanks for the assistance. This is my first renewal. I do not have to take the test again correct?.....just renew?
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K6CPO
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« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2014, 11:52:52 AM »

Thanks for the assistance. This is my first renewal. I do not have to take the test again correct?.....just renew?

Correct...
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N2EY
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« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2014, 12:44:41 PM »

Remember that you cannot operate while you are in the 2 year grace period. During that time the FCC is "holding" your call sign for you but you don't have a valid license.


Sort of.

If you send in a renewal application before the expiration date, but the expiration date passes and FCC hasn't acted on it yet, you can still operate. However, if you send in a renewal application after the expiration date, you can't operate until the FCC acts on it.

In practice, FCC processes routine renewals so fast that the above almost never is an issue.

You can renew online in a few minutes, too. Easy as can be.

73 de Jim, N2EY
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« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2014, 01:41:27 PM »

Remember that you cannot operate while you are in the 2 year grace period. During that time the FCC is "holding" your call sign for you but you don't have a valid license.

Agree with the "you cannot operate part", but "your" call sign is not being held exclusively for you during those two years unless you are the one and only licensee to have ever held it.

If there was a previous licensee, either that licensee (if still alive) or her/his close relatives or a club of which s/he was a member (if deceased) can claim it during that same two-year window. So you may be at risk if you are not prompt.
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