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Amateur Radio Club Station Licenses

                  INFORMATION, RULES AND FILING PROCEDURES

A club station license allows members of an amateur radio club to have a station operating under a club call sign. The license is granted only to the trustee of the club. It conveys no operating privileges.

The FCC no longer processes regular Club license applications (since January 2001), only new vanity club call sign requests and vanity license renewals.
All other club application types must be filed through an FCC approved Club Station Call Sign Administrator (CSCSA), an amateur radio organization that has agreed to provide voluntary, uncompensated and unreimbursed services for processing these types of applications. ARRL VEC is an FCC approved CSCSA.

FCC Rules

  • Club Station License Rules

    Below are a few FCC Rules pertaining to club licenses. The complete list of FCC Part 97 Amateur Radio Services Rules and Regulations may be viewed here on the ARRL Web.

  • FCC rules 97.5(b)(2) and 97.17(d)

    FCC rule 97.5(b)(2)  A club station license. 
    A club station license is granted only to the person who is the license trustee designated by an officer of the club. The trustee must be a person who holds an operator/primary station license grant. The club must be composed of at least four persons and must have a name, a document of organization, management, and a primary purpose devoted to amateur service activities consistent with this part. 

    According to FCC rules to be granted a club station license, a club should have a document of organization (minutes, bylaws, charter, etc.), a list of current officers (management), a list of members (at least four persons) and a license trustee designated by an officer of the club. An amateur can only be the trustee of one valid club station. A Club station may not hold more than one valid vanity call sign.

    FCC rule 97.17(d)   Application for new license grant.
    For a new club or military recreation station license grant:
    One unique call sign will be shown on the license grant of each new primary, club and military recreation station. The call sign will be selected by the sequential call sign system. Effective February 14, 2011, no club station license grants will be issued to a licensee who is shown as the license trustee on an existing club station license grant.

  • FCC Docket -Club License Rule Changes

    FCC Rulemaking Wt Docket No. 09-209 effective February 14, 2011.
    An amateur can only be the trustee of one valid club station. A trustee may continue to serve the clubs that they are currently trustee of but may not be designated the trustee of any additional clubs after February 13, 2011.

    A Club station may not hold more than one valid vanity call sign.
    There is normally a two year wait period after the cancellation of a call sign before it is available to be applied for as a vanity call sign. However, there are exceptions to this two year wait period. Please refer to the "FCC Rules" section of the Vanity Call Sign Web page for additional information.

Club Station License

  • Application Filing Procedures

    An Amateur Radio Club license or Military Recreation Station license is obtained by filing with a Club Station Call Sign Administrator (CSCSA).

  • Step by Step Filing Instructions


    1.  Obtain ARRL VEC Form 605-C from the ARRL's FCC Amateur Radio Forms page.  The club license trustee must complete the form. The trustee and another responsible club official must sign the form in the appropriate places.  

    2.  Use ARRL VEC Form 605-C to apply for a new or modify an existing CLUB STATION LICENSE or to renew a Club Station License.  Vanity Club License Renewals may be submitted through the FCC or CSCSA.  Use this form to apply for a new or modify an existing MILITARY RECREATION STATION LICENSE. Military recreation stations are not eligible for a vanity call sign. 
    PLEASE NOTE:  An amateur can only be the trustee of one valid club station. A trustee may continue to serve the clubs that they are currently trustee of but may not be designated the trustee of any additional clubs after February 13, 2011. A club station may not hold more than one valid vanity call sign.

    3.  Enter information into the interactive form or print clearly in ink. The application must be signed by two different individuals.

    4.  Complete all applicable fields on this form - telephone number is optional, but supplying this information is recommended.

    5.  For modifications and renewals, if available, attach a copy of the current station license. 

    6.  Section 1 -- Application Purpose: Check all boxes that apply.

    7.  Section 2 -- Applicant (Trustee) Information: Fill in the proposed or new trustee's name and call sign information; include telephone and email information.  A valid e-mail address must be given to receive an official copy of the license from FCC. The license will not be mailed.

    8.  Section 3 -- Club Information: Fill in the name of the club, club station call sign (unless the application is for a new license) and the US Mail address to which the license will be mailed; optionally, include telephone and e-mail information. If the club has already been issued a Federal Registration Number (FRN) in the CORES program, include FRN in the space provided. If the club has been issued an EIN (Employer Identification Number) by the Internal Revenue Service, enter that number in the space provided. If the club has not been issued either an FRN or an EIN, leave this space blank. DO NOT enter a personal Social Security Number or FRN number.

    9.  Section 4 -- Certification:  The FCC Basic Qualification Question only applies to the license applicant (trustee). This item enables the FCC to determine whether an Applicant is eligible under §§ 310(d) and 308(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, to hold or have ownership interest in a station license. Applicants are required to answer the question only if 1) they are filing for one of the following purposes indicated: New or Modification (Call sign change); and 2) the answer has changed from the answer previously provided. Applicants using the form for any other purpose are not required to answer this question. When answering “YES” to the Basic Qualification Question you must follow the FCC instructions and procedures which may be viewed on the FCC Basic Qualification Question webpage.  

              Club Station Licenses
              This section must be signed by the club license trustee (applicant)
              and by another responsible club official. The trustee must hold a
              valid FCC issued amateur license of any class. The responsible club
              official must be an officer of the club. He or she MUST NOT be the
              same person as the club license trustee. Only the trustee or an
             
    officer of the club may mail the original completed and signed
             
    form to a Club Station Call Sign Administrator (CSCSA).

              Military Recreation Station Licenses
              The signature of the applicant for a military recreation station must be that
              of the official in charge of a station provided for the recreational use of
              amateur radio operators, under the military auspices of the Armed Forces
              of the United States. The applicant need not be an amateur radio operator.
              The signature of the responsible official for a military recreation license must
              be that of the official in charge of the United States Government premises
              where the military recreation station is located. The official need not be an
              amateur radio operator. The responsible official MUST NOT be the same
              as the applicant.

    10.  Return this form by mail, e-mail, or fax to:

                ARRL VEC
                225 Main Street
                Newington, CT 06111  USA
               
    fax: (860)594-0339
                e-mail: vec@arrl.org


    11. 
    Please be prepared to provide copies of the organizational documents as required by FCC rules. If you are submitting an application for a change of trustee or change in the club name, we require that supporting documentation (club minutes, officer meeting, etc.) reflecting that change be sent with the form.

    Questions?  Call ARRL VEC at:  (860)594-0300

Military Recreation

  • Information

    A military recreation station license is an amateur service station license granted only to a person who is the license custodian designated by the official in charge of the United States military recreational premises where the station is located. The person need not hold an amateur operator license grant. 

  • FCC Rule 97.5(b)(3)

    A military recreation station license grant.
    A military recreation station license grant may be held only by the person who is the license custodian designated by the official in charge of the United States military recreational premises where the station is situated. The person must not be a representative of a foreign government. The person need not hold an amateur operator license grant.

    Military recreation stations are not eligible for a vanity call sign per FCC Rule 97.19(a).
     

  • Filing Procedures

    Military recreation stations follow the same "application filing procedures" as Amateur Radio clubs.
     

Additional Information

  • Questions?

    Questions may be directed to:

    ARRL VEC, 225 Main St., Newington, CT 06111
    phone:  (860) 594-0300 
    email:  vec@arrl.org
     

  • Club Station Call Sign Administrator (CSCSA)

    A club or military recreation station may apply for a station license grant by filing with a Club Station Call Sign Administrator (CSCSA), an amateur radio organization that has agreed to provide voluntary, uncompensated and unreimbursed services for processing applications. There are three FCC-approved CSCSA servicing the Amateur Radio community.

    ARRL is an FCC approved CSCSA. 

    Two other organizations have been designated by the FCC as CSCSA's. Applicants desiring to file their applications with either W4VEC or W5YI-VEC are advised to contact these organizations for specifics regarding their filing practices.