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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB019 (2010)

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ARLB019 Vanity Call Sign Fees to Decrease August 17

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ARRL Bulletin 19  ARLB019
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  July 22, 2010
To all radio amateurs 

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ARLB019 Vanity Call Sign Fees to Decrease August 17

On July 19, the Federal Communications Commission announced via the
Federal Register that the cost of an Amateur Radio vanity call sign
will decrease 10 cents, from $13.40 to $13.30. The new fees take
effect 30 days after publication, making August 17, 2010, the first
day the new fee is in effect.

In FY2010, the FCC expects to grant 14,800 vanity call signs,
bringing in $196,840 from the vanity call sign program.  Earlier
this year, the FCC released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and
Order (NPRM), seeking to lower the fee for Amateur Radio vanity call
signs.

The notice in the July 19, 2010 edition of the Federal Register --
entitled "Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal
Year 2010; Final Rule" -- includes all FCC regulatory fees; these
fees are expected to recover a total of $336,712,213 during FY2010,
encompassing all the Services the FCC regulates.

The FCC is authorized by the Communications Act of 1934, As Amended,
to collect vanity call sign fees to recover the costs associated
with that program. The vanity call sign regulatory fee is payable
not only when applying for a new vanity call sign, but also upon
renewing a vanity call sign for a new 10 year term.
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