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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB027 (1998)

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ARLB027 League supports lower vanity fee schedule

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ARRL Bulletin 27  ARLB027
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  April 24, 1998
To all radio amateurs

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ARLB027 League supports lower vanity fee schedule

The ARRL says it supports the proposed lower fee to obtain a vanity
call sign. The FCC proposed recently in its fiscal year 1998 fee
schedule that vanity filers would pay just 12 dollar(s).90 for the ten year
term, once the new schedule goes into effect later this year. That's
the lowest fee in the history of the vanity program. Originally,
vanity applicants paid 30 dollar(s) for the privilege of selecting a 
specific
call sign. The fee jumped to 50 dollar(s) in September of 1997, just in time
for Gate 3 filers but not in time for Gate 4 filers to take
advantage of the 30 dollar(s) fee.

In comments filed April 22 with the FCC, the League called the wide
variation in fees over the life of the vanity program ''clearly
inequitable'' and said the FCC should have handled the matter
differently. The League called the proposed 12 dollar(s).90 fee 
''reasonable''
and urged its adoption ''as soon as possible.''
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