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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB037 (2001)

ARLB037 Lower Amateur Radio Vanity Fee is Effective September 10

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ARRL Bulletin 37  ARLB037
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  August 31, 2001
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB037 Lower Amateur Radio Vanity Fee is Effective September 10

The FCC says the fee for a new or renewed Amateur Radio vanity call
sign will drop to $12 on September 10. Applications received on or
after that date will be subject to the new fee. The current vanity
call sign fee is $14.

The FCC proposed the lower fee last March in a Notice of Proposed
Rulemaking for the Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for
FY 2001. The FCC has estimated that 8000 applicants will apply for
vanity call signs in the current fiscal year.

Earlier this year, the FCC also put paper and electronic vanity call
sign applications on an equal footing in terms of processing
priority. The FCC used to give priority to electronic applications
for vanity call signs.

FCC rules stipulate refunds for applicants who inadvertently overpay
a regulatory fee. Applicants who determine that they overpaid a
vanity fee may request a refund in writing. Requests seeking a
''Vanity Fee Overpayment Refund'' go to FCC, 1270 Fairfield Rd,
Gettysburg PA 17325-7245. Refund requests should indicate the date
of application, the total fee paid, and the total refund owed.

For more information, visit the FCC Amateur Radio Web page, .