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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB055 (1996)

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ARLB055 FCC to open Gate 2

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ARRL Bulletin 55  ARLB055
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  August 22, 1996
To all radio amateurs

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ARLB055 FCC to open Gate 2

The FCC has announced that vanity call sign filing Gate 2 will open
September 23. Under Gate 2, Amateur Extra class licensees may
request a vanity call sign on or after that date. File requests on
FCC Form 610V.  Legibility is critical. If your application is not
legible, you could experience a delay in processing, lose the
opportunity to obtain a requested call sign or even obtain a call
sign different from what you want.

Under Gate 2, you must hold an unexpired Amateur Extra class
operator/primary station license to request a vanity call sign for
your primary station. To request a vanity call sign for a club
station under Gate 2, you must also hold an unexpired club station
license grant listing you as the license trustee. Applicants should
refer to the licensee data base to verify that a requested call sign
is not already assigned. A call sign is normally assignable two
years following license expiration, surrender, revocation, set
aside, cancellation, void ab initio, or death of the grantee.

Using Form 610V, provide a list of up to 25 call signs in the order
of preference. The first assignable call sign on the list will be
assigned to your station. Remember: When requesting a call sign
under Gate 2 for your primary or club station, the call sign must
have been unassigned for at least two years. As an Amateur Extra
class operator, you may request a call sign from any group, A, B, C
or D.

Any call sign requested must be one designated for the region of
your mailing address, as follows:

One of the contiguous 48 states: Regions 1 to 10.
Alaska: Regions 1 to 11.
American Samoa: Regions 1 to 10, or Region 13 having numeral 8.
Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands: Regions 1 to 10, or Region
13 having numeral 0.
Guam: Regions 1 to 10, or Region 13 having numeral 2.
Hawaii: Regions 1 to 10, or Region 13 having numeral 6 or 7.
Puerto Rico: Regions 1 to 10, or Region 12 having numeral 3 or 4.
Virgin Islands: Regions 1 to 10, or Region 12 having numeral 2.

For explanations of Groups A, B, C and D and the geographic Regions,
see Fact Sheet PR5000 Number 206-S, Amateur Station Sequential Call
Sign System.  For more information, see Fact Sheet PR5000 Number
206-V Amateur Station Vanity Call Sign System.

Advanced, General, Technician Plus, Technician, and Novice class
operators are not yet eligible to request by list. Advanced class
operators will be eligible at Gate 3. Others will be eligible at
Gate 4.

A separate Public Notice will be released providing guidelines for
the implementation of electronic filing procedures for FCC Form
610V.
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