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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB083 (1996)

ARLB083 Vanity call update

ARRL Bulletin 83  ARLB083
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  November 19, 1996
To all radio amateurs

ARLB083 Vanity call update

Vanity update: The ticket's in the mail.

The FCC says hard copies of the November 4 grants were mailed on
November 8 and November 12, so new call sign holders should have
their new tickets soon. Unsuccessful applicants will get dismissal
notices once the FCC works through its stack of WIPS--or
works-in-process-- those applications that need some kind of special
handling. As many as 550 first-day applications ended up in the WIPS
pile, either because the FCC was unable to match one of the
applicant's call sign choices or because the application had other
problems. Some of these were as simple as a date of birth on an
application that was missing or failed to match one already in the
FCC's database. Others included an incorrect call sign on an
application, a name change not reported, or putting first and last
name in the wrong order.

If you're in the WIPS pile for a reason other than ''no match,'' a new
call sign already may have been attached to your application. So
far, there have been 3805 successful Gate 2 applicants. Many 1x2
call signs remain. As of this week, more than 6000 1x2 calls in all
US districts remained available. The FCC has not said when it will
process the approximately 1400 Gate 2 applications that were
received after September 23, the opening day for Gate 2.

If your application is dismissed, you will have to apply to the FCC
in writing to obtain a refund of your application fee. The FCC will
not apply your first 30 dollar(s) filing fee toward a second application. 
must request a refund if you want your money back.