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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB089 (1996)

ARLB089 Vanity call update

ARRL Bulletin 89  ARLB089
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  December 10, 1996
To all radio amateurs

ARLB089 Vanity call update

As FCC personnel in Gettysburg work their way through the vanity
applications that arrived after the September 23 opening day for
Gate 2, more new call signs have begun to show up on the airwaves.
As of this week, vanity applications received in mid to late October
were being processed and another 1700 or so new call signs issued as
of December 4. The FCC is still working through several hundred
applications set aside in the WIPS (''works in process'') stack for
special handling, although Gettysburg reports WIPS have been
processed for applications received up through September 27. WIPS
includes applications containing inconsistencies as well as those
for which the FCC was unable to issue any of the applicants'
choices. An FCC spokesman in Gettysburg said he didn't know how long
it would take to process the current WIPS stack.

The FCC received another 955 vanity applications between November 8
and November 25. It appears that slightly more vanity applicants now
file electronically than on paper.

Club station trustees who recently received a new call sign might
have noticed that FCC records for their club stations are not
automatically updated to reflect the change in the trustee's call
sign. This will not happen until the club files a Form 610 for
change of address or renewal (within 90 days of club license
expiration).  The FCC does not intend to replace club station
license documents that show a non current trustee call sign.