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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB046 (1999)

ARLB046 FCC Delays Universal Licensing System for Amateur Radio

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ARRL Bulletin 46  ARLB046
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  July 16, 1999
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB046 FCC Delays Universal Licensing System for Amateur Radio

Ham radio will not become part of the FCC's new Universal Licensing
System until August 16. The FCC has postponed ULS deployment for the
Amateur Service for two weeks while it deals with several issues
raised over the past few weeks by Volunteer Examiner Coordinators
and others. The ULS was to have gone into effect for hams starting
August 2.

The FCC also said that any amateur licensee telephone numbers the
FCC collects or already has collected will not be made available to
the public.

Supplying a telephone number, fax number or e-mail address when
registering for or using the ULS is optional.

The FCC will issue a Public Notice soon that will outline transition
issues, filing instructions and other information.

The FCC already has warned that applicants should anticipate
processing delays during the first couple of weeks the ULS is in
effect. In addition, daily amateur database updates may not be
posted to the Internet until all the kinks are worked out.

Registration in the ULS is required in order to receive FCC services
in the future. Individuals eligible to hold a Social Security Number
must provide this number to the FCC in order to be registered in the
ULS. To register, visit and click on
''TIN/Call Sign Registration.''

For more information and frequently asked questions about the
impending ULS, visit


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