Updated April 24, 2022 08:37:22
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FCC Topics of Interest
FCC Resumes Processing License Applications
Source: ARRL News - 5/9/2022
FCC Delays in Issuing New Amateur Radio Licenses Continue
April 27, 2022
Problems began mid-day on Tuesday, April 19, the day the new $35 license application fee went into effect, when the FCC Universal Licensing System (ULS) electronic batch filing (EBF) system went down. Although the FCC restored the system shortly thereafter, the Commission has not be able to process successfully applications requiring the payment of a fee, including issuing new call signs. The FCC has been processing upgrade applications without issues because there are no fees required for those applications.
Amateur radio license filings are currently on hold until further notice. The FCC did not estimate how long the system would be down.
Read the full story here.
FCC $35 Amateur Application Fee Effective April 19
March 23, 2022
The FCC released a Public Notice on March 23, 2022, stating that the amateur radio application fees, including those associated with Form 605 application filings, would become effective on April 19, 2022. The Federal Communications Commission's authority to impose and collect fees is mandated by Congress.
The $35 application fee, when it becomes effective on April 19, will apply to new, modification (upgrade and sequential call sign change), renewal, and vanity call sign applications. The fee will be per application.
Administrative updates, such as a change of name, mailing or email address, will be exempt from fees.
Read full story here.
License Appplications now require FRN prior to submission
May 20, 2021
Amateur Radio Applications may no longer use your Social Security Number. As of May 20,2021 the application must include the applicants FRN number for submission. This means you must register with the FCC and get your FRN before your application can be submitted.
The FCC has provided a CORES Registration Video describing the process of registering with the FCC and obtaining your FRN.
Updated Radio Frequency Exposure Rules Became Effective on May 3, 2021
April 12, 2021
The rule changes the FCC described in a lengthy 2019 Report and Order governing RF exposure standards went into effect on May 3, 2021. The new rules do not change existing RF exposure (RFE) limits but do require that stations in all services, including amateur radio, be evaluated against existing limits, unless they are exempted.
Read the full story here.
Note: Here are some links to RF Exposure information that may be of use:
ARRL RF Exposure ARRL's coverage of this subject.
RF Exposure and You ARRL Pdf by Ed Hare, W1RF, ARRL Lab Supervisor
RF Exposure Calculator v2.2 (2021-05-07) by Paul Evans, VP9KF , Hintlink Technology.
RF Exposure Calculator from Lake Wasington Ham Club
RF Exposure Calculator Spreadseet" From Ham Radio School