From ARRL Headquarters–Newington, CT March 26, 2003. The FCC proposed March 26 increasing the regulatory fee to apply for, renew or reinstate an Amateur Radio vanity call sign from$14.50 to $16.30 this fall.
The Commission included the new fee in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) "Assessment and Collection of Regulatory Fees for Fiscal Year 2003" (MD 03-83), released today.
The closing date for comments on the new fee schedule is April 25. Reply comments are due by May 5.
"We estimate that 9800 applicants will apply for vanity call signs in FY2003," the FCC said in its NPRM. That's up by 800 from FY2002. It expects to collect revenues of nearly $160,000, an increase of almost $30,000 from FY2002.
The FCC NPRM also seeks comments on its efforts to review, streamline and modernize its fee assessment and collection processes and procedures. "We welcome comment on a broad range of options in this regard," the FCC said. Areas of particular interest includesuggestions for improve- ment in the agency's electronic payment system.
Interested parties may comment via the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) on the web at, http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs. Enter "MD 03-83" in the "Proceeding" field. Electronic comments bye-mail also are welcome.
Karen Smith, KB2UUC, would like to thank the large turnout for our 1st Public Service event for 2003 a few weeks ago. For those of you that missed it we had the "Running of the Green" over in Green Island on Saturday, March 8. This race was sponsored by the Hudson / Mohawk Runner Assn., under the direction of Ken Skinner and Karen Smith-KB2UUC.
Those that participated were: