Where do you stand on the FCC proposal to raise fees on amateur radio licenses?
- Yes, I’m all for the fees
- No, I oppose the fees
- I don’t know, I’m undecided
- Either way, I don’t care
On August 26, 2020, the FCC issued Docket 20-270, which is an Amendment of the Schedule of Application Fees Set Forth in Sections 1.1102 through 1.1109 of the Commission’s Rules. The FCC is currently inviting comments on the proposal until an undetermined date.
In a nutshell, the FCC proposes:
- $50 application fee for new and renewal amateur radio licenses
- $50 fee for license upgrades
- $50 fee for vanity licenses (the vanity license fee was eliminated a few years ago)
- $50 fee for a printed copy of the license
So far the comments from hams are overwhelmingly against this, with a few exceptions. You can read the growing list of comments here. You can also file a comment to the FCC Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS). If so, you will want to post it to MD Docket No. 20-270.
We plan to cover this in the next episode of The Two Way Radio Show Podcast, and welcome comments here to be included in the show. If we read yours on the show, we’ll send you a T-shirt!