FCC Seeking Comment on Vanity Call Sign Rule Changes

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is inviting comments on proposed changes to its regulations regarding the assignment of vanity call signs for amateur radio operators.

According to the ARRL, the national association for amateur radio operators, the invitation for comment comes in response to a Petition for Rulemaking filed by Christopher LaRue, a Nevada amateur radio operator. In his Petition, LaRue contends that holders of vanity call licenses are regularly filing requests for additional vanity call signs, thereby making them unavailable to other operators. He requests that the Commission mandate that vanity call sign licensees be required to maintain their license for its full term, thereby helping to reduce the incentive to apply for multiple vanity call signs.

The complete text of the ARRL’s posting on the FCC’s call for comment on its vanity call sign rule is available at http://www.arrl.org/news/rule-making-petition-to-fcc-calls-for-vanity-call-sign-rule-changes.

Comments can be posted to the Commission’s electronic comment filing system through November 25th at www.fcc.gov/ecfs.

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