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#1 Michael A Martin

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Posted 31 December 2020 - 04:25 AM

The FCC has lowered the fee proposed from $50 to $35 for GMRS licenses and Amateur Radio licenses. Effective date is unknown but should be announced around 30 days prior to taking effect. See the attached Report & Order (12/29/2020).
https://docs.fcc.gov...CC-20-184A1.pdf (See pages 85 and 86 of fee schedule, which shows the fees for GMRS and Amateur Radio. I've attached a snap shot of it below.

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Posted 31 December 2020 - 11:16 AM

So if I read Michael attachment correctly, save on the fee.  So if you are thinking about getting or renewing your GMRS call sign, wait 30 days... per the attached will be $35. (see paragraph 40 or so).  You will save half off the current $70 fee.  I got my GMRS call sign in November so I made a $35 donation, that is life, have been enjoying the process to this point.  

 

The FCC has lowered the fee proposed from $50 to $35 for GMRS licenses and Amateur Radio licenses. Effective date is unknown but should be announced around 30 days prior to taking effect. See the attached Report & Order (12/29/2020).
https://docs.fcc.gov...CC-20-184A1.pdf (See pages 85 and 86 of fee schedule, which shows the fees for GMRS and Amateur Radio. I've attached a snap shot of it below.


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Posted 31 December 2020 - 03:08 PM

Maybe this will get more into the net.



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Posted 31 December 2020 - 03:32 PM

Well that sucks cause my license don't expire until 2028. I really wished they did this earlier

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Posted 31 December 2020 - 04:18 PM

Nothing stopping you from giving them another $35, since it is such a good deal.

Well that sucks cause my license don't expire until 2028. I really wished they did this earlier



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Posted 31 December 2020 - 04:29 PM

One part of me agrees with you and my better half see the glass more then half full and I have been up and running even if I paid $35 extra...  I have meet a lot of new friends like you.  Found the biggest and best Repeater that I gave him $500 donation as it is cheaper the putting up a repeater....  His mountain is twice as high as mine.  I'm way ahead and my G daughter is loving this GMRS we been playing with since mid November call sign issued...

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Well that sucks cause my license don't expire until 2028. I really wished they did this earlier



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Posted 31 December 2020 - 05:32 PM

I hope to not expire before my current license in 2027.   :unsure:


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Posted 31 December 2020 - 05:55 PM

So if I read Michael attachment correctly, save on the fee.  So if you are thinking about getting or renewing your GMRS call sign, wait 30 days... per the attached will be $35. (see paragraph 40 or so).  You will save half off the current $70 fee.  I got my GMRS call sign in November so I made a $35 donation, that is life, have been enjoying the process to this point.  

 

That is incorrect. The actual fee for a GMRS license is not stated at all. The reader is told to refer to the Wireless Tellecomunications Bureau Fee Filing Guide. As far as I know the fee for GMRS is still $70...

 

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Posted 31 December 2020 - 06:56 PM

That is incorrect. The actual fee for a GMRS license is not stated at all. The reader is told to refer to the Wireless Tellecomunications Bureau Fee Filing Guide. As far as I know the fee for GMRS is still $70...

 

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The GMRS fee is still $70, but only because the new fee structure has not gone into effect.  

 

GMRS, amateur, and a lot of others are classified as "personal licenses" and they will all be $35 (page 85 of the PDF in the first post).  Thankfully, change-of-address will not have the fee.  

 

EDIT:  I see the what n4gix means.  Seems the FCC document is a bit contradictory.  


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Posted 31 December 2020 - 08:08 PM

Take a look in the document for the following:

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Let us know if you concur that the fee will be lowered to $35 or if you interpret no change.

BTW, I agree that new fees are not in effect. I have not seen yet a date they go live.

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Posted 31 December 2020 - 10:01 PM

Well this should be good news when the fee is officially lowered. I have a friend that is part of an off road Jeep group and they want to switch to either Ham or GMRS just for their own group. I understand that the national group has moved to GMRS, so this should be welcomed news to them.

 

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Posted 31 December 2020 - 10:14 PM

I'm hoping the cost does get lowered for the same reason.  Our local off-road/Jeep group (I'm a newish member) looks to be moving to GMRS. I'd like to encourage that with these folks but don't really want to be the one to pressure them to get licensed.  I plan to bring up the topic Saturday during our run. Might be more attractive at $35 but these guys can afford $70.   I'll bring my 3 HT and talk to them about the 25w mobiles I'm installing in the XJ and the X4 Wolverine.  There are a few lightly used repeaters in the area and I think it would be a hoot to take advantage of them while offroading different areas. 

Another group is a free, no charge, just for fun, 'off-road' rescue group with a helluva bunch of guys with very capable rigs.  They just hang out and gang up for a rescue when requested, and have done some amazing stuff.

 

Hell's bells, maybe we could find a good spot for a repeater of our own.  


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Posted 31 December 2020 - 10:59 PM

In my past life I would read the Federal Register pink sheets which is after posted, printed, will be the rule 30 days from posting unless the objections are overwhelming... So in 30 day it will be the new rule...  


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Posted 01 January 2021 - 04:33 AM

That is incorrect. The actual fee for a GMRS license is not stated at all. The reader is told to refer to the Wireless Tellecomunications Bureau Fee Filing Guide. As far as I know the fee for GMRS is still $70...

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Yes, currently the fee is $70, but once the new ruling goes into effect it will be $35 for a new or renewed GMRS license.

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Posted 01 January 2021 - 08:07 AM

... Let us know if you concur that the fee will be lowered to $35 or if you interpret no change.
 

 

Concur!  The key is the comma in : New licenses, modifications

That should be read as New licenses and/or modifications.

And, there is the new license $35 fee!


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Posted 01 January 2021 - 11:55 AM

Well this should be good news when the fee is officially lowered. I have a friend that is part of an off road Jeep group and they want to switch to either Ham or GMRS just for their own group. I understand that the national group has moved to GMRS, so this should be welcomed news to them.

 

https://jeepjamboree...two-way-radios/

 

They dabbled with this last year and I know there are a few threads on JJ and GMRS. On my last JJ in October very few were using GMRS. There was also a huge loss in reality as most of the guides I spoke to said that JJ was licensed and they did not need one. I tried to educate each guide I had but I don't see many getting the license regardless of the cost. Most don't see a need and when they open the box and install it just works. That's part of the issue. Hopefully someone at JJ realizes what is needed and educates at least their guides. 

 

As for actual usage both days i had one guide that had a GMRS radio. It wasn't used at all but I did scan the whole weekend and some groups were using GMRS. Most of my groups were new riders and were on CB. 



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Posted 01 January 2021 - 06:37 PM

So I'm 74 yo and my license expires in 11/17/2030.  I may not live that long so have my G daughter going to apply for her GMRS as I can not transfer it to her....  Just joking happy whatever God choose for me and my exit plan to heaven.   G daughter is tasting the GMRS... 

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I hope to not expire before my current license in 2027.   :unsure:


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Posted 01 January 2021 - 06:48 PM

I’m due to renew guy feb 22 2021. The way Gov works I again will get screwed.  Happened at the 5 yr vs 10 year change and now this.  Plus I had planned on upgrading to AE on the ham side...


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Posted 01 January 2021 - 07:23 PM

The new fee is not a big deal for me. I have 9-1/2 years to go on my current 10 year license. My first two license were $90 +/- for each of my first two five-year licenses, so the current $70 was a welcome change. My luck it will be $500 in 2030 when I am up for renewal again.


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Posted 01 January 2021 - 08:58 PM

Good viewpoint... based on where you are at at the time....

The new fee is not a big deal for me. I have 9-1/2 years to go on my current 10 year license. My first two license were $90 +/- for each of my first two five-year licenses, so the current $70 was a welcome change. My luck it will be $500 in 2030 when I am up for renewal again.


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