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#21 Hans

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Posted 05 January 2021 - 01:22 AM

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...

I'm right there with you. I missed the 10 year rule change and it looks like I will miss the fee reduction because mine expires in February 2021. :mellow:



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Posted 23 January 2021 - 10:42 AM

Learning the hard way:

  1. Wanted radios that work better than FRS cheapies you find at Lowes/Home Depot. Bought 5 watt Midlands GXT1030. (fail)
  2. Knew I needed FCC license but didn't know to wait for 1/2 reduction in fees (fail)
  3. Happen to see a repeater in south Charlotte and thought "cool" I can use that with these radios (fail)

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#23 n4gix

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Posted 23 January 2021 - 05:39 PM

 

Learning the hard way:

  1. Wanted radios that work better than FRS cheapies you find at Lowes/Home Depot. Bought 5 watt Midlands GXT1030. (fail)
  2. Knew I needed FCC license but didn't know to wait for 1/2 reduction in fees (fail)
  3. Happen to see a repeater in south Charlotte and thought "cool" I can use that with these radios (fail)

 

On the upside though, at least you got a decent call sign! WRKL328,,,

 

I got stuck with a real tongue-twister; WQWU626, which nearly everyone misses the U and thinks my call is WQW 626!


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Posted 23 January 2021 - 09:59 PM

Hans and mainehazmt, wait for the last minute or next to last day and see if it will be reduced before Feb 2021.  I'm a member of the "I paid $70 Club" and for $7.00 a year it ok...  Well work taking your call sign if you like it..

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I'm right there with you. I missed the 10 year rule change and it looks like I will miss the fee reduction because mine expires in February 2021. :mellow:


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Posted 23 January 2021 - 11:04 PM

Hans and mainehazmt, wait for the last minute or next to last day and see if it will be reduced before Feb 2021.  I'm a member of the "I paid $70 Club" and for $7.00 a year it ok...  Well work taking your call sign if you like it..

Jack

 
IIRC, as a federal regulatory agency, it will be 30 days after they officially announce the change that it will go into effect. They said that in their response as well. Unless I missed it, I don't believe they have officially announced the change yet so my renewal would pass by and I have too much set up with our call sign to let that happen. :(


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Posted 24 January 2021 - 11:21 AM

IMHO, it is reported in the federal register calling for comment by the public on or about Dec 28.  So from my days reading the pink sheets as it is called, 30-60-90 day so makes it Jan, Feb or March.  Then as you said will take them 30 days to make the changes on the web site.  Welcome to the "I paid $70 Club".

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IIRC, as a federal regulatory agency, it will be 30 days after they officially announce the change that it will go into effect. They said that in their response as well. Unless I missed it, I don't believe they have officially announced the change yet so my renewal would pass by and I have too much set up with our call sign to let that happen. :(


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Posted 24 January 2021 - 11:36 AM

Ok, let's try to keep this in scale. If one were to renew for $70 the day before the new price went into effect. The total extent of the "damage" would be $3.50 per year over the 10 year life of the license.  That is $ 0.0095 per day, $0.067 per week, or a whopping $0.29 a month.


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Posted 24 January 2021 - 04:18 PM

Ok, let's try to keep this in scale. If one were to renew for $70 the day before the new price went into effect. The total extent of the "damage" would be $3.50 per year over the 10 year life of the license.  That is $ 0.0095 per day, $0.067 per week, or a whopping $0.29 a month.

You seriously underestimate just how cheap I am, friend. :lol:


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Posted 24 January 2021 - 05:09 PM

Good math... and perspective.

Jack

Ok, let's try to keep this in scale. If one were to renew for $70 the day before the new price went into effect. The total extent of the "damage" would be $3.50 per year over the 10 year life of the license.  That is $ 0.0095 per day, $0.067 per week, or a whopping $0.29 a month.


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Posted 24 January 2021 - 06:35 PM

$70-club? Phufffff. Whiners, no sympathy. There are people here who are members of $90-for-5-years-club. Some people are more than once members. :huh:


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Posted 11 February 2021 - 12:11 PM

For anybody wondering.... the fee was still $70 as of last week (Feb 7)

I just went ahead and paid it.  As others have said $7/year is still pretty cheap.

Use your stimulus check to pay it.

 

Vince


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Posted 12 February 2021 - 02:07 PM

On the upside though, at least you got a decent call sign! WRKL328,,,

 

I got stuck with a real tongue-twister; WQWU626, which nearly everyone misses the U and thinks my call is WQW 626!

 

DoubleQWOO - Yikes!


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Posted 19 February 2021 - 04:58 PM

 

Learning the hard way:

  1. Wanted radios that work better than FRS cheapies you find at Lowes/Home Depot. Bought 5 watt Midlands GXT1030. (fail)
  2. Knew I needed FCC license but didn't know to wait for 1/2 reduction in fees (fail)
  3. Happen to see a repeater in south Charlotte and thought "cool" I can use that with these radios (fail)

 

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Posted 19 February 2021 - 05:10 PM

Well as of today it was 70$.  I started the process the 15th of feb. but guess what when it got time to pay nothing happened.  Apparently the FCC doesn’t like Microsoft edge.  Well I tried on a different computer using google something... They took my $$. And license says pending.  We will see.... guess I better shut off my repeater....



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Posted 23 February 2021 - 08:39 PM

Well it is official they accepted my late payment (application was in on time). I get to keep my call sign and I can turn the repeater back on.  70$. Maybe I better hurry and take my AE exam  before they raise that one up!


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Posted 01 March 2021 - 09:07 AM

$70-club? Phufffff. Whiners, no sympathy. There are people here who are members of $90-for-5-years-club. Some people are more than once members. :huh:

Oh I was part of the 90$ club too.  Seems like every change goes into effect shortly after I renew.  next time to renew Ill be 72... so  this may be my last one  Ill go rogue then...


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