[amsat-bb] FCC License Question

Dave Mann cwo4mann at comcast.net
Thu Jul 7 14:47:39 UTC 2016

I renewed mine via the ARRL Program at no cost.  I received a confirmation letter and an e-mail in a couple of weeks.  I went to the FCC Web site and confirmed my new expiry date and then printed a paper copy of the license from that site.  I also received several "official looking" letters from independent VEC entities urging me to renew using their services for a fee.  I ignored and shredded those.   Those independent operations scan the FCC Database and send advertisements for their services.  We've come a long way since I received my first license in 1955!


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> On Jul 7, 2016, at 09:39, Thomas Doyle <tomdoyle1948 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Has anyone renewed their ham license recently. I renewed mine online and it
> appeared to work.
> I received two very official looking letters from the FCC within a week of
> submitting the application.
> First one was "Ref: CORES Registration Update".
> Second one was "Ref: PSQ Request for your CORES FRN:xxxxxxxxx". This letter
> indicates
> "Entity Type: INDIVIDUAL ENTITY" which is reassuring.
> Neither letter indicates anything is wrong nor does it mention anything
> about a license. I realize that the federal government is drowning in the
> paper work mess they have created to give them something to do but this is
> a bit much.
> Do they ever send you an actual paper license ? I need to send a copy to
> the DMV to renew my ham plates. It has been almost 4 weeks. I sent in a
> request for duplicate license after three weeks.
> TNX W9KE Tom Doyle
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