[amsat-bb] FCC License Question

Patrick STODDARD (WD9EWK/VA7EWK) amsat-bb at wd9ewk.net
Thu Jul 7 21:51:43 UTC 2016


Anyone could Photoshop an "Official Copy" license document for
printing, even if the PDF carried a digital signature. Other
than for operating outside the USA where the printed license
is required (CEPT, IARP, or other arrangements), FCC rules state
that we are licensed if we have a call sign in the ULS database.
That's been the case for some time, even before the recent change to
not mail paper copies of licenses by default.

Even though FCC rules don't require us to have a paper copy of
our license with us, with a few exceptions mentioned above, I
still keep the card version of my license with me. It has been
helpful, even if that happens just outside US borders.


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On Thu, Jul 7, 2016 at 7:45 PM, Peter Laws <plaws0 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Sadly, though, no digital signature ...  At least they set the doc
> restrictions to Not Allowed for everything but printing.  Easy to
> create one that looks just like it with fake info without the
> signature, though.
> Thanks for pointing out the Official vs Reference - I'd not noticed
> that before.
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> Peter Laws | N5UWY | plaws plaws net | Travel by Train!
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