Good for Life

Why not go further and hand off the entire shooting match to the same folks who now handle license testing — us?

FCC

The FCC is seeking comments on a proposal to make amateur radio licenses good for life instead of the current ten year term. The request is based on the premise that this will “lighten the FCC’s workload”.

That seems a bit far-fetched given that the call sign will still have to be issued, maintained, and presumably retired at the end of a “lifetime”. And along the way the feds will surely still need to administer address changes, name changes, and class upgrades.

If managing licenses is really such a burden, why not go further and hand off the entire shooting match to the same folks who now handle license testing — us?

I don’t intend to comment on this current proposal as I don’t see it having any impact, good or bad, on the amateur service.

But perhaps you do and you can file your comment online for a limited time.

A quick scan of the comments made so far seems to indicate good support for the proposal.

Author: Jeff Davis

 

1 thought on “Good for Life”

  1. I think it is a bad idea: it will freeze up callsigns (perhaps for decades) and make it difficult to estimate the number of active hams in a given year. The present 10-year duration seems about right, and it surely couldn’t be that big of an administrative burden on the FCC.

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