New FCC filing fee schedule may be costly for Amateur Radio Licensees

Personally I was curious, How much money the FCC stands to collect on a group as small as “Amateur Radio”? If each amateur had to pay $50.00 simply on a new license or renewal using the touted 700,000 actively licensed Hams, it would be $35,000,000.00 which does not take into account Vanity call sign applications that would require and additional $50.00 fee.

I do understand the increased fees for commercial broadcasters that are supported through advertisers but they also serve as “Emergency communicators” with the “Emergency Broadcast warning system” and “Megan’s Law” Emergency notification system.

My concern is recruiting new “Hams” will become far more challenging when beyond the $15.00 (or less) stipend for each testing session they will be required to pay $50.00 to the FCC prior to being assigned their Call letters. Sadly that new Baofeng UV-5R from Amazon will cost them less than half of what the Amateur Technician license would.

These are just my thoughts on the subject. I would like to hear from ALL of you on this topic, Just click on the following link:, feel free to voice any opinion! Say what you think, this forum is allowing you to vent, please respect other members opinions and show the same respect you would on the air. ’73 Ken KC6WOK

A new kind of Contest “Portable Operation Challenge”

This is the Contest for the little (non “Super Station”) operator, QRP gains ALL the advantages. This looks to be a game changer in the contest world scoring favors Low power, single transceiver, Portable. No advantages to multi transceiver, big power, big antennas, multi operator or even special power systems. the rules are a little tough to interpret but there is some good information/explanation on the recent “HamNation” episode of August 26 2020.

In this Episode of Ham Nation, the information on “Portable Operation Challenge is well explained. Get quickly to the explanation by scrolling in to about the 45 minute mark. It is certainly worth watching to learn how this new contest favors the QRP portable operator and actually handicaps those “Super Station” contest veterans!