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US Vanity Call Reminder from ARRL

from W1AW Bulletin / ARRL
Website: on November 2, 2002
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When applying for a vanity call sign, the application purpose on FCC Form
605 should always be "Modification" (MD). ARRL VEC Manager Bart Jahnke,
W9JJ, advises that vanity applicants within their 90-day license renewal
window should not attempt to do a "Renewal/Modification" (RM) when
applying for a vanity call sign.

"I would recommend that you renew first," Jahnke said. "If vanity
processing is delayed for some reason--as happened last fall and
spring--your license could expire while awaiting processing, and your
application would be dismissed."

The fee for a vanity call sign increased to $14.50 in September. Jahnke
says it is possible for vanity applicants to register a name, address or
contact information (eg, e-mail or telephone number) change with the FCC
while also applying for a vanity call sign, since both actions can be
dealt with as a Modification. Note, however, that if you're only changing
such data as name, address or contact information and not applying for a
new call sign, you should check "Administrative Update" (AU) as the
application purpose--and, yes, this is confusing.

By the way, unlike a vanity application, which requires a fee and goes to
the FCC's fiscal agent in Pittsburgh, an Administrative Update application
requires no fee and goes directly to the FCC in Gettysburg.

Amateur applications may be filed electronically via the FCC's ULS Web
site <> or on paper (using FCC Form 605). The
FCC says that anyone filing any application with the FCC--whether for a
vanity, license renewal, upgrade or modification--first must be registered
with the Commission Registration System (CORES) and have obtained an FCC
Registration Number (FRN).

For more information on vanity filing, visit the Amateur Radio Vanity Call
Signs page <> on the ARRL Web site.

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