After waiting way too long, I finally earned my Amateur Radio Operator
license (KB3UON). So, then I decided to apply for a vanity call sign. I went to the
FCC's Universal License System (ULS) website and dutifully filled in the form. I got
all the way to the part where the data is submitted, and then a screen appeared asking
for payment (which I expected), but suddenly I realized there were a couple call sign
options I had not listed and decided to back out and start over.
I though, since the page explicitly stated that no request submissions would be process
without accompanying payment.
So, I started over and submitted the form with
the additional vanity call sign options, then completed the credit card payment screen.
All seemed well. Silly me, I forgot that it was a Government entity.
weeks later I received in the mail a letter stating that my application had been rejected
because it was a duplicate filing (see below).
The following day I received another
letter stating that the application was rejected because payment was not received within
the required timeframe (see lower image).
The nebulous explanation was useless,
so I contacted the FCC. They told me that the application that I had paid for was rejected
because it was received during the time the first was waiting for payment, so that made
it a duplicate application. The first one expired for non-payment and was also rejected.
The FCC happily kept my $13.40 filing fee. That will help to guarantee that the
average Federal employee's salary ($108,476 in 2008 inc'l benefits) is well above the
average private industry employee's salary ($69,928 in 2008 inc'l benefits). Source:
Given that the information screen I received explicitly
stated that the first would not be processed without accompanying payment, I confidently
submitted the second form that also included payment. I exhorted them to consider how
a competent bureaucracy would have considered the circumstances and acted accordingly.
I requested that they process my application or refund my filing fee. It has been three
weeks now, and still no word.
I am really looking forward to having my health
care handled by the Fed as well.
- Kirt Blattenberger
RF Cafe Progenitor & Webmaster