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.
No problem, I though, since the page explicitly stated
that no request submissions would be process without
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
About two 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
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
- Kirt Blattenberger
RF Cafe Progenitor & Webmaster