Today I received word that the FCC has denied my petition to give regional preference to hams applying for a vanity call sign when in competition with others who reside elsewhere. I wasn’t surprised.
For years I’ve been mentioning how I think it’s unfair that call signs are being issued to people outside their districts when you have people within that are applying for the same call on the same day. Personally I feel that those within should have preference when multiple people are applying for a call. I still feel that way.
Instead of complaining, I decided to actually do something about it and submitted my petition to the FCC.
Bit of Confusion
Seems like there was some confusion with my petition and that I was trying to geo restrict callsigns for all. That was FAR from my intentions. The FCC did away with that a long time ago and I support their decision. I still believe that if you apply for vanity callsign and it’s available, you should be able to get it. I also believe that you should retain your call if you move. However, If two or more people applied for the same callsign on the same day, I strongly feel that the person whom lives within the district should have preference over the others.
I have feeling that people thought that my petition was the same as RM-11834. Mr Borghi asked the FCC to restrict ALL vanity applications to their region. My petition was asking for preference when it comes to competing applications which wouldn’t effect most vanity applications. There is quite a difference between the two.
I have never really submitted any type of letter to the government before as it really shows if you’ve read the actual petition. I try to always use any situation as a learning experience to better myself.
I wanted to get right to point and keep it as short as possible. That may or may not have backfired. Should have gathered more data and submitted it with my petition but I’m not sure if that would have made things better.
I’ve learned what exactly the process is and how long things take within the FCC.
I’d like to say thanks to those who took the time to write to the FCC in support of the petition and also to those who weren’t as supportive. Your voices were heard and considered during the review process. It was an interesting experience and hopefully this can be re-visited down the road.