Volunteer Examiner Newsletter


KH6WG Skawamae Kawamae
 

All;
A snip from the VE Newsletter regarding licensing and fees


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New Technician Class (Element 2) Pool will take Effect on July 1, 2022

The National Conference of Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (NCVEC<http://www.ncvec.org/>) Question Pool Committee released the 2022 - 2026 Technician Class Element 2 Question Pool<http://www.ncvec.org/page.php?id=373> into the public domain in January 2022 (updated and re-released on 03/07/2022).

The new pool is effective July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2026 and must be used for Technician-class license exams administered on or after July 1, 2022. There are three graphics required for this pool. To view all three question pools, visit the NCVEC<http://www.ncvec.org> website.


NEW TECHNICIAN EXAMS COMING:
On July 1, 2022, the new Element 2 Technician-class question pool will take effect for examinations. VECs and VEs must have new test designs available for use at exam sessions effective that date.

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ARRL Youth Licensing Grant Program

The ARRL Youth Licensing Grant Program went into effect on April 19, 2022. ARRL will cover the one-time $35 application fee for new license candidates younger than 18-years old for tests administered under the ARRL VEC program. The $35 FCC application fee will be reimbursed after the ARRL VEC receives the completed reimbursement form and the new license has been issued by the FCC. The reimbursement check will be mailed to the fee payer. Also, candidates younger than 18-years old would pay a reduced exam session fee of $5 to the ARRL VEC VE team at the time of the exam. The $5 fee is for all candidates under the age of 18 regardless of the exam level taken. Proof of under 18 status is required at the session. Visit the ARRL website for the program instructions and reimbursement form at www.arrl.org/youth-licensing-grant-program<http://www.arrl.org/youth-licensing-grant-program>.

The ARRL Board approved the "Youth Licensing Grant Program" at its July 2021 meeting in Hartford, Connecticut, expanding on the scope of the original motion proposed by ARRL Southeastern Division Director Mickey Baker, N4MB. The new program will cover the $35 FCC license application fee for candidates younger than 18-years old. The Board believes that "the recruitment and training of young amateur radio operators is a necessary and proper mission of the ARRL, and that subsidization of the $35 fee will reduce the number of new amateurs that otherwise would be lost from these groups," the Board said. Initially the new program would serve up to 1,000 new license applicants under 18 years old. The program length is indefinite; it may be renewed or terminated by the Administration and Finance Committee or by the Board of Directors. The motion carried with applause from Board members.


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Reminder:  FCC $35 Amateur Application Fees Effective April 19, 2022

Amateur radio application fees, including those associated with Form 605 application filings, became effective April 19, 2022.

The $35 FCC application fee applies to new, renewal, rule waiver, and modification applications that request a new vanity call sign. The fee will be per application.

Administrative updates, such as a change of name, mailing or email address, and modification applications to upgrade an amateur radio licensee's operator class or to request a sequentially issued call sign, are exempt from fees.

VECs and Volunteer Examiner (VE) teams do not have to collect the $35 fee at exam sessions. VEC and VE team licensing procedures are unchanged. New applicants will pay the $15 exam session fee to the ARRL VE team as usual and pay the $35 application fee directly to the FCC.

VE teams can point candidates to our FCC Application Fee<http://www.arrl.org/fcc-application-fee> webpage for the detailed instructions and information about the FCC fees.

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FCC APPLICATION FEE FILING GUIDE EFFECTIVE APRIL 19, 2022

INDIVIDUALS
$35 FEE: new, renewal, rule waiver, and modification applications that request a new vanity call sign. The fee will be per application.
NO FEE: administrative updates, such as a change of name, mailing or email address, modification applications to upgrade an amateur radio licensee's operator class or to request a sequentially issued call sign and license cancellation.

AMATEUR RADIO CLUBS
$35 FEE: new, renewal, rule waiver, and modification applications that request a new vanity call sign. The fee will be per application.
NO FEE: administrative updates, such as a change of name, change of trustee, mailing or email address, modification applications to request a sequentially issued call sign and license cancellation.

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I hope this information is useful to you.


Aloha & 73
de KH6WG