Amendments to the amateur service rules including WT 95-57 amendments for examination credit, eligibility for a club RM-8301 station license, recognition of RM-8418 the volunteer examiner session RM-8462 manager, a special event call sign system, and self-assigned indicator in the station identification.
Adopted: April 25, 1995 Released: May 8, 1995
Comment date: July 14, 1995 Reply comment date: August 14, 1995
By the Commission:
VE SESSION MANAGER
5. We propose to amend the rules to recognize the role
ofthe VE session manager as the person who plans, keeps
records, organizes, and supervises the activities of the
administering VEs at each session. In our 1993 Financial
Inquiry, we solicited information from sixty VEs. The
responses of the VEs indicate that many VEs have organized
themselves into teams locally and that a team tends to
answer to a leader. The team leader is often the only
VE who is reimbursed and maintains records. See
letter of April 15, 1994, from Chief, Personal Radio Branch to sixty VEs. We also propose that each examination element continue to be administered by at least three VEs.(n10) The presence of at least three VEs will provide the VEC with first-hand observers who can monitor the performance of the VE session manager and the other VE(s). This will preserve the cross-checking favored by the ARRL, while recognizing the role of the VE session manager as requested by NCVEC.
SPECIAL EVENT VANITY CALL SIGN SYSTEM
one-by-one call sign consists of a single prefix letter (K, N, or W), the region number (Ø to 9), and a single suffix letter (A to Z). There are 780 such call signs. We will address the special event vanity call sign system in this Notice. In its comments concerning the vanity call sign system, ARRL had requested that one-by-one call signs be reserved for assignment to stations operating in conjunction with short-term events of special significance. A special event vanity call sign system will meet the needs of amateur operators for temporary operation of their stations during events that are of special significance to the amateur service community. We propose, therefore, to establish a special event vanity call sign system. Under this approach, the licensee making the request, at least 120 days prior to the event, would be required to indicate the nature of the event and would have to certify that it is of special significance to the amateur service community. In addition, the licensee would submit a list of one-by-one format call signs, in order of preference. The first assignable call sign on the list would be stamped "granted" and a copy of the list would be returned to the person making the request. The special event vanity call sign could be used for a period not to exceed that of the special event, or for 15 days, whichever is less. We request comments on this proposed special event vanity call sign system.
9. We certify that the Regulatory Flexibility Act of
1980 does not apply to this rule making proceeding because
promulgation of the proposed rule amendments will not create
significant economic impact on a substantial number of
small business entities, as defined by Section 601(3) of
the Regulatory Flexibility Act. The amateur stations that
are the subject of this proceeding would not be authorized
to transmit any communications where the station licensee
or control operator has a pecuniary interest. The Secretary
shall send a copy of the Notice of Proposed Rule Making,
including the certification, to the Chief Counsel for Advocacy
of the Small Business Administration in accordance with
paragraph 605(b) of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Pub.
L. No. 96-354, 94 Stat. 1164, 5 U.S.C. §§ 601-612 (1980).
Ex Parte Rules - Non-Restricted Proceeding
10. This is a non-restricted notice and comment rule
making proceeding. Ex Parte presentations are permitted,
except during the Sunshine Agenda period, provided that
they are disclosed as specified in the Commission's Rules.
See generally 47 C.F.R.
§§ 1.1202, 1.1203, and 1.1206(a).
11. Pursuant to applicable procedures set forth in
Sections 1.415 and 1.419 of the Commission's Rules,
§§ 1.415 and 1.419, interested parties may file comments on or before July 14, 1995, and reply comments on or before
August 14, 1995. To file formally in this proceeding, you must file an original and four copies of all comments and reply comments. If you want each Commissioner to receive a personal copy of your comments, you must file an original plus nine copies. You should send comments and reply comments to Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC 20554. Comments and reply comments will be available for public inspection during regular business hours in the FCC Reference Center of the Federal Communications Commission (Room 239), 1919 M Street, N. W., Washington, DC 20554.
12. Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED that, pursuant to Sections
4(f)(4)(B) and (i), and 303(a), (l)(1), and (r) of the
Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. §§ 154(f)(4)(B)
and (i), and 303(a), (l)(1), and (r), notice is hereby
given of proposed amendments to Part 97 of the Commission's
Rules, 47 C.F.R. Part 97, in accordance with the
proposals, discussions, and statement of issues in this
Notice of Proposed Rule Making. Comment is sought regarding
such proposals, discussions, and statement. Rule making
petitions RM-8301, RM-8418, and RM-8462 ARE GRANTED to
the extent indicated herein, and ARE DENIED in allother
13. For further information concerning this proceeding,
contact Maurice J. DePont, Wireless Telecommunications
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
William F. Caton
Part 97 - Amateur Radio Service
1. The authority citation for Part 97 continues to read
Authority citation: 48 Stat. 1066, 1082, as amended;
47 U.S.C. §§ 154, 303. Interpret or apply 48 Stat. 1064-1068,
1081-1105, as amended; 47 U.S.C. §§ 151-155, 301-609,
unless otherwise noted.
2. In Section 97.3, paragraph (a)(11)(ii) is redesignated
as paragraph (a)(11)(iii), and new paragraphs (a)(11)(ii)
and (46) are added to read as follows:
§ 97.3 Definitions.
* * * *
(ii) Special event call sign system. The call sign is
selected by the FCC from a list of call signs requested
by the licensee. The call sign is shown on the request.
It is temporarily substituted for the call sign shown
on the license while the station is transmitting in conjunction
with an event of special significance to the amateur service
* * * *
(47) VE session manager. The VE designated
by the administering VEs to plan, organize, keep records,
and directly supervise the activities of other VEs at a
session where examinations for amateur operator licenses
* * * *
3. Section 97.5(b)(2) is revised to read as follows:
§ 97.5 Station license required.
* * * *
(b) The types of station licenses are:
(2) A club station license. A club station license is
granted only to the person who is the license trustee designated
by an officer of the club. The trustee must be a person
who has been granted an Amateur Extra, Advanced, General,
Technician Plus, or Technician operator license. The club
must be composed of at least four persons and must have
a name, a document of organization, management, and a primary
purpose devoted to amateur service activities consistent
with this Part. The club station license document is printed
on FCC Form 660.
* * * *
4. In Section 97.19, the heading and paragraph (a) are
revised and new paragraph (e) is added to read as follows:
§ 97.19 Application for a vanity call sign or a special event station call sign.
(a) A person who has been granted an operator/primary
station license or a license trustee who has been granted
a club station license is eligible to make application
for modification of the license, or the renewal thereof,
to show a call sign selected by the vanity call sign system
or the special event station call sign system. RACES and
military recreation stations are not eligible for a vanity
call sign or a special event station call sign.
* * * *
(e) Each request for a special event station call sign
must be received at the FCC, 1270 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg,
PA 17325-7245 at least 120 days prior to the special event.
(1) The request must include:
(i) The licensee's name, address, and primary station
(ii) A signed statement indicating the nature of the event
and certifying that it is of special significance to the
amateur service community.
(iii) The time period during which the special event station
will operate. In no case will the period exceed that of
the special event, or 15 days, whichever occurs first.
(iv) A list from the person making the request of
one-by-one format call signs, in order of preference.
(2) The first assignable call sign from the list will
be indicated on the request, that call sign will be stamped
GRANTED, and a copy of the list showing the call sign granted
will be returned to the person making the request. The
call sign will be selected from those call signs assignable
at the time the request is processed by the FCC.
5. Section 97.119(c) is revised to read as follows:
§ 97.119 Station identification.
* * * *
(c) One or more indicators may be included with the call
sign. Each indicator must be separated from the call sign
by the slant mark (/) or by any suitable word that denotes
the slant mark. If an indicator is self-assigned, it must
be included before, after, or both before and after, the
call sign. No self-assigned indicator may conflict with
any other indicator specified in this section or with any
prefix assigned to another country.
6. Section 97.505 is revised by redesignating paragraph
(a)(10) as paragraph (a)(11) and adding new paragraph (a)(10)
to read as follows:
§ 97.505 Element credit.
(10) An expired FCC-issued amateur operator license:
The least elements required for the operator license formerly
held. No examination credit will be given if the operator
license was suspended for the remainder of the license
term, if the operator license was surrendered to avoid
enforcement proceedings, or if the operator license expired
following revocation of the associated station license.
Examination credit, however, will be given if the suspension
period of the operator license was subsequently modified
to denote a lesser time period.
* * * *
7. Section 97.509(a) is revised to read as follows:
§ 97.509 Administering VE requirements.
(a) Each examination element for an amateur operator
license must be administered by at least 3 administering
VEs at an examination session. There must be a VE session
manager who is in attendance during the entire session.
* * * *
8. New Section 97.515 is added to read as
§ 97.515 VE session manager requirements.
(a) The VE session manager must be accredited as a VE
by the same VEC that coordinates the examination session.
(b) Before each examination session, the VE session manager
must make a public announcement stating the location and
the time of the session. The number of examinees may be
(c) The VE session manager is responsible for supervising
the activities of the administering VEs and the conduct
of the examinees. The VE Manager may serve concurrently
as an administering VE.
(d) The VE session manager must maintain a log for the session. The log must include the names of the examinees, the names of the administering VEs, and the examination elements administered by each VE.
I. INTRODUCTION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 II. DISCUSSION III. CONCLUSION. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 IV. PROCEDURAL MATTERS APPENDIX
See Report and Order in PR Docket No. 93-305, adopted
December 23, 1994, 10 FCC Rcd 1039 (1995), at para. 13.
Footnote 2 Petition for rule making at 3 and 4.
Footnote 3 See Report and Order in PR Docket No. 93-305, supra.
Footnote 4 Section 97.5(b)(2) of the Commission's Rules, 47 C.F.R. § 97.5(b)(2), currently requires a club to be composed of at least two persons.
Footnote 5 During 1994, amateur radio examinations were administered to 106,670 persons.
Footnote 6 The number of examinees at any one session varies from one to several hundred. In 1994, the average was nine examinees.
Footnote 7 The requirements for the six classes of amateur operator license consist of passing one or more of the eight different examination elements. See Section 97.501 of the Commission's Rules, 47 C.F.R. § 97.501.
The activities of the ARRL are separate from the
ARRL/VEC. The ARRL/VEC has made a persuasive showing to the Commission that preventive measures have been taken to preclude any possible conflict of interest with the ARRL which publishes and distributes materials used to obtain an amateur operator license. See Section 97.521(e) of the Commission's Rules,
47 C.F.R. § 97.521(e).
Footnote 9 Comments of ARRL at 4.
Section 97.509(a) of the Commission's Rules, 47 C.F.R.
§ 97.509(a), currently requires each examination to be administered by three VEs.
Footnote 11 See Report and Order in PR Docket No. 93-305, supra.
Footnote 12 For example, the licensee of amateur station W1AA in Boston, Massachusetts, decides to operate the station while vacationing in the Virgin Islands. In order to direct more attention to the station, the licensee may include a self-assigned indicator, such as /KP2, in the station identification announcement. (Stations located in the Virgin Island are normally assigned a call sign with the prefix KP2, NP2, or WP2.) The call sign given in the station announcement, therefore, would be W1AA/KP2. We propose to permit also the station announcement KP2/W1AA and KP2/W1AA/KP2.