SPECIAL BULLETIN: FCC Still Not Processing New License Applications

From Maria Somma, AB1FM, ARRL VEC Manager:

On Wednesday, April 27, in a notice to all VECs, the FCC again asked
them to refrain from submitting any amateur radio exam session or
license application files while the Commission works to resolve an issue
with the Universal Licensing System (ULS) application filing system.

The ULS application filing system was not functioning properly last week
and then the FCC indicated the problem was resolved, as previously
reported by ARRL.

However, this was not the case, as no new amateur radio call signs and
licenses have been issued since Monday, April 18, 2022.

Tuesday, April 19 is the day the FCC application fees became effective
for amateur radio.

ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, reports that new call signs are not
being assigned by the FCC even if the applicant has paid the FCC
application fee.

The FCC was processing upgrade applications through the system without
an issue because there are no fees required for those applications.

In addition to new call signs not being issued even if the applicant has
paid the FCC fee, some applicants are also having issues paying and
logging into the system.

Other types of license application transactions may also be experiencing
problems. Applicants should expect delays with license, call sign, and
application processing associated with individuals and amateur radio
clubs.

Amateur radio license filings are currently on hold until further notice
and FCC did not estimate how long the system would be down.

We will update the public as information from the FCC becomes available.


ARRL Northwestern Division
Director: Michael T Ritz, W7VO
w7vo@arrl.org

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