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                          PUBLIC NOTICE
     
                Federal Communications Commission
                        1919 M St., N.W.
                     Washington, D.C. 20554
      
                         August 22, 1996
      
  AMATEUR STATION VANITY CALL SIGN SYSTEM FILING GATE 2 OPENS 
                       SEPTEMBER 23, 1996
     
Amateur operators who meet the following eligibility standards may
request a vanity call sign on or after September 23, 1996.  File
your request on FCC Form 610-V.  Legibility is critical!  If the
information on your application is not legible, you could
experience a delay in processing, lose the opportunity to obtain a
requested call sign or even obtain a call sign different from what
you want.  You must hold an unexpired amateur operator/primary
station license grant of the proper operator class, as described
below, to request a vanity call sign for your primary station.  To
request a vanity call sign for a club station, you must also hold
an unexpired club station license grant listing you as the license
trustee.  Refer to the licensee data base to verify that the call
sign you are requesting is not already assigned.  A call sign is
normally assignable two years following license expiration,
surrender, revocation, set aside, cancellation, void ab initio, or
death of the grantee.  See Fact Sheet PR5000 Number 206-V AMATEUR
STATION VANITY CALL SIGN SYSTEM .  For explanations of Groups A, B,
C and D and the geographic Regions, see Fact Sheet PR5000 Number
206-S, AMATEUR STATION SEQUENTIAL CALL SIGN SYSTEM.
      
NOTE:  A separate Public Notice will be released providing
guidelines for the implementation of electronic filing procedures
for FCC Form 610-V.
      
REQUEST BY LIST (PRIMARY OR CLUB STATION) - Provide a list of up to
25 call signs in the order of your preference.  The first
assignable call sign on your list will be assigned to your station. 
When so requesting for your primary or club station:    
?  The call sign must have been unassigned for at least two years. 
?  If you are an Amateur Extra Class operator, each call sign must
be in Group A, B, C or D.
           
NOTE:  Advanced, General, Technician Plus, Technician, and Novice
Class operators are ***not*** yet eligible to request by list. 
Advanced Class operators will be eligible at Gate 3.Others will be
eligible at Gate 4
?  Each call sign must be one designated for the Region of your
mailing address as follows:
        o One of the contiguous 48 states - Regions 1 to 10. 
        o Alaska - Regions 1 to 11.  
        o American Samoa - Regions 1 to 10, or Region 13 having   
          numeral 8.
        o Commonwealth of Northern MariannaIslands - Regions 1 to 
          10, or  Region 13 having numeral 0.
        o Guam - Regions 1 to 10, or Region 13 having numeral 2
        o Hawaii - Regions 1 to 10, or Region 13 having numeral 6 
          or 7.
        o Puerto Rico - Regions 1 to 10, or Region 12 having      
          numeral 3 or 4.
        o Virgin Islands - Regions 1 to 10, or Region 12 having   
          numeral 2.
        
           REQUEST BY FORMER HOLDER (PRIMARY STATION)
                      Opened May 31, 1996.
For your primary station, you may request a call sign that was
previously assigned to your primary, secondary, repeater, auxiliary
link, control, or space station.  When so requesting for your
primary station:
?  You may request your former call sign even though it has been
unassigned for less than two years.  The two year requirement does
not apply to an otherwise eligible primary station if the call sign
was previously assigned to a station of the requestor. 
?  You do not have to hold a class of operator license required for
the Group (A, B, C, or D) for the call sign requested.  A call sign
request by former holder may be from any Group in the sequential
system.
?  Your mailing address does not have to be in the Region
designated in the sequential system for the call sign requested. 
A call sign requested by former a holder may be in any Region. 
   
    REQUEST BY CLOSE RELATIVE OF FORMER HOLDER NOW DECEASED 
                        (PRIMARY STATION)
Opened May 31, 1996.  For your primary station, you may request a
call sign that was previously assigned to the primary, secondary,
repeater, auxiliary link, control, or space station of your
now-deceased spouse, child, grandchild, stepchild, parent,
grandparent, stepparent, brother, sister, stepbrother, stepsister,
aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or in-law. When so requesting for your
primary station:  
?  You may request the former call sign of a close relative now
deceased even though it has been unassigned for less than two
years.  Upon the death of the holder, a call sign is assignable
immediately to an otherwise eligible primary station of a close
relative. 
?  You must be an Amateur Extra Class operator to request a Group
A call sign.
?  You must be an Amateur Extra or Advanced Class operator to
request a Group B call sign. 
?  You must be an Amateur Extra, Advanced, General, Technician
Plus, or Technician Class operator to request a Group C call sign.
?  You must be an Amateur Extra, Advanced, General, Technician
Plus, Technician or Novice class operator to request a Group D call
sign.  
?  Your mailing address does not have to be in the Region
designated in the sequential system for the call sign requested. 
A call sign requested by a close relative of former holder now
deceased may be in any Region. 
?  You must show your relationship to the deceased person exactly
as listed in the instruction, i.e., child, niece or in-law. 
?  The license grant of the former holder now deceased must have
been deleted from the licensee database.  That is accomplished by
a relative of the deceased submitting a signed request to have the
license grant cancelled accompanied by a copy of an obituary or
death certificate.  The request for cancellation must be submitted
to the FCC, 1270 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325-7245 prior to
filing the application for a vanity call sign.
    
             REQUEST BY FORMER HOLDER (CLUB STATION)
                      Opened May 31, 1996.
For the club station for which you are the license trustee, you may
request a call sign that was previously assigned to that station. 
When so requesting for a club station: 
?  You may request your club station's former call sign even though
it has been unassigned for less than two years.  The two year
requirement does not apply to an otherwise eligible club station if
the call sign was previously assigned to the club station for which
the requestor is the license trustee.  ?  You do not have to hold
a class of operator license required for the Group (A, B, C, or D)
for the call sign requested.  A call sign request by
former holder may be from any Group in the sequential system.
?  Your mailing address does not have to be in the Region
designated in the sequential system for the call sign requested. 
A call sign requested by a former holder may be in any Region.
    
               REQUEST IN MEMORIAM (CLUB STATION)
                      Opened July 22, 1996
If you are the license trustee for your club station, you may
request in memoriam for your club station the call sign previously
shown on the primary, secondary, repeater, auxiliary link, control,
or space station license of a deceased person who was a member of
the club.  When so requesting in memoriam for your club station: 
?  The club must have held a club station license grant on March
24, 1995, or you must be an Amateur Extra Class operator.
?  You may request the call sign even though it has been less than
two years following death of the club member.  Upon the death of
the holder, the call sign is assignable immediately to an otherwise
eligible club station. 
?  You must have in your station records a written statement (do
not send to FCC unless requested) from a spouse, child, grandchild,
stepchild, parent, grandparent, stepparent, brother, sister,
stepbrother, stepsister, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or in-law of
the deceased confirming the deceased person's association with the
club and showing consent of the relative to your request.
?  You must be an Amateur Extra Class operator to request a Group
A call sign.
?  You must be an Amateur Extra or Advanced Class operator to
request a Group B call sign.
?  You must be an Amateur Extra, Advanced, General, Technician
Plus, or Technician Class operator to request a Group C or D call
sign. 
?  Your mailing address does not have to be in the Region
designated in the sequential system for the call sign requested. 
A call sign requested in memoriam may be in any Region. 
?  You must enter the relationship to the deceased person giving
consent exactly as listed in the instruction, i.e., child, niece or
in-law. 
?  The license grant of the former holder now deceased must have
been deleted from the licensee database.  That is accomplished by
a relative of the deceased submitting a signed request to have the
license grant cancelled accompanied by a copy of an obituary or
death certificate.  The request for cancellation must be submitted
to the FCC, 1270 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325-7245 prior to
filing the application for a vanity call sign.
   
A $30.00 fee is required with your FCC Form 610-V application. 
Payment of fees may be made by check (payable to "FCC"), bank
draft, money order or credit card.  If paying by credit card, you
must also complete and submit FCC Form 159 with your FCC Form
610-V.  Do not send cash. 
Send your application package to:
    
                Federal Communications Commission
                Amateur Vanity Call Sign Request
                         P.O. Box 358924
                   Pittsburgh, PA  15251-5924
    
If you do not qualify under the forementioned eligibility
standards, your application will be dismissed.  A future public
notice will announce Gate 3 which will have expanded eligibility
standards.  
   
For further information, contact the Consumer Assistance Branch at
                         1-800-322-1117
   
                              -FCC-


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