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No more free ham ticket?

Discussion in 'General Ham Radio Discussion' started by Mudfoot, Aug 29, 2020.

  1. Mudfoot

    Mudfoot Elmer

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    nomadradio Analog Retentive

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    Fifty bucks?

    Did I read that right?

    Lordy!

    73
     
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  3. autotuner

    autotuner Supporting Member

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    It's $55 Australian pesos down here. And the ACMA (our FCC) send a letter a few weeks before the actual renewal letter , just letting you know they will be sending the renewal letter......
    Nothing like an excuse for keeping another useless public servant in a job.
     
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    543_Dallas Sr. Member

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    People have been complaining about them "giving away" licences for a long time. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. :ROFLMAO:
     
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  5. Mudfoot

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    I don't have a problem with it. I'd hate to see it ever go over $50, though.
     
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  6. ForestRunner98

    ForestRunner98 Well-Known Member

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    $50 is not that bad. A GMRS is $70 so....
     
  7. sp5it

    sp5it Master of puppets

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    In SP ham license never was free. Now it's circa 20$ and renewal every 10 years same fee.
    Mike
     
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  8. Justme

    Justme Well-Known Member

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    35 Euro's here a year nothing new bit expensive to send the renewal letter though....;)
     
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  9. BJ radionut

    BJ radionut Supporting Member and 6m addict

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    Average VEC fee for Testing $14.00 USD...
    You passed your test now need $50.00 USD to process......
    New Hams apps will fall like a rock...
     
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  10. Justme

    Justme Well-Known Member

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    If 50 bucks and 14 bucks scares you off for getting the license but are fully prepared to spend 1000's on radio(s) and antenna's etc then i don't see why you should become a ham anyway.
    I paid most of the 43 years up to 50 Euro's for renewing the license , other details i can do on line free.
    We had just a few years they didn't need our money but that went away fast...
     
  11. Tallman

    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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    $70.00 FOR A LICENSE IN THE MOST USELESS RADIO BAND IN THE SERVICE.
    Fitting.

    My concealed deadly weapons license has gone up considerably as well.

    It's getting to the point where you can't afford to shoot your mouth off!
     
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    w9cll W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    I have no issues with paying
     
  13. ForestRunner98

    ForestRunner98 Well-Known Member

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    Here in the LA area 462.725 has a ton more traffic than the CB bands most of the time. With tons of repeaters it’s easy to talk to other people. There is one on top of a 5000’ mountain peak that’s 10 miles away.
     
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  14. Tallman

    Tallman W9WDX Amateur Radio Member, KW4YJ EXTRA class

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    I was riding my motorcycle and the wife was following in her KIA SOUL. Even though I could clearly see her face from about 100 feet the radio was useless in the countryside. She could not hear me and I could not hear her. These were quality radios and cost over $140.00. It might work in LA and are those real miles or "MOVIE" miles.(Joking) There was one repeater here in Louisville, KY and the owner took it down after two years of no traffic. My radio installations are clean and clear as far as noise is concerned so it wasn't anything related to that. We returned those radios and got two of the same brand and model and it was no better. They claimed to have a range of 150 miles to which I have to call false advertising. We went to a parking lot out in the country and it was no better.
    Two meter radio far better and can reach a long way and there are plenty of repeaters.
     
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  15. DainBramage

    DainBramage Well-Known Member

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    This same regulation will lower it to the same $50.
     
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