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FCC sends "Notice of Dismissal" with quite threatening language just for denial of a vanity callsign?

Isn't bureaucracy wonderful? Perhaps I can translate into plain English: Your application is in a dismissal status effective 03/09/2021 without prejudice in accordance with Section 1.934 of the ...
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Are Baofeng radios illegal in the U.S?

2023 Update: Since I wrote this answer, there's been quite a bit of FCC enforcement (on importers, not amateurs), and as a result, most new Baofeng radios sold for amateur use in the US in the past ...
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Are Baofeng radios illegal in the U.S?

They are legal to use, but only on the amateur bands. (Of course, you'll need to get a license first). There was a lot of debate on whether they were legal, but the FCC finally stated that they were. ...
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FCC sends "Notice of Dismissal" with quite threatening language just for denial of a vanity callsign?

I am not a lawyer, so I cannot provide actual legal advice. However, I have dealt with a lot of governmental legalese in the past, so I am perhaps partially qualified to parse the legalese you've ...
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FCC sends "Notice of Dismissal" with quite threatening language just for denial of a vanity callsign?

If you are currently operating under authority provided by the Commission's Rules based on your submission of the above referenced application, you must immediately cease operation until such time as ...
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FCC tracking of unlicensed FRS/GMRS transmissions

Are there any documented cases of the FCC actually tracking down and harassing/fining/jailing people for illegal FRS/GMRS transmissions of this sort? You can browse the Enforcement Bureau's Field ...
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Who enacts the FCC's rules and regulations?

There are two different "Title 47"s in play here. Title 47 of the US Code, as referred to by rclocher3, contains laws passed by Congress on the subject of telecommunications. Most interesting for our ...
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Does the FCC care about electrical arcs?

Absolutely! FCC Part 15 defines three broad classes of devices: Intentional radadiator. A device that intentionally generates and emits radio frequency energy by radiation or induction. Unintentional ...
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FCC sends "Notice of Dismissal" with quite threatening language just for denial of a vanity callsign?

This isn't overly harsh, it's overly formal. I get that from the first sentence. My translation: Your application is in a dismissal status We aren't going to give you what you asked for [...] ...
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Do FCC obscenity regulations apply to ham radio transmissions?

ยง97.113(a)(4) states: No amateur station shall transmit [...] obscene or indecent words or language These are not the same regulations that prohibit TV stations from broadcasting obscene or ...
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How long does it take the FCC to process vanity requests?

If you submit your application online on a federal workday (Monday to Friday, except holidays), even after hours, it is considered received that day. If you submit your application on a weekend or a ...
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Are there restrictions placed on transmissions in licensed spectrum in the United States?

The FCC issues licenses for a particular service (e.g. broadcast, amateur, land mobile, common carrier, etc.). Each service is regulated by a specific part of the FCC regulations (e.g., Part 97 for ...
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Is the mode on the band plan chart mandatory?

Yes, the modes in the band plan are mandatory, with some areas of ambiguity, some areas that are under-specified on the graphical band plan chart, and some very limited room for error. For instance, ...
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Can you request a vanity call sign when passing the exam?

You will have to be assigned a call sign first. To apply for a vanity, you will need an FCC Registration Number (FRN). The rule is that you cannot receive a vanity call sign from a call sign group for ...
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What are the EXACT rules about FCC vanity call sign assignments?

Your application submitted on February 18th requested two callsigns. One of them was granted to another application submitted on the 16th, and so was unavailable when yours was processed, even though ...
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Why is this requirement in 60m in the US?

Some decades ago, the FCC used to require that US amateurs log every single QSO. And those logging requirements could be somewhat complex, especially for third-party traffic with other countries. It'...
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legal - Do FCC regulations only apply in U.S.A?

If you are operating under your US callsign, you typically need to abide by both the rules of the country you're operating in, and the US rules. From http://www.arrl.org/us-amateurs-operating-overseas ...
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Transmitting Callsigns

Better double check. There's no requirement to identify at the beginning of a communication (though it's common practice, and was required at one time), only every ten minutes and at the end of the ...
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How do businesses develop and test amateur radio products in the US if you cannot be paid for amateur radio use?

Two parts to this answer: First, most testing would be done against dummy loads, looking at the results on spectrum analyzers. Such tests should not propagate. Secondly, there's a fine line here. As ...
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Is it possible to comply with FCC regulations using a mode that takes over ten minutes to send a call sign?

Sec. 97.119 Station identification (a) Each amateur station, except a space station or telecommand station, must transmit its assigned call sign on its transmitting channel at the end of each ...
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How do I apply for a vanity callsign online?

Go to the FCC login page. Enter FRN and password and click submit. Click "My Licenses" on the left. Click on your callsign in the list of licenses. Click "Request Vanity Call Sign" on the right. Note:...
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Who enacts the FCC's rules and regulations?

Most of the time that I have heard or read that statement: "It would take an act of Congress..." it is usually referring to an impossible or very difficult act. However, the answer is "no" it does ...
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Can someone without privileges on a band operate FT8 on it using the callsign of a ham who does and is present?

Apparently, yes. See Part 97, Amateur Radio Service Rules: 97.3.a.47 and 97.115.b. The FCC does not appear to make a distinction as to whether the third party is licensed or not. https://www.ecfr.gov/...
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Who should announce the call sign when an unlicensed operator is transmitting?

Yes - they can ID your station. Part 97 does not specify who must identify your station, rather, that it must be done in 10 minute intervals. As a licensee, you are ultimately responsible for all ...
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How to get professional or official clarification of FCC Part 97 rules for specific complicated situations?

The ARRL itself is not a law firm, but might be able to refer you to an attorney or lawyer with experience in federal communications law and FCC regulations who can appropriately advise you, and even ...
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Are Baofeng radios illegal in the U.S?

Since one aspect of amateur radio is "home brew" ... anything that transmits a "suitable signal" in an amateur band operated by a licensed amateur radio operator, is legal. The key part of the "...
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Is the Alinco DJMD5 illegal for ham use?

The article is mistaken about at least one thing. It may be illegal to market that radio in the US (I honestly don't care to read the tea leaves to find out if that's true or not, but it's certainly ...
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FCC sends "Notice of Dismissal" with quite threatening language just for denial of a vanity callsign?

IANAL, but I spent a fair amount of my career writing and negotiating contracts. Others have addressed the meaning(s) of the language in the notice, I wanted to address more of the "why is it ...
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How are secret encodings not a violation of amateur radio regulations?

My understanding is that the AMBE voice codec used by D-STAR, System Fusion, and DMR is secret. That is mostly incorrect. The IMBE/AMBE+2 codec is standardized and documented as part of P25. The same ...
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How can I know whether a radio is FCC approved?

The FCC provides a good summary of their authorization process on their website. The manufacturer must get the device tested at an FCC Recognized Accredited Testing Laboratory. The results are then ...
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