June 2015 Issue 84
POOP FROM THE LOUP June 2015..
It’s time again for the news from the Loup.. This is a bit different, not much about radio.. I’ve never been in a dentists office in my life, it’s true, at least not for dental reasons anyway.. I guess I’ve depended on mouth wash and toothpicks for maintenance.. Last February, for no reason one of my front uppers seemed loose and it fell out.. A few days later couple teeth broke, the caps came off..
May has been LuEllens annual check up month, so I tagged along to get an appointment date set up.. First, I had to answer 8 sheets of questions describing my life history.. As it happens, the patient following LuEllen called in a cancelation so the dentist and (her) assistants, yep, two more ladies were available to check me out.. Next thing I know, I’m flat on my back with 3 pair of eyes examining my oral cavity..
Several of my uppers are in sad shape, the consensus here is a new plate so I was x-rayed from seven different directions, up side down and backwards.. They have taken several impressions already.. They were surprised that my uppers were so bad, and after a thorough scrutinization , the lowers with a couple fillings and some flack chiseled off, I should be able to chew nails..
Next time we have an eyeball, I’ll show you my new smile………. ejl..
(ARRL 05/22/2015) The FCC is eliminating the regulatory fee to apply for an Amateur Radio vanity call sign. The change will not go into effect, however, until required congressional notice has been given. This will take at least 90 days. As the Commission explained in a Notice of Proposed Rule making, Report and Order, and Order (MD Docket 14-92 and others), released May 21, it’s a matter of simple economics.“The Commission spends more resources on processing the regulatory fees and issuing refunds than the amount of the regulatory fee payment,” the FCC said. “As our costs now exceed the regulatory fee, we are eliminating this regulatory fee category.” The current vanity call sign regulatory fee is$21.40, the highest in several years. The FCC reported there were 11,500 “payment units” in FY 2014 and estimated that it would collect nearly $246,100.In its 2014 Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM)regarding the assessment and collection of regulatory fees for FY 2014, the FCC had sought comment on eliminating several smaller regulatory fee categories, such as those for vanity call signs and GMRS. It concluded in the subsequent Report and Order (R&O) last summer, however, that it did not have“adequate support to determine whether the cost of recovery and burden on small entities outweighed the collected revenue or whether eliminating the fee would adversely affect the licensing process.”The FCC said it has since had an opportunity to obtain and analyze support concerning the collection of the regulatory fees for Amateur Vanity and GMRS, which the FCC said comprise, on average, more than 20,000 licenses that are newly obtained or renewed, every 10 and 5 years, respectively.“The Commission often receives multiple applicationsfor the same vanity call sign, but only one applicant can beissued that call sign,” the FCC explained. “In such cases, the Commission issues refunds for all the remaining applicants.In addition to staff and computer time to process payments and issue refunds, there is an additional expense to issue checks for the applicants who cannot be refunded electronically.”The Commission said that after it provides the required congressional notification, Amateur Radio vanity program applicants “will no longer be financially burdened with such payments, and the Commission will no longer incur these administrative costs that exceed the fee payments.
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