The FCC has released an erratum to its RF safety rules that sets 500
W ERP (effective radiated power) as the limit for most amateur repeaters
before a routine RF safety evaluation would be required. This applies to
repeater systems on all bands.
|As a first step in implementing its new Universal Licensing System
(ULS), the FCC's Wireless Telecommunications Bureau is attempting to "populate"
the ULS by getting licensees to register. Ultimately, the ULS will give
hams and other licensees on-line access to make license updates and renewals,
eliminating the need for hardcopy forms like the venerable Form 610. An
FCC Public Notice this week said the ULS is aimed at combining the 11 different
licensing systems the Bureau now uses--including Amateur Radio--into a
ULS registration requires supplying a Taxpayer Identification Number (for individuals, this is typically your Social Security Number) and "associated call-
|signs." These could include your individual call sign plus any club
station call signs for which you are the trustee.
On-line registration via the Internet is available. In addition to providing basic name and address information, registration requires you to establish a password that you must use along with your TIN to re-enter the system to make future changes. The ULS also lets you check the status of a pending application. A spokesperson in the FCC's Technical Support Group said the FCC will verify all data supplied at the time of registration to ensure that it is valid before the data are entered into the FCC licensee database.
Using the TIN and the associated call sign(s), the ULS assigns a unique
|sequential number to each licensee. The WTB says that once
it has registration information and has implemented the ULS, it will streamline
and simplify the FCC's ability to handle future administrative changes
(name and address changes, for example).
Licensees are invited to register electronically via the internet at http://www.fcc.gov/wtb/uls. Select ULS Registration. Licensees without access to the Internet may file a TIN registration form, FCC Form 60, from the FCC's fax-on-demand service at 202-418-0177 or by calling the FCC Forms Distribution Center toll free at 800-418-3676.
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