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Released: July 29, 2011

PUBLIC NOTICE

Federal Communications Commission

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DA 11-1318

Released: July 29, 2011

WIRELESS TELECOMMUNICATIONS BUREAU SEEKS COMMENT ON REQUEST BY

ANCHORAGE VOLUNTEER EXAMINER COORDINATOR FOR WAIVER TO ALLOW

EXAMINATION CREDIT FOR EXPIRED AMATEUR RADIO OPERATOR LICENSES

WT Docket No. 11-130

Comment Date: August 19, 2011

Reply Date: August 29, 2011

On July 6, 2011, the Anchorage Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (Anchorage VEC) filed a
request for a blanket waiver of Section 97.505(a) of the Commission's Rules1 to permit individuals whose
amateur radio operator licenses have expired (and are beyond the grace period for renewal) to receive credit
for examination elements previously passed, pending the outcome of a rulemaking proceeding on this issue.2
Specifically, the petition requests that volunteer examiners (VEs) give former holders of Technician,
General, Advanced, and Amateur Extra Class licenses appropriate element credit so that they can obtain
new licenses without retaking the examination(s).3
Section 97.505(a) requires that the administering VEs give an examinee holding specified license
grants or documents credit for certain examination elements. Generally, an examinee must hold an
unexpired (or expired but within the grace period for renewal) license to receive examination credit, and
an examinee whose license has been expired for more than two years is not eligible to receive credit for
examination elements previously passed.4


1 47 C.F.R. 97.505(a).
2 Waiver Request dated July 6, 2011 from James Wiley to Chief, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau. On April
15, 2011, Anchorage VEC filed a petition for rulemaking requesting amendment of Section 97.505 to allow
examination credit for expired amateur radio operator licenses. See Petition for Rule Making dated April 8, 2011,
RM-11629. The Commission sought comment on the rulemaking petition on April 27, 2011. See Consumer &
Governmental Affairs Bureau Reference Information Center Petition for Rulemakings Filed, Public Notice, Report
No. 2930 (CGB rel. Apr. 27, 2011). The petition for rulemaking remains pending.
3 Anchorage VEC proposes that former holders of now-expired Advanced Class operator licenses receive sufficient
element credit to be granted new General Class operator licenses. It also proposes that former holders of now-
expired Novice Class operator licenses receive no element credit.
4 The only exception is that examinees who hold an expired Technician Class operator license that was issued before
March 21, 1987 receive credit for Element 3. See 47 C.F.R. 97.505(a)(4).

Anchorage VEC states that allowing examination credit for individuals who previously held an
amateur radio license grant, but which has expired and is beyond the grace period for renewal, would allow
these individuals to obtain a new license grant at an early date, thereby allowing them to again participate in
normal amateur radio activities. It states that a waiver is in the public interest because it would result in the
immediate expansion of the pool of experienced operators available in time of national or regional
emergency, and that many of the potential beneficiaries of a waiver are of advanced years and are interested
in prompt resolution of this matter. Anchorage VEC also states that the VE program can accommodate this
procedure without difficulty.5 Anchorage VEC thus requests a waiver of Section 97.505(a) to allow VEs to
give an examinee examination credit for examination elements the examinee previously passed, until such
time as the Commission addresses Anchorage VEC's petition for rulemaking. We seek comment on
Anchorage VEC's waiver request.

Procedural matters

Comments on the request are due no later than August 19, 2011. Reply comments are due no
later than August 29, 2011. All filings should reference the docket number of this proceeding WT 11-
130.
This proceeding has been designated as a "permit-but-disclose" proceeding in accordance with the
Commission's ex parte rules.6 Parties making oral ex parte presentations in this proceeding are reminded
that memoranda summarizing the presentation must contain the presentation's substance and not merely list
the subjects discussed.7 More than a one- or two-sentence description of the views and arguments presented
is generally required.8
The waiver request, and comments and reply comments filed in response to this Public Notice, will
be available for public inspection and copying in the Commission's Reference Center, Room CY-A257, 445
12th Street, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20554, and via the Commission's Electronic Comment Filing System
(ECFS) by entering the docket number, WT 11-130. Copies of the request are also available from Best
Copy and Printing, Inc., telephone (800) 378-3160, facsimile (301) 816-0169, e-mail
FCC@BCPIWEB.com.
Comments may be filed using the ECFS or by filing paper copies. See Electronic Filing of
Documents in Rulemaking Proceedings, 63 Fed. Reg. 24121 (1998). Comments filed through the ECFS can
be sent as an electronic file via the Internet to http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/ecfs/. Generally, only one copy of an
electronic submission must be filed. If multiple docket or rulemaking numbers appear in the caption of this
proceeding, however, commenters must transmit one electronic copy of the comments to each docket or
rulemaking number referenced in the caption. In completing the transmittal screen, commenters should
include their full name, U.S. Postal Service mailing address, and the applicable docket or rulemaking


5 Anchorage VEC proposes that an applicant seeking element credit for an expired license present to the VE proof of
identity and proof that he or she held the appropriate license, and sign an affidavit certifying that he or she is the
person named in the expired license grant. It also proposes that element credit be given only for licenses that
expired, and not for licenses that were surrendered, revoked, or suspended.
6 See 47 C.F.R. 1.1200(a), 1.1206.
7 See Commission Emphasizes the Public's Responsibilities in Permit-But-Disclose Proceedings, Public Notice, 15
FCC Rcd 19945 (2000).
8 See 47 C.F.R. 1.1206(b)(2). Other rules pertaining to oral and written presentations are also set forth in Section
1.1206(b). See 47 C.F.R. 1.1206(b).
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number. Parties may also submit an electronic comment by Internet e-mail. To get filing instructions for e-
mail comments, commenters should send an e-mail to ecfs@fcc.gov , and should include the following
words in the body of the message, "get form." A sample form and directions will be sent in reply.
Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and one copy of each filing. If more than
one docket or rulemaking number appears in the caption of this proceeding, commenters must submit two
additional copies for each additional docket or rulemaking number.
Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-
class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail (although we continue to experience delays in receiving U.S.
Postal Service mail). All filings must be addressed to the Commission's Secretary, Office of the Secretary,
Federal Communications Commission, as follows:
-All hand-delivered paper filings for the Commission's Secretary must be delivered to FCC
Headquarters at 445 12th St., S.W., Room TW-A325, Washington, DC 20554. All hand deliveries must be
held together with rubber bands or fasteners. Envelopes must be disposed of before entering the building.
The filing hours at this location are 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE:

This is the

ONLY

location
where hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission's Secretary will be
accepted. The Commission's former filing location at 236 Massachusetts Ave., N.E., is permanently closed.
-Commercial overnight mail (other than U.S. Postal Service Express Mail and Priority Mail) must
be sent to 9300 East Hampton Drive, Capitol Heights, MD 20743.
-U.S. Postal Service first-class mail, Express Mail, and Priority Mail should be addressed to 445
12th Street, S.W., Washington, DC 20554.
-All filings must be addressed to the Commission's Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal
Communications Commission.
Parties are requested to send one copy of their comments and reply comments to Best Copy and
Printing, Inc., Portals II, 445 12th Street, S.W., Room CY-B402, Washington, D.C. 20554, (800) 378-3160,
e-mail FCC@BCPIWEB.com.
Alternate formats of this Public Notice (computer diskette, large print, audio recording, and
Braille) are available to persons with disabilities by contacting the Consumer & Governmental Affairs
Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice), (202) 418-0432 (TTY), or send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov.
For further information, contact Mr. William Cross of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau
at (202) 418-0680 (voice), (202) 418-7233 (TTY), or via e-mail to William.Cross@fcc.gov .
By the Deputy Chief, Mobility Division, Wireless Telecommunications Bureau.
- FCC -
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