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FCC Application Fee Instructions

          FCC $35 Amateur Application Fee Effective Date Announced

The new Amateur Radio license application fees will take effect on April 19, 2022. The Federal Communications Commission’s authority to impose and collect fees is mandated by Congress.

The $35 application fee, when it becomes effective on April 19, will apply to new, modification (upgrade and sequential call sign change), renewal, and vanity call sign applications. The fee will be per application.

Administrative updates, such as a change of name, mailing or email address, will be exempt from fees.

VECs and Volunteer Examiner (VE) teams will not have to collect the $35 fee at exam sessions.  Once the FCC application fee takes effect, new and upgrade applicants will pay the $15 exam session fee to the ARRL VE team as usual, and pay the $35 application fee directly to the FCC by using the CORES FRN Registration system (CORES – Login).

When the FCC receives the examination information from the VEC, it will email a link with payment instructions to each successful candidate who then will have
10 calendar days from the date of the email to pay. After the fee is paid and the FCC has processed an application, examinees will receive a second email from the FCC with a link to their official license. The link will be good for 30 days.

Additionally, the FCC stated that applications processed and dismissed will not be entitled to a refund. This includes vanity requests where the applicant does not receive the requested call sign.

The FCC published the notice in the Federal Register on March 23, 2022, stating that the amateur radio application fees, including those associated with Form 605 application filings, would become effective on April 19, 2022.

Further news and instructions will follow as the FCC releases them.

FCC Instructions (not applicable until fees take effect on April 19):
If paying fees for an application filed via the Universal Licensing System, please use the CORES FRN Registration system (CORES – Login).

FEE SCHEDULE (not applicable until fees take effect on April 19):

$35 FEE: New, modification (upgrade and sequential call sign change), renewal, and vanity call sign applications. All fees will be per application.
NO FEE: Administrative updates, such as a change of name, mailing or email address, or license cancellation.

$35 FEE: New, renewal, trustee change, and vanity call sign applications. All fees will be per application.
NO FEE: Administrative updates, such as a change of name, mailing or email address, or license cancellation.

ARRL News Story about the FCC Application Fees:
FCC Application Fees Unlikely to Go into Effect Until 2022

FCC Registration Help:

To access CORES with a (Payer) FRN:

New FCC Application Fee Will Not Apply To Amateur Radio License Upgrades

“We are pleased that the FCC will not charge licensees the FCC application fee for license upgrade applications,” said ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (VEC) Manager, Maria Somma, AB1FM. “While applicants for a new license will need to pay the $35 FCC application fee, there will be no FCC charge for future upgrades and administrative updates such as a change of mailing or email address. Most current licensees therefore will not be charged the new FCC application fee until they renew their license or apply for a new vanity call sign.”

Youth Licensing Grant Program

Anticipating the implementation of the fee in 2022, the ARRL Board of Directors, as its July 2021 meeting, approved the “ARRL Youth Licensing Grant Program.” Under the program, ARRL will cover a one-time $35 application fee for license candidates younger than 18 years old for tests administered under the auspices of the ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (ARRL VEC). Qualified candidates also would pay a reduced exam session fee of $5 to the ARRL VEC. ARRL is finalizing details for administering the program.

By: Maria Somma, AB1FM, ARRL VEC Manager

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend! K8L  Click here for info.

If you would like to make a Presentation after a CCRAA meeting. Please email details to kd8jam@charter.net. And I will post them to the Calendar.

The 146.88 repeater has been temporally moved to the club house  until a new site can be found.


We would like to give a Big Thank You to UPPCO for a $250.00 donation.

UPPCO Donation letter

Swap Grand Prize Winner!

2019 Chassell Ham Swap Meet sponsored by the CCRAA, BCRA and KCRA grand prize raffle winner. John Kemppainen N8BFL (right) receives his prize a Yaesu FTM-400XDR/DE from CCRAA treasurer Randy McClellan KE8DCK.



The Houghton County ARES Net will be on Wednesdays at 9:00PM.
On the 88 repeater (146.880 MHz- with a PL of 100.0 Hz)

The Ontonagon County ARES Net will be on Wednesdays about 8:30PM-8:45PM.
On the 67 repeater (146.670 MHz- with a PL of 100.0 Hz)

Meetings [NEW DAY]


The CCRAA meets the first Wednesday of each month, 7pm, @ the Franklin Township Hall On Quincy Hill,49850 Hwy. US 41. Hancock, MI.

@Club House at the end of Tower, just behind the Calumet Michigan State police post.

Meetings are open to all interested in Amateur Radio.

Upper Peninsula Skywarn with lots of maps, APRS weather reports, and the latest forecast for your home town!

powered by Ambient Weather


This cam is located at the home of Jeff W9GY and over looks the North Entry of the Portage Canal.

Thank You

The CCRAA would like to thank Michigan Technological University for hosting the Hancock repeater for many years. {This tower has been taken down}

We would also like to thank Houghton County for hosting the Donken repeater.


International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend – ILLW        illw.net

Normally held on the 3rd full weekend in August

This year: 00.01 UTC 21st August to 24.00 UTC 22nd August 2021 (48 hours)

The KCRA and CCRAA will be activating a number of local Lighthouses thanks to the effects of Matt, KB8VBL.

The purpose of this event is to promote public awareness of lighthouses and lightships and their need for preservation and restoration, and at the same time to promote amateur radio and to foster international goodwill as well as remembering the dedication of those who served as lighthouse keepers.

What we do:

1) Operate amateur radio transceivers from multiple area lighthouses and attempt to contact as many amateur stations including other lighthouses/lightships both nationally and internationally as possible.

2) Serve as ambassadors of amateur radio to any who may visit the lights from which we operate.


This year K8L we will be operating from:

1) Eagle Harbor Lighthouse  US0017   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eagle_Harbor_Light

2) Copper Harbor Lighthouse US0233  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copper_Harbor_Light

3) Mendota (Bete Grise) Light US0261  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mendota_(Bete_Grise)_Light

4) Ontonagon Light US0262  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ontonagon_Light

5) Manitou Island Light Station US0260 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manitou_Island_Light_Station


QSL INFO:  Please QSL via Matt KB8VBL