Amateur Extra

For those who have followed my adventure over the past couple of weeks through this blog post and especially this one.  The wait is over…the FCC has fully approved, granted and the ULS database shows KD0BIK as an Amateur Extra

I won’t say this wait has been easy, but at the same time I won’t say I was ever worried I would be denied the license upgrade.  I knew I had done nothing wrong to end up on any sort of list and knew once someone manually reviewed my application against the information the FCC was watching for, all would be sorted out.  Which actually was exactly what happened in the end with the help of the ARRL.

As with life, the things that don’t kill or injure us….do make us stronger.  I have a much, much better understanding of not only the FCC ULS system, but also the ARRL/VEC process and will turn this negative into a positive and share what I’ve learned with others on an upcoming episode of the Practical Amateur Radio Podcast. 

Finally, I really can’t say enough great things about the ARRL.  The information they shared with me in the form of knowledge about this entire process and their reaching out to the FCC on two different occasions mean so much to me.  I hope I never need to seek their assistance again in a matter like this.  But I know they are there, not only for me…but for all licensed amateurs in the US. 

OK…well 20m sounds like it might be hot today.  I just worked a VK on JT65.  Let’s see what other wonderful DX I can round up.

Oh…and one more thing.  My paperwork to become a VE will be emailed to the ARRL later today.  I look forward to serving along side the other many fine VE’s and give back to the hobby of amateur radio. 

Until next time,

Jerry  KD0BIK/AE  Smile

Jerry Taylor, KD0BIK, is a regular contributor to and writes from Colorado, USA. He is the host of the Practical Amateur Radio Podcast. Contact him at [email protected].

3 Responses to “Amateur Extra”

  • KQ2RP (ex-WB2VEN) Chris:

    Congrats on becoming ‘official’ Jerry!

  • Glenn DJ0IQ:

    Congrats, Jerry.Your running blog on this topic brought back fond memories of checking the post box daily when it wasn’t a ULS posting but paper in your hand that made it official.

    Enjoy the new spectrum and the peace of mind knowing you are done taking FCC tests.

    – Glenn DJ0IQ and W9IQ

  • Steve:

    Congrats on getting the upgrade! I know your frustration. I tested in Las Vegas early in August and I am still not in the database. It seems the paperwork was “lost in the mail”. I have corresponded with one guy at ARRL that was also very helpful. Wish me luck, it looks like I have to get another form 605 submitted.

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