Agentschap Telecom – which is the Dutch version of the FCC – has decided to cancel the registration of my Dutch call sign PA2BX. And besides me also the calls of some 197 other Dutch radio amateurs who live abroad. Their reason being that since we don’t live in the Netherlands anymore we also don’t use the radio spectrum for which we need to be registered.
They already did so on March 12th, sent out letters to the operators involved on March 14 and then on March 19 informed the VERON, the Dutch Amateur Radio Society member of the IARU, that they were intending to do so. I don’t think I have to explain that I am very disgruntled with all this, and no doubt with me many others. At first sight it seems the AT doesn’t have any legal grounds to take this action and all is not lost, because I can always register again. But for now I cannot claim that I hold the call PA2BX and I cannot operate either in the Netherlands or with a guest licence in many other countries. These civil servants sure know how to waste time and money thinking of silly things like teasing us amateur radio operators.