FCC Commercial License
04/04/1972 FCC Third Class Radio
06/07/1972 FCC Second Class Radio Telephone License
07/10/1972 FCC First Class Radio Telephone License
07/10/1972 FCC Ship Radar Endorsement
It took just over 90 days, three trips to
Norfolk, and hours of testing on radio fundamentals
and rules and regulations back in 1972 to earn a first class commercial telephone license.
It would take two additional years to learn Morse Code at 25 wpm to earn a telegraph license.
02/12/1974 FCC Second Class Radio Telegraph License
I never was licensed First Class Radio
Telegraph Operator as it required six months service under
a First Class Operator. However, I earned an amateur Novice, Advanced, and Extra Class License
between 1972 and 1974 while studying for the commercial telegraph license.
After completing my B.S. degree at VSU in
1977, I started teaching FCC License
and computer classes at area trade schools, Western Electric Corp. , Bell Labs, Bell Atlantic Corp.,
tow community colleges, and at VSU, all while working my full-time job.
After retiring with forty years in
communications, I now study technical history and keep
current on all the necessary licenses and station call signs.
For many years there was no cost to taking
test or renewing licenses and no photo was required.
Fees slowly were added and increased and now after forty five years it cost $65.00 to
renew a commercial license.
Good until 2017