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    Default Gov't Shutdown - will I still get my call sign?

    Hey everybody, I'm brand new to Ham. In fact I just passed my tech test YESTERDAY. As a newbie I'm pretty eager to start transmitting (and start learning with an actual radio). But my question is, with the Gov't Shutdown, will I even get my call sign? I asked the guys who admin'd the test and they said that if everything were working normally it would only take a few days, but with the shutdown they don't know. I suspect it can't happen until the Gov't re-opens, but does anyone now for sure? thanks! -Sitka

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    I guess you mean the U.S. government (again)

    Keep an eye on the FCC website for your call to appear, as soon as it does, you can use the radio.
    In reality, unlikely for at least a few days...

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5B4AJB View Post
    I guess you mean the U.S. government (again)

    Keep an eye on the FCC website for your call to appear, as soon as it does, you can use the radio.
    In reality, unlikely for at least a few days...
    thanks for your reply. And yeah, sorry, I mean the US Gov't, should have specified. But with it shut down I don't see how the database could get updated, right??

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    [QUOTE=5B4AJB;38579]I guess you mean the U.S. government
    The OP is in the USA.
    I think you should expect a delay. Too bad! I remember waiting impatiently for my call sign to show up. It'll be worth it. And welcome to the hobby.

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    It would probably be a few weeks at the most, patients, good things come to those who wait.
    Congratulations !

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    The FCC shut down mid-day on January 3rd. I just ran a search on the ULS and no licenses have been granted since then. My VEC has told me that the FCC isn't processing amateur licenses during the shutdown. Unfortunately, you're going to have to wait until the President and the Democrats end their little pissing contest.

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