Originally Posted by sailcruiser
The US governments (all levels) rarely does anything the easy or obvious way. (and yes I'm a US citizen). Someone somewhere along the line told me the FCC wasn't doing a ships license anymore. In reading what I could find it looks to me like they license a person who owns the ship rather than the ship itself. That way it isn't transferable to subsequent owners. I see no logic in that other than $$. SC
Yes, the FCC ULS process is not simple. Be sure not to have a cocktail or two before you start the process. It is not particularly straightforward.
I received my first FCC station license when I was 13-years old--that was 47-years ago. I obtained it from some stern-faced bureaucrats on the tenth floor of a marble and granite federal building in the center of the city where I lived. My father had dropped me off and had given me cash money
to pay for it. After I filled out the application I was informed that the FCC did not accept cash for applications. Of course, as a 13-year-old I did not have a checking account or have a check with me. They suggested I get a money
order. I had to run down to a concessionaire's shop on the first floor of the federal building and buy a money order. I don't think I had enough extra money to pay for the money order fee, but the fellow took pity on me and gave me a money order without the usual fee. I think the money order was for five-dollars. Then I hurried back to the tenth floor to sit for the examination. This confusion with the money was very upsetting, and got me very nervous. However, I did pass the examination and got my station and operator license. I guess some things never change with big government