From page 11 of the Report and Order :. We adopt the categories of personal license application fees proposed in the NPRM. Click here to read the full report PDF. Most of the items relevant to amateur radio start at paragraph 30 on page 11 above.
Amateur Radio Service
Examinations | Federal Communications Commission
No matter where you go, somebody is going to have some rules for you to follow. No exception here. The United States Federal Communications Commission FCC is the authority on not only ham radio regs, but also those involving television and radio transmission, telephone company operation, cellular phone transmissions, and a wide range of other communication venues, as their title implies. Although I believe that government involvement in ANYTHING should be kept to a bare minimum, it's good to have some regulatory body in this case, because somebody has to ensure that radio frequencies are specifically allotted to different types and groups of communication devices. Otherwise, you could hear me transmitting on my two-meter mobile while you're listening to the Bee Gees on your favorite '70's station, and I might end up hearing you and your buddy ragchew right in the middle of the X-Files!
Amateur Call Sign Systems
Licenses to operate amateur stations for personal use are granted to individuals of any age once they demonstrate an understanding of both pertinent FCC regulations and knowledge of radio station operation and safety considerations. Applicants as young as five years old have passed examinations and were granted licenses. Operator licenses are divided into different classes, each of which corresponds to an increasing degree of knowledge and corresponding privileges. Over the years, the details of the classes have changed significantly, leading to the current system of three open classes and three grandfathered but closed to new applicants classes. Amateur radio licenses in the United States are issued and renewed by the Federal Communications Commission without charge, although the private individuals who administer the examinations may recoup their expenses by charging a fee.
Our HOA management company keeps sending me notices and assessing fines for a temporary antenna that fits on a PVC mast. Our HOA rules do not specifically ban antennas, but they mention that dish receivers must be attached to a railing and on a tripod. So, I fashioned a temporary mast that's tied to my dish frame.