Monday, November 27, 2006

Licenses have arrived!

I arrived home this evening and found a large envelope in the mail box with the words, "ON HER MAJESTY'S SERVICE" printed on it. At first, I thought it was some weird promotion for the new James Bond film. Then I realized the new movie is Casino Royale, not On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Huh? Then I spotted the exotic stamps with the name Montserrat in bold type. The licenses from Montserrat are here!
I ripped open the envelope to find five licenses for the original five group members, me, Paul, Mike, Budd, and Chris, along with a letter from the licensing authority indicating we have a valid license for calendar years 2007 and 2008. Hooray!
In an evil twist of fate, I had only hours before come from the Federal Express office in Burlington where I had dropped of another whole set of materials to the island. {sigh} I will drop our friend down there a note and tell him that only the materials for the last two guys, Tom and Bob, should be submitted.
The time to process the materials was about 2 1/2 months (September 12th to November 27th). Figuring it spent about a week each way, that means the offices down on Montserrat processed the request in about two months. That is a pretty good response time for stuff like this, I suspect. The panic we had been feeling in the group was entirely self-inflicted: we should have had these materials mailed to the island in June, not September.
If you are planning on visiting a far away place, get your licensing materials in very, very early. In this case, the license for operating on Montserrat was only about $10 US. Even if you don't actually go, you're only out ten bucks. If you are even considering going to some far away place, apply for the license early in your planning process. We did not do this and it caused all sorts of commotion and concern.
Enough of that! Here are the new call signs:
B. Scott Andersen (NE1RD) == VP2MRD
Budd Drummond (W3FF) == VP2MFF
Chris Drummond (W6HFP) == VP2MHF
Mike Greenwood (KC4VG) == VP2MVG
Paul Van Dyke (KB9AVO) == VP2MVO
There is lots more to talk about from last night's conference call. I'll try to pick up that thread tomorrow. In the mean time, please join me in a big sigh of relief! The license are here!


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