FCC PSHSB 17-344 How to Make a Filing Step by Step REPLY COMMENT, ends 2/21/2018
STEP 1. PREPARE YOUR "REPLY" COMMENT.
Enter into your browser the following url:
Please read: FCC PSHSB 17-344: ARRL/Winlink comments at FCC Puerto Rico Hearings on this website. You should be filing a "REPLY" comment to this one. You can also "REPLY" to the Waterman comment.
You are responding to the FCC question: "To what extent were response efforts facilitated by amateur radio operators? Going forward, should efforts be made to increase the use of amateur radio services in connection with the planning, testing and provision of emergency response and recovery communications?" Answer this question. That is the ONLY thing the FCC and Homeland Security want to hear. The ARRL and Waterman comments ask for immediate WT 16-239 enactment supposedly to "increase the use of amateur radio services", to bypass our previous dissenting comments. That is how our work became necessary.
At the top of your filing be CERTAIN you have "REPLY COMMENTS TO ARRL ON PSHSB 17-344". You must use this heading specifically!
IMPORTANT: Use polite respectful language that is brief and to the point. You are addressing the FCC here, not the filer. State why enacting WT 16-239 would NOT "increase the use of amateur radio services". It would cause interference and congestion that would decrease effectiveness of amateur communication.
At the end of the filing, state your name, CALLSIGN (THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT), and if you are an ARRL member and if so, for how long. This identifies you as one with a legitimate interest in the filing, not some internet troll.
If you are filing comments based on your personal experience in Puerto Rico, show how that idea "increases the use of amateur radio services" to serve the public interest. Do not just rant about ARRL by laws or code of conduct. The FCC cannot do anything about that, and it will not be helpful to vent that here, as it is a public record which will be seen by the press. Yes, it IS important. Use your comments on that in the appropriate forum. Other comments on how to improve the value of the amateur service will be welcome. If the ARRL got in the way of getting the job done, and you have FACTS to support that, OK.
Once you have your thoughts completely organized, you are ready to file a REPLY comment on 17-344. To use this method, you must first generate a .txt or .pdf file with your word processor. But do not start the next steps, until your comments are completely ready, and saved as a file ready to upload to the FCC web site.
STEP 2. GO TO THE FCC WEBSITE. IMPORTANT: DO NOT click the "back" arrow on your browser during this work, or all your work will be lost. FINISH your comment, and finish the filing before doing anything else with your computer. This process is spelled out below step by step. The actual upload of your prepared comments will take about 15 minutes, if you follow this step by step. Go to this site:
Look along the UPPER LEFT hand side of the page. Find the box underneath FILTERS.
On the bottom of that box, there are two blue texts: "+ New Filing" and "+ Express".
CLICK on "+ New Filing".
Automatically, it will take you to a form to enter your contact information and upload a reply comment.
STEP 3. FILE REPLY COMMENT ON THE CORRECT FCC PROCEEDING. Now you should see a form titled "Submit a Filing". The form should have at the top, in the first box, in YELLOW, "17-344". This method makes sure you are filing in the correct FCC rule making proceeding. If that is OK, move down to step 4.
STEP 4. ENTER YOUR NAME. Enter YOUR NAME in the "NAME OF FILER" area. VERY IMPORTANT: PRESS ENTER KEY, AFTER EACH ITEM YOU ENTER IN THIS PART OF THE PROCESS! Your name is now entered in yellow highlight as before. This indicates the system accepted that entry, and you can go to the next step.
STEP 5. ENTER YOUR EMAIL."Primary Contact email" enter your email exactly as "email@example.com" or .net, whatever your full email address is.
Your email will NOT be entered in public record, but it can be used by the FCC to contact you to verify your filing has been accepted. This one will not turn yellow and you no longer have to press enter. Just click on the next item down in the form.
Skip the Law Firm and Author boxes, unless you are a lawyer.
STEP 6. SELECT "REPLY TO COMMENTS". There is a choice of which type of communication you wish to send to the FCC. DO NOT select "COMMENT" since that time has expired and it will be ignored. Click on the arrow in the narrow rectangle on the right hand side of the small window. A drop down menu will appear. Click on "REPLY TO COMMENTS". That will appear in the small window. You will not need to press enter for this one. This window will not turn yellow.
STEP 7. The next small window below is "file number".
SKIP THE BOXES "FILE NUMBER" "REPORT NUMBER" AND "BUREAU ID NUMBER".
YOU WILL HAVE THE FILING YOU ARE REPLYING TO (AND ITS URL MAYBE) AT THE TOP OF YOUR DOCUMENT.
WE HAVE HAD SOME PROBLEMS WITH THE FCC ACCEPTING LONG URLS, SO THIS WILL WORK FINE.
STEP 8. SELECT "FILER". The next window down "ADDRESS OF" has an arrow pointing down on the right hand side. It works just like the "TYPE OF FILING" window. They want to know WHOSE address it is, filer, author, law firm. Select "FILER". That's you.
STEP 9. ENTER YOUR STREET ADDRESS. Click in the Address window. Your cursor should be at the beginning of the blank area for address. Type your street address there. Use Number, street, apartment format. You MUST enter a STREET address to file, it is a required field. That address will appear in the FCC data base. Not to worry. Your amateur license also lists that. If you use your call sign, people can track you that way. This is a public record.
DO NOT CLICK the "international" checkbox.
STEP 10. ENTER YOUR CITY. CLICK in CITY BOX to position your blinking cursor there. Type in your city.
STEP 11. ENTER YOUR STATE IN THE STATE BOX. and CLICK in the open area. A list will drop down. Scroll to your state. CLICK on your state. The form now should have your state.
STEP 12. ENTER YOUR ZIP CODE IN THE ZIP BOX. Type in your zip code, 5 digits.
STEP 13. CHECK YOUR WORK. First be sure all blank areas on the form which have a "*" are filled in. The FCC system will NOT accept any filings that do not have that information.
STEP 14. UPLOAD YOUR FILE CONTAINING YOUR REPLY COMMENT. Click on the CLICK OR DROP FILES area. This will open a browser on your Windows computer. Navigate to the document you prepared earlier. Select it and upload it. OR Drag and drop that previously created document on the drop files area. The file, with the name you gave it will now be in that window.
STEP 15. A small box will open to the right. This is where you put a description: "REPLY COMMENTS TO ARRL ON PSHSB 17-344".
STEP 16. CLICK ON THE CHECKBOX "EMAIL CONFIRMATION". You will receive an email confirmation that your filing has been accepted in only minutes. That is why you entered your email earlier. Your email will not be shared for any other purpose. NO SPAM will happen. Your filing will appear on the FCC site within a couple days.
STEP 17. REVIEW YOUR WORK FOR ERRORS.
STEP 18. CLICK ON "CONTINUE TO REVIEW SCREEN". Don't worry, if you failed to enter any info where there was a * indicating required information, this is where the FCC will catch it. You can fix it up and still be OK. Just follow the procedure.
STEP 19. If all is well, you will be asked to confirm that everything is correct, and you can click on SUBMIT BUTTON at the bottom, and it will all go to the FCC.
STEP 20. It will take a moment, but you will eventually get a third screen, confirming it has been accepted into the ECFS. You will have a confirmation number in that window. If you save that number, you can track your filing. Print this page, if you want to.
VERY IMPORTANT! WAIT! Do NOT file repeated duplicates of your filing. IF you do not WAIT as directed, but keep repeatedly clicking on SUBMIT, multiple filings will result.
The FCC will also send you a "confirming acceptance" email if you checked the box I told you to mark.
If you immediately check the FCC website, your comment WILL NOT BE THERE right away. Your filing will appear on the FCC site within a couple business days. THANK YOU FOR FILING A REPLY COMMENT!
73, Janis AB2RA