That is how I feel as well.
I ended up taking the course and now I am waiting on the FCC to finish their evaluation of my application. Apparently they have now implemented a background check program that has had my application caught up in their system now for over a month for something I did 10 years ago… Go figure. I asked them how long this process usually takes to which I was told I am one of the first to go through it because they JUST implemented it and havent had anyone go through it yet.
I have had to write a letter explaining how the general public would benefit from them giving me the GMDSS License. Do you know how hard it was to come up with how the general public benefitted from me having that???
Such is life, you gotta pay for your mistakes, no matter how may times you pay there is always another bill around the corner…
Which leads me to another question… I sent in the completion certificate to the USCG to get the endorsement on my license. So, does the USCG give it to me based on the completion of the course? I am trying to hurry along the FCC process to ensure they issue before the CG has issue with the situation.
Interesting part is I already hold another FCC license but they do not care about that, even though I have been issued their license AFTER my legal issue when I was younger… We shall see how this pans out.