Amendments to the July 27, 1914 edition of "Radio Laws and Regulations of the United States", reported in the Radio Service Bulletin from issue #1 through issue #32 (January, 1915 through December 1, 1919). NOTE: Text within [brackets] are explanatory additions:
 
RSB Issue[Regulations pursuant to the act of August 13, 1912.]
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January, 1915
(No. 1)
    Paragraph 153, page 66, add the following sentence:
    Renewals or new licenses may be issued a reasonable length of time previous to the expiration of existing licenses, but must bear the exact date of issue, which must correspond with the date on the back of Form 756 forwarded to the Commissioner of Navigation.
    Paragraph 162, page 67, should read:
    Operators desiring to retain their expired or canceled licenses may make application thereof or to the examining officer or to the Commissioner of Navigation. Old licenses returned to operators will be marked "Canceled" or "Expired" in red across their faces, and the service record will be transcribed on the back of Form 756 sent to the Commissioner of Navigation, in accordance with paragraph 154, above.

March, 1915
(No. 3)

    Introduction, page 9, sentence commencing on the sixth line should read:
    "The rates in the international list are stated in francs and centimes. For approximate purposes, 1 franc equals 20 cents and 5 centimes equal 1 cent."

April, 1915
(No. 4)

    Paragraph 153, page 66 should read:
    Renewal licenses may be issued to commercial grade operators without examination, provided the service records on the backs of licenses properly certify to three months' satisfactory commercial service during the last six months of the license term. If expired licenses have been lost or destroyed, an affidavit must be submitted attesting the facts regarding the manner in which the license was lost. In such cases evidence of the required satisfactory commercial service may be submitted in the form of letters signed by masters and employers.
    Operators holding licenses of grades other than commercial, who submit satisfactory evidence to the examining officer, showing actual operation of radio apparatus for three months during the last six months of the license term, may be issued new licenses without examination. Otherwise, applicants for renewals will be examined in the usual manner.
    Renewals or new licenses may be issued a reasonable length of time previous to the expiration of existing licenses, but must bear the exact date of issue, which must correspond with the date on the back of Form 756 forwarded to the Commissioner of Navigation.
    Service records must be completed and signed only by masters, employers, or the duly authorized agents of either.
    Any improper alteration of the service record or the forgery of masters' or employers' signatures constitutes a violation of the regulations, and the operator may suffer suspension of license for a period not exceeding one year, at the discretion of the Secretary of Commerce.

May, 1915
(No. 5)

    Paragraph 153, page 66 should read:
    a. Renewal licenses may be issued to commercial grade operators without examination, provided the service records on the backs of licenses properly certify to three months' satisfactory commercial service during the last six months of the license term. If expired licenses have been lost or destroyed, an affidavit must be submitted attesting the facts regarding the manner in which the license was lost. In such cases evidence of the required satisfactory commercial service may be submitted in the form of letters signed by masters and employers.
    b. Operators holding licenses of grades other than commercial, who submit satisfactory evidence to the examining officer, showing actual operation of radio apparatus for three months during the last six months of the license term, may be issued new licenses without examination. Otherwise, applicants for renewals will be examined in the usual manner.
    c. Renewals or new licenses may be issued a reasonable length of time previous to the expiration of existing licenses, but must bear the exact date of issue, which must correspond with the date on the back of Form 756 forwarded to the Commissioner of Navigation.
    d. Operators who fail to apply for renewal of their licenses on or prior to the date of expiration must be reexamined. If, because of circumstances over which the applicant has no control, an operator is unable to apply for renewal of license on or prior to the date of expiration, an affidavit may be submitted to the Commissioner of Navigation through the radio inspector or examining officer, attesting to the facts, which will be considered by the Commissioner of Navigation, who will advise the radio inspector or examining officer in regard to the issue of a renewal of the license without reexamination.
    e. Service records must be completed and signed only by masters, employers, or the duly authorized agents of either.
    f. Any improper alteration of the service record or the forgery of masters' or employers' signatures constitutes a violation of the regulations, and the operator may suffer suspension of license for a period not exceeding one year, at the discretion of the Secretary of Commerce.

June, 1915
(No. 6)

    Paragraph 71, page 56, should read:
    In order to comply with section 2 of the act of June 24, 1910, every land station open to general public service, and every station on board an American vessel of the first or second class engaged in the foreign trade or transoceanic service, shall have as a part of the station equipment a copy of the official Berne list and supplements thereto as issued. Information concerning the use of this list and method of procuring it is given on page 72, paragraph 196.
    Paragraph 193, page 72, should read:
    Supplements to this list are issued monthly under the title "Radio Service Bulletin," and the list is revised annually as of July 1. These monthly supplements contain information concerning Government, commercial, and special stations only, and information regarding amateur stations appears only in the annual edition of the list of Radio Stations of the United States. Amendments to or changes in the Radio Laws and Regulations of the United States are printed in this bulletin in such a manner that they may be clipped and pasted in their proper places in that publication. Items of general interest, concerning the enforcement of the radio laws are printed in the bulletin from time to time, as occasion warrants.
    Paragraph 195, page 72, should read:
    A copy of the official Berne list, and supplements as issued, are required as a part of the equipment of every land station open to general public service and every ship station of the first or second class on American vessels engaged in foreign trade or the transoceanic service.

December, 1915
(No. 12)

    Paragraph 149, page 66, should read:
    Amateurs should write to the nearest examining officer in their vicinity (see pars. 134-145) for Form 756 "Application for operator's license" and to the radio inspector in their vicinity for Form 762 "Amateur applicant's description of apparatus."
    Foreign-born applicants for station licenses must submit satisfactory evidence of their citizenship.
    Paragraph 156, page 67, add the following sentence:
    Licenses will not be signed by examining officers until the oath of secrecy has been properly executed.
    Paragraph 160, page 67, last sentence should read:
    Licenses held by them must be submitted to the examining officer.
    Paragraph 161, page 67, should read:
    Radio operators who pass the examination for a higher-grade license are required to submit their existing licenses to examining officers to be marked "Canceled."
    Paragraph 162, page 67, should read:
    Expired or canceled licenses will be returned to the licensees, marked "Canceled" or "Expired" in red across their faces, provided the particulars on Form 756, submitted herewith, are found correct by the examining officer. The service record shown on the reverse side of the license must be transcribed on Form 756.
    Paragraph 175, page 70, should read:
    Whenever practicable, the radio inspector shall satisfy himself on his visit before the departure of a steamer subject to the act of June 24, 1910, as amended July 23, 1912, that the radio apparatus is efficient and in good working order within the meaning of the act. If the apparatus does not comply with the law, the radio inspector will furnish the master with the stub of Form 771 "inspection record" on which will be noted the particulars in which the apparatus does not comply with the law. Where apparatus is found to be in compliance with the law, the stub of Form 771 will not be detached.
    Paragraph 176, page 70, should read:
    Masters of vessels entering a port of the United States and expecting to leave under the act of June 24, 1910, as amended July 23, 1912, should file Form 753a "Radio declaration" (Appendix A) in duplicate with the customs officer at the time of entry. The customs officer will furnish one copy to the radio inspector in order that proper inspection of the radio equipment may be made before departure.
    Paragraph 177, page 70, should read:
    For each departure of a steamer under the act of June 24, 1910, as amended July 23, 1912, the master is required to furnish to the customs officer a certificate in the form of Appendix B (Form 753b) "Master's certificate of radio apparatus." Such certificates shall be retained in the files of the collectors of customs. The collector of customs will arrange for the collection of these certificates at all times.
    Appendix A, Radio Service forms, page 75, should read:
Radio service Form 753a.
RADIO DECLARATION
(To be submitted in duplicate)
________
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
BUREAU OF NAVIGATION
RADIO SERVICE
________
    NOTICE.-"The radio equipment must be in charge of two or more persons skilled in the use of such apparatus, one or the other of whom shall be on duty at all times while the vessel is being navigated. Such equipment, operators, the regulation of their watches, and the transmission and receipt of messages, except as may be regulated by law or international agreement, shall be under the control of the master, in the case of a vessel of the United States; and every willful failure on the part of the master to enforce at sea the provisions of this paragraph as to equipment, operators, and watches shall subject him to a penalty of one hundred dollars."--Act of July 23, 1912.
________
PORT OF_______________        
DATE_____________, 191  
    This is to certify that the (Nationality) S. S. ________________________ of the (Name of company or line), of which I am the master, entered this port on _____________________, 191 , having in crew (Number.) persons and licensed or certified to carry (Number.) passengers; that the said vessel {is/is not} equipped with radio apparatus as required by the act of June 24, 1910, as amended July 23, 1912; that the radio station is in charge of (Number.) properly licensed radio operators and the apparatus is in {efficient/inefficient} condition.
    Master or Agent.
________
    This form should be filed in duplicate with the collector of customs at time of entry, who will furnish one copy to the radio inspector of the district on the date of entry in order that proper inspection may be made of the radio apparatus prior to the clearance of the vessel.

    Appendix B, Radio Service forms, page 75.
    The form number of Appendix B has been changed 753 to 753b, the form remaining as heretofore.

March, 1916
(No. 15)

    Paragraph 63, page 56, parenthetical clause, lines two and three should read:
    SEC. 4, fifteenth regulation, act of August 13, 1912.

June, 1916
(No. 18)

    Paragraph 152-a, page 66, insert the following:
    Holders of commercial extra first-grade radio operators' licenses may be issued renewal of such licenses without examination, provided the service records on the backs of the licenses properly certify to 12 months' satisfactory service in a land or ship station open to general public service, at least 6 months of which must have been served during the last 12 months of the license period.
    However, holders of commercial extra first-grade licenses now employed as radio inspectors, radio instructors, or similar occupations requiring exceptional qualifications where the duties require the testing, or demonstrating, or otherwise using commercial radio apparatus and the telegraph codes, may be issued renewals of their licenses without reexamination, provided, in addition to the above, they can show satisfactory evidence of such service covering a period of 18 months out of the two-year license period. Where the applicant has not used regularly the telegraph codes, he will be given the code examination required in the original examination or, if he has used only one code, he will be examined in the code not used.
    The service record shown on the licenses must be transcribed on Form 756.

July, 1916
(No. 19)

    Paragraph 126, page 64, amended July 1, 1916 to read:
    The code test shall continue for 5 minutes at a speed of 20 words, 12 words, and 5 words a minute, respectively, for the commercial first, second, and lower grades, 5 letters, numerals, or other characters to the word, and to qualify the applicant must receive 20, 12, or 5 words in consecutive order accurately and legibly written. Operators will not be permitted to break or interrupt while receiving or to correct or alter the transcription after it has been submitted to the examining officer.

September 1, 1916
(No. 21)

    Paragraph 73, page 57, amended September 1, 1916 to read:
    Persons or corporations holding licenses for radio stations, either land or ship, should notify the radio inspector for the district whenever the station or vessel goes out of commission for a period exceeding three months. The Commissioner of Navigation should be notified promptly of any intention to suspend or discontinue the service of any commercial station.
    Paragraph 74, page 57, amended September 1, 1916 to read:
    If there is no intention to resume the same service, or if the station or vessel will enter a different service from that indicated by the license, the radio inspector will submit the license to the bureau, together with a statement of the facts, so that the license may be amended.
    Paragraph 75, page 57, amended September 1, 1916 to read:
    When the station goes into commission, the radio inspector will satisfy himself that the station corresponds to the schedule of the station as shown in the license.
    Paragraph 93, page 59, amended September 1, 1916 to read:
    Hereafter expired station licenses of all classes, commercial and amateur, need not be returned to the radio inspectors with applications for renewals. Owners desiring a renewal license must complete new forms, as prescribed for original applications. New licenses will be issued in every case of renewal.

NOTE: Publication of the Radio Service Bulletin was suspended during World War I. (During the war, every radio station in the United States was either closed down or taken over by the U.S. Government.) Issue #27, dated March 1, 1917, was the last issue produced before the suspension. The publication started up again after the war with issue #28, dated August 1, 1919.

August 1, 1919
(No. 28)

    Paragraph 122, page 63, amended December 20, 1918, to read:
    Amateur, first grade.--The applicant must have a sufficient knowledge of the adjustment and operation of the apparatus which he wishes to operate and of the regulations of the international convention and acts of Congress in so far as they relate to the interference with other radio communication and impose certain duties on all grades of operators. The applicant must be able to transmit and receive Continental Morse code at a speed sufficient to enable him to recognize distress calls or the official "keep out" signals. A speed of at least 10 words per minute (5 letters to the word) must be obtained.
    Paragraph 126, page 64, amended December 20, 1918, to read:
    The code test shall continue for five minutes at a speed of 20 words, 12 words, and 10 words per minute, respectively, for the commercial first, second, and amateur first-grade license, 5 letters, numerals, or other characters to the word, and to qualify the applicant must receive 20, 12, and 10 words in consecutive order accurately and legibly written. Operators will not be permitted to break or interrupt while receiving or to correct or alter the transcription after it has been submitted to the examining officer.

    Radio operators' examinations are held by the radio inspectors at the following ports: At the customhouse in Boston, New York, Baltimore, New Orleans, and San Francisco; Federal Building in Chicago and Detroit; 205 Citizens Bank Building, Norfolk; and 2301 L. C. Smith Building, Seattle.

November 1, 1919
(No. 31)

    Paragraph 166:
    Amended so as to eliminate Cleveland, Ohio, and substitute Detroit, Mich., in lieu thereof.

NOTE: Beginning with the January 2, 1920 issue (No. 33) of the Radio Service Bulletin, regulation changes applied to the revised, August 15, 1919 edition, of "Radio Laws and Regulations of the United States".