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KS Ham Issued $10,000 Fine for Operation of Unlicensed Broadcast Station:

from The ARRL Letter on December 7, 2012
Website: http://www.arrl.org/
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Kansas Ham Issued $10,000 Fine for Operation of Unlicensed Broadcast Station:

On December 5, Glen Rubash, KC0GPV, of Dwight, Kansas, was issued a $10,000 fine for what the FCC called "willfully and Repeatedly" violating Section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, by operating an unlicensed radio transmitter on the frequency 88.3 MHz in Manhattan, Kansas.

In response to a complaint, agents from the FCC's Kansas City office used direction finding equipment techniques to locate the source of radio frequency transmissions on the frequency 88.3 MHz. According to a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture issued on December 6, agents found an FM transmitting antenna mounted on a pole next to a residence in Manhattan, Kansas on September 26, 2012. The agents determined that the signals on 88.3 MHz exceeded the limits for operation under Part 15 and therefore required a license. The FCC noted that its records showed that no authorization was issued to Rubash or to anyone else for operation of an FM broadcast stations at or near this location. Read more here http://www.arrl.org/news/kansas-ham-issued-10-000-fine-for-operation-of-unlicensed-broadcast-station.

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KS Ham Issued $10,000 Fine for Operation of Unlicensed Broad  
by AB9TA on December 8, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
So, when does his Amateur License get yanked? Not soon enough, we don't need knuckleheads like this..
73!
Bill AB9TA
 
RE: KS Ham Issued $10,000 Fine for Operation of Unlicensed B  
by KB2CPW on December 9, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Why is he a knucklehead? I am sure alot is going on in Kansas on 88.3 MHz. Was he interfering? The story says nothing about interference. Just that his power out of his antenna exceeded the limits.
It amazes me how fast they act on the commercial bands but we have to endure the degenerates on ours day in and day out. The real knuckleheads are the Feds running around cow fart Kansas looking for some fm station probably causing no interference to commercial entities.

My guess is he was broadcasting Christmas music for a display in front of his home and we all know the govt is the grinch.
 
RE: KS Ham Issued $10,000 Fine for Operation of Unlicensed B  
by WB8ROL on December 9, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
You will notice that their response was to a complaint. And then he grossly failed to cooperate. Not smart. And not the kind of ham operators we need.

---WB8ROL
 
RE: KS Ham Issued $10,000 Fine for Operation of Unlicensed B  
by WB8ROL on December 9, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
You will notice that their response was to a complaint. And then he grossly failed to cooperate. Not smart. And not the kind of ham operators we need.

---WB8ROL
 
RE: KS Ham Issued $10,000 Fine for Operation of Unlicensed B  
by AB9TA on December 9, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
I just don't understand why people feel the need to jump to the defense of Knuckleheads...
I really wish you would've actually read the story, but here are a few facts:

1. There were complaints, so he was very likely causing problems for somebody. There are three FM stations that he could have been interfereing with in the Manhattan area even with just a few watts; 88.1 from Topeka, 88.3 from Concordia, 88.5 from Salina. They're all 50-75 mi away, and well within listening range in the flatlands of Kansas.
2. The FCC started their investigation in September, and the ham in question stated he had been in operation for a couple of months before that. I guess he's just a year-round Christmas kind of guy, right?
3. The antenna in question was mounted on a pole, probably to achieve the maximum coverage area. He was using the garage of some poor guy who got a visit from the feds for his trouble!
4. Best of all, our hero is from Dwight, KS, about 25-30 miles from Manhattan where the transmitter was installed. Must have been a huge 30 mile long Christmas display?
5. This guy is an Extra-Class licensee, he should know this type of thing is not legal.

If he can't figure that last part out, we don't need him in the Amateur Service.

So, my original premise stands: A. Knucklehead, B. Looking forward to the notice from FCC about the upcoming revocation of license KC0GPV.

73!
Bill AB9TA
 
RE: KS Ham Issued $10,000 Fine for Operation of Unlicensed B  
by K1DA on December 10, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
Keep looking, K1MAN still has HIS.
 
RE: KS Ham Issued $10,000 Fine for Operation of Unlicensed B  
by AE5XK on December 10, 2012 Mail this to a friend!
This guy wasn't broadcasting Christmas music for his nativity scene in his front yard. He was rebroadcasting right-wing talk shows and had a serious antenna. His station was getting out.

This guy was an extra and new better and failed numerous times to respond to complaints. At first, I thought that he might've had a small C.Crane or iRock FM transmitter that was putting out a little too much power, but after looking into it, he was intentionally operating a pirate station.
 
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