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Alleged Deliberate Interference Leads to $25,000 Fine for Florida Ham:

from The ARRL Letter on March 7, 2013
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Alleged Deliberate Interference Leads to $25,000 Fine for Florida Ham:

On March 1, the FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) in the amount of $25,000 to Terry L. VanVolkenburg, KC5RF, of Cocoa, Florida. The FCC alleged that VanVolkenburg "apparently willfully and repeatedly violated Sections 301 and 333 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended..., by operating a radio transmitter without a license on...465.300 MHz and for interfering with licensed communications." VanVolkenburg holds an Advanced class license.

According to the Commission's Forfeiture Policy Statement and Section 1.80 of the rules, the base forfeiture amount for operation without an instrument of authorization is $10,000, and the base forfeiture amount for interference is $7000. In assessing the monetary forfeiture amount, the FCC must also take into account statutory factors that include the nature, circumstances, extent and gravity of the violations, and with respect to the violator, the degree of culpability, any history of prior offenses, ability to pay and other such matters. "We find Mr VanVolkenburg's misconduct particularly egregious because his unlicensed operation involved willful and malicious interference to the communications of the Brevard County Sheriff's Department, which included threats against the officers, after being told (multiple times) to cease his interfering communications," the FCC stated in the NAL. "Thus, we find that an upward adjustment of $8000 to the combined base forfeiture of $17,000 is warranted. Applying the Forfeiture Policy Statement, Section 1.80 of the rules and the statutory factors to the instant case, we conclude that Mr VanVolkenburg is apparently liable for a forfeiture in the amount of $25,000." Read more here


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Alleged Deliberate Interference Leads to $25,000 Fine for Fl  
by W8AAZ on March 7, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
Hams are supposed to be radio savvy, why do they think they can get away with jamming public service and not get tracked down? I would expect that ignorance from maybe a second rate CBer.
Alleged Deliberate Interference Leads to $25,000 Fine for Fl  
by AG2AA on March 8, 2013 Mail this to a friend!
i'm thinking he has "other issues" given the content of the transmissions.
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