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FCC Proposes Substantial Fines for Two Radio Amateurs:

from The ARRL Letter on July 24, 2014
Website: http://www.arrl.org/
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FCC Proposes Substantial Fines for Two Radio Amateurs Alleging Deliberate Interference, Failure to Identify:

The FCC Enforcement Bureau came down hard on two radio amateurs this week, proposing substantial fines for alleged deliberate interference with other Amateur Radio communications -- in one case by transmitting music and animal noises -- and failure to properly identify. In similar Notices of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NALs) released July 22, the Commission proposed fining Michael Guernsey, KZ8O (ex-ND8V), of Parchment, Michigan, $22,000, and Brian Crow, K3VR, of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, $11,500. In both cases, the FCC said the evidence indicated that the transmissions at issue were aimed at interfering with other radio amateurs with whom each "has had a long-standing and well-documented dispute" that had spilled out onto the air.

The FCC in both instances responded last March to "several complaints of intentional interference" on 14.313 MHz. Commission agents used radio direction-finding techniques to pin down the source of the transmissions. According to the NAL issued to Guernsey http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2014/db0722/DA-14-1030A1.pdf, the FCC agents monitored transmissions from his station for approximately 40 minutes on March 7, 2014, "and heard him transmit a pre-recorded song and various animal noises on the frequency."

According to the NAL issued to Crow http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2014/db0722/DA-14-1031A1.pdf, FCC agents monitored transmissions from his station for approximately 3 hours on the morning of March 14, 2014, and heard him transmit slow-scan television (SSTV) signals and "a pre-recorded voice transmission of another amateur station on the frequency."

"These transmissions prevented other amateur licensees from communicating over the frequency," the NALs said, adding that neither Guernsey or Crow transmitted their assigned call signs while the agents were listening.

The FCC agents later the same day visited Crow's residence and asked to inspect his station, which they confirmed was capable of operating on 14.313 MHz. Crow denied operating his station that morning, however, and claimed that he was not at home when the interfering transmissions occurred.

The Enforcement Bureau has warned both Guernsey and Crow in the past regarding interference to other Amateur Radio operators. In Crow's case, the FCC said the fact that he subsequently interfered with other amateur operators "demonstrates a deliberate disregard for the Commission's authority," and warranted an upward adjustment of $3500 to his proposed base forfeiture. Guernsey first came to the Enforcement Bureau's attention in the late 1990s and, the FCC said in the NAL, "has a history of causing interference to the communications of other Amateur Radio operators and has been warned repeatedly in writing." Guernsey's lengthy history with the Commission warranted an upward adjustment of $14,000 to his proposed base forfeiture.

The Commission gave both licensees 30 days to pay their fines or to file written statements "seeking reduction or cancellation of the proposed forfeiture."

The NALs to Guernsey and Crow came in the wake of a June 5 Notice of Violation (NoV http://transition.fcc.gov/Daily_Releases/Daily_Business/2014/db0701/DOC-327980A1.pdf) alleging that Thomas Ryan Price, W7WL, of Sweet Home, Oregon, caused malicious interference to other radio communications on 3908 kHz, transmitted music on the same frequency, and failed to properly identify.

Source:

The ARRL Letter

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FCC Proposes Substantial Fines for Two Radio Amateurs:  
by N1NGV on July 25, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
it's about time!!
 
RE: FCC Proposes Substantial Fines for Two Radio Amateurs:  
by W6EM on July 25, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
About time? How about all of this happening right when ARRL is trying to get Congress to pass a pre-emption of CC&Rs. The opposition, HOA group CAI, is going to eat this up. Portraying hams as a bunch of kooks that no one in their right mind would want for neighbors.

ARRL brought all of this on by insulting the FCC Enforcement Bureau in their comments filed in FCC proceeding GN 14-25, where they claim that there has been no visible enforcement since Riley retired........

 
FCC Proposes Substantial Fines for Two Radio Amateurs:  
by KF8HW on July 26, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
After years of hearing the nonsense of these guys and how disruptive and abhorrent their conduct has been, the only sad point in all of this is that their licenses were not permanently revoked...
 
FCC Proposes Substantial Fines for Two Radio Amateurs:  
by KD7DHB on July 28, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
Intentional interference of another ham communicating ?


Hardly ! No one is asking the question , What content was he trying to suppress? Well there are some hams who want to talk about raping 14 year old girls or boys,Talking about Laura Smiths body parts, and other content not suitable for amateur radio bands. Yes 14.313 is a bad neighborhood but thank god all the Lunatics stay primarily on one frequency. Imagine if you had to try and locate them on 20 different frequencies ?
I have herd K3VR Brian Crow stand up many times for whats right and moral < maybe his technique wasnt what you would have done > but This is a problem the FCC hasnt addressed in too many years . So was he Actually Jamming a legit conversation ? Or was he Playing noises over the top a ILLEGITIMATE NASTY BROADCAST ?
George washington said once (”Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.”
But Sometimes the right course demands an act of piracy, piracy itself can be the right course!

Its nice to know that the United States still have Patriots , People that love our country and ham radio hobbie and are willing to get thrown under the bus to achieve a common goal !
 
FCC Proposes Substantial Fines for Two Radio Amateurs:  
by KD7DHB on July 28, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
I've known Brian for years and he would never deliberately interfere with another ham. Not only that, the FCC's case has more holes than a block of Swiss cheese.
 
RE: FCC Proposes Substantial Fines for Two Radio Amateurs:  
by STRAIGHTKEY on July 28, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
>ARRL brought all of this on by insulting the FCC Enforcement Bureau in their comments filed in FCC proceeding GN 14-25, where they claim that there has been no visible enforcement since Riley retired........

Insulting the Enforcement Bureau? ARRL was telling the truth. Usually when someone is told they're not doing their job, that's not considered an insult.
 
RE: FCC Proposes Substantial Fines for Two Radio Amateurs:  
by AB5S on August 5, 2014 Mail this to a friend!
I can't comment on KZ8O's situation.
But the case against K3VR is full of improprieties.
It does not pass "the smell test."
I won't go into details because I already did so
in another thread.

I see the lynch mob- who really have no idea of
the complete facts, but can't pass-up the chance
to feel superior by howling for someone's blood,
are still having a big time.

The outcome of this knee-jerk FCC show is
that the most vile, despicable Orc of a ham
radio operator in history has now been given
de facto official sanction and succor for him
and his mangy pack of cur followers.
The knowledge that he and N4TAT are doing
"victory laps" on 14.313 is sickening.
IF Brian is guilty, there is a long-established
course of action which would have avoided
this bungling outcome.

I have said for years and posted so that involving
the Federal Government in our business is counter-
productive and an invitation to disaster.
Anyone who remembers Prose Walker should have learned
that long ago. Cranky old men whine and poke
the FCC Dragon about some petty minor crap- like a
couple of dozen clowns on a single frequency on
20 meters- with the result that the Dragon burns and
eats a bunch of bystanders so the whiners
will shut up and go away.
People have raved and ranted that these vanishingly small
number of loons on 14.313 were going to "ruin ham radio!!"
Well, bullshit. They've been clowning for 30 years
and ham radio is just fine, Thank you.
"Spin the Dial" before you poke the Dragon, for God's sake.

Annoying the FCC to "fix" this nonsense is like
asking to swat a few flies by dropping an atom bomb.
You'll get the flies, but I think the wreckage left
behind might be a bit bothersome. It ain't worth
the risk, folks. We can handle our own problems.
73 D.S.
 
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