Riley Hollingsworth to NC Club: Amateur Enforcement 'Very Much Alive':
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Riley Hollingsworth To North Carolina Club: Amateur Enforcement 'Very Much Alive':
Former FCC Special Counsel for Enforcement Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH,
http://arvideonews.com/hrn/HRN_Episode_0174.html the Forsyth
Amateur Radio Club
that the FCC is still active
in the Amateur Radio enforcement arena, even though it's not always
apparent. He spoke to the Winston-Salem, North Carolina, club on
"You may not think so, but enforcement is very much alive," said
Hollingsworth, who -- although retired -- still keeps up with goings on
at the FCC and with the enforcement activities of his successor, FCC
Special Counsel Laura Smith. "You just don't hear a lot about it, as
you used to," he said, because ham radio news media report only the
"big announcements" these days. During his tenure, Hollingsworth
routinely released preliminary letters of inquiry and warning notices
to radio amateurs suspected of breaking the rules. Now, he said, the
FCC is using "the IRS model" of releasing information, partly in
response to privacy considerations.
"You only see final actions [now]," he said. "So, you don't think a
lot's being done, but it's all behind the scenes, and you don't know
What is not helpful, he told the club members, is e-mailing or writing
Laura Smith or the FCC proper to demand Commission attention to
particular enforcement issues. Hollingsworth said the FCC has received
"nasty e-mails to FCC personnel" concerning suspected ham radio rule
"I'm talking about horrible e-mails, threatening e-mails,
threatening to the degree that the security office sometimes gets
involved," he said. "We've got to stop this." Hiding behind the
anonymity of the Internet, he stressed, gives some within the FCC a bad
impression of ham radio and could prove counterproductive.
In remarks now familiar to many who have heard him speak at Dayton
Hamvention and elsewhere, Hollingsworth also warned his audience
members against getting into on-the-air spats with rude or careless
"Don't engage people, and don't humor the idiots," he said. "Stupidity
can't be regulated, no matter how good the rules are. Just turn the big
knob. Every rig has one."
Hollingsworth's complete talk appears as Episode 174
http://arvideonews.com/hrn/HRN_Episode_0174.html of the online
Amateur Radio television series HamRadioNow
http://www.hamradionow.tv/, produced by Gary Pearce, KN4AQ. Read more
-- Thanks to HamRadioNow and Gary Pearce, KN4AQ
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One or two busts every few years is very active? I would hate to see if the FCC went to sleep.
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