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Hollingsworth Era of Amateur Enforcement Enters Fourth Year:

from The ARRL Letter, Vol 20, No 49 on December 16, 2001
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Hollingsworth Era of Amateur Enforcement Enters Fourth Year:

FCC Special Counsel for Amateur Radio Enforcement Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, this week praised the overall level of Amateur Radio compliance with FCC rules as "outstanding." His assessment came as the current era of Amateur Radio enforcement under his guidance and direction enters its fourth year.

Riley Hollingsworth is a frequent attraction on the ham radio convention circuit.

"The vast majority of operators are proud of the service and want to contribute to it and want to pass on the great legacy that it has become," Hollingsworth said in a statement marking the occasion. "May it last a thousand years!"

An amateur for 41 years, Hollingsworth also declared his pride in the Amateur Service. "I saw the energy and compassion and excellent operating of amateurs at the Pentagon and World Trade Center after September 11," he said. "I've seen and heard it at the National Hurricane Center in Miami--home of W4EHW--and in countless meetings with individual amateurs and at amateur events all over the United States."

Hollingsworth said US hams "have a lot to be proud of," and he urged them to "participate in Amateur Radio with enthusiasm, celebrate it, enjoy it and share it, because you have made it an incredible national resource and the only truly fail-safe communication service on the planet Earth."

Hollingsworth again reminded amateurs to be acutely aware of the image they present to anyone who might be listening. "I hear far too many operators who don't realize what a bad reflection they are on American amateur operators," he said.

Now nationally recognized and respected within the amateur community, Hollingsworth was relatively unknown outside the FCC bureaucracy when he volunteered to take on the challenge of amateur enforcement in 1998. For several years prior, the FCC had all but abandoned amateur enforcement. Hollingsworth noted that it was not until another plea went out from the ARRL to the FCC in the summer of 1998 that the FCC responded. The agency transferred Amateur Service enforcement from the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau to what was then called the Compliance and Information Bureau. The FCC subsequently created the Enforcement Bureau to handle agency-wide enforcement activities.

ARRL President Jim Haynie, W5JBP, lauded Hollingsworth as "a great gift" to the amateur community and expressed appreciation on behalf of the League for what he's been able to accomplish during his tenure. "Over the past three years, Mr. Hollingsworth has breathed new validity and vitality into the enforcement of Amateur Radio," Haynie said. "His strong support for the amateur community as a whole and the ARRL's initiatives, has been unwavering."

Haynie said that Hollingsworth--guided by his passions for Amateur Radio and for the law--"has given hams across the nation reason to pause, think, promote and yes, even laugh about ourselves."

Hollingsworth's statement is available on the ARRL Web site

"I am proud of the Amateur Service." Riley Hollingsworth, K4ZDH, at home in his well-equipped basement ham shack. Hollingsworth's gear includes several "vintage" operating positions.

The ARRL Letter Vol. 20, No. 49 December 14, 2001

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by JO6HAM on December 18, 2001 Mail this to a friend!
Hummm...that name 'Haynie' sounds familiar. Wasn't he the guy on Green Acres that would kiss up to to just about anybody in order to sell folks a bill of goods? Probably just coincidence. Riley a 'gift to ham radio?' That's a hard one to swallow. After 3 years of 'new validity and vitality into the enforcement of Amateur Radio', the illegal and unlicensed operators on 10 meters are worse than ever. Now they're even up on the FM portion! I have to step over these guys like walking thru a barnyard. And the ARRL sanctioned 'contests' are the pits. These paper chasers who gratify their egos by racking up points listed in QST will walk over your QSO with illegal amps and 4 over 4 arrays and not even think twice about it. This is a MAJOR source of disruption and interference. Where's the enforcement here?? Ham radio would be much better if Riley Hollywood would get out of the basement and into the field. He's taken credit for this so called 'improved enforcement' long enough. In my view, it's just the opposite. The president of the ARRL smooching on Riley makes me wanna hurl. I wish they'd just 'get a room.'
Amateur Enforcement To Be Proud Of? Promotes Jammi  
by KB2JHD on December 18, 2001 Mail this to a friend!
Found on:

From: Glenn A. Baxter, P.E., K1MAN

14 December 2001 2:47 P.M.

W. Riley Hollingsworth, Esq.
Special Counsel, Enforcement Bureau
Federal Communications Commission
Gettysburg, Pa. 17325-7245

Mr. Hollingsworth:

This is in reference to your "warning letter" to me dated 11 December
2001. I was accurately advised about your letter to me and its exact
contents by both Keith Lamonica, W7DXX, and Dick Leavitt, W2CSQ, on 11
December 2001. This is an ethical violation of FCC ex parte rules of
procedure and supports my public allegations that you are a sleazy and
cheap politician as well as an unethical (alleged) attorney not fit
for employment by the United States Government.

Your letter illegally threatens me with a "license revocation or
renewal hearing" because I have (and fully intend to continue) filed
sworn affidavits with the U.S. Attorney regarding alleged criminal
violations of Sections 333 and 501 of the 1934 Communications Act.

My filing of these sworn affidavits are protected by the First
Amendment to the United Stated Constitution protecting free speech as
well as the Fourth Amendment regarding my absolute right to petition
the government for a redress of grievances.

Further, your letter, itself, and you openly encouraging radio
amateurs to "talk over" my radio transmissions, is also a criminal
violation of Section 501 as well as criminal obstruction of justice,
and I am taking legal steps to assure that you are vigorously
prosecuted and also removed from your employment at the FCC. I am
also taking legally sanctioned steps to assure that you are disbarred
as a licensed attorney (if, in fact, you are licensed to practice law
in any state.

For your information, K1MAN is fully licensed to transmit information
bulletins per a published schedule, and the K1MAN Bulletin Service is
specifically recognized to be lawful in a letter from FCC Chief of
Special Services, Robert H. Mc Namara, to Kenneth Black, G4WNE, dated
2 November 1989 (reference 7240-F). If you are really an attorney,
and we question whether you are, you will understand the legal
doctrine of res judicata that applies in this matter.

Finally, you have publicly lied to radio amateurs that you had
something to do with putting my station, K1MAN, off the air in 1999
which, of course, is totally false. You have total immunity for this
sort of defamation and libel, as you well know, and you take full
public relations advantage of this government immunity. You are,
however, a public disgrace to the Amateur Radio Service, to the
Commission, to the legal profession, and to the United States of

We look forward to seeing you in court.


Glenn A. Baxter, P.E., K1MAN
Registered Professional Engineer

cc: FCC Chairman Powell
U.S. Attorney, Bangor, Maine
Senator Susan Collins
Senator Olympia Snow
American Bar Association
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by KG6AMW on December 21, 2001 Mail this to a friend!
Its nice to see someone at the FCC who takes a genuine interest in amateur radio and does a good job at the same time. Thanks Riley, we appreciate your efforts.
RE: Amateur Enforcement To Be Proud Of? Promotes J  
by W9AC on December 21, 2001 Mail this to a friend!
A clarification is in order here. The Constitution's Fourth Amendment protects citizens against illegal searches and seizures by any government entity. The "redress" that is referred to more than likely applies to the Fifth Amendment which affords procedural due process against actions by the federal government.

Furthermore, the doctrine of res judicata applies only to cases and controversies in which a final court-ordered judgment has been entered. I hardly believe that a letter from Mr. McNamara qualifies as a "final judgment."

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