Ham to Pay $7,000, Restricted Privileges to Settle FCC Interference Case:
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July 12, 2018
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Radio Amateur to Pay $7,000, Face Restricted Privileges to Settle FCC Interference Case:
The US Department of Justice and the FCC have reached a settlement with
Brian Crow, K3VR, of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, to resolve
allegations that Crow intentionally interfered with the communications
of other Amateur Radio operators and failed to properly identify. The
core component of the settlement calls on Crow to pay $7,000 to the US
Treasury, the FCC and US Attorney for the Western District of
Pennsylvania Scott W. Brady announced in separate July 3 news releases.
In addition, Crow's Amateur Extra class license will be restricted to
Technician-class privileges for 6 months, and he has agreed to
discontinue contact with the individuals involved in this case. Crow's
Amateur Extra privileges will be restored after 6 months, "if no new
violations have been found," the FCC said.
"Amateur Radio licensees know that the rules require them to share the
airwaves, which means that bad actors cannot plead ignorance," FCC
Enforcement Bureau Chief Rosemary Harold said in an FCC release
"This settlement is a significant payment for an individual operator,
and it sends a serious message: Play by the rules in the Amateur Radio
band[s] or face real consequences. We thank the US Attorney's Office
for understanding the importance of this type of case and pushing it
forward to ensure a resolution that included strong penalties for
substantial violations of the law."
The settlement resolves a civil complaint (USA v. Brian Crow [No.
17-595]) in Federal District Court for the Western District of
Pennsylvania to recover an unpaid $11,500 fine that the FCC imposed on
Crow in a 2015 Forfeiture Order
The FCC recounted in its Forfeiture Order that it had responded in
March 2014 to "several complaints of intentional interference" on
14.313 MHz, and that Commission agents used radio direction-finding
techniques to determine the transmission sources. According to the
court complaint against Crow, FCC agents tracked transmissions to
Crow's residence and monitored them for approximately 3 hours and heard
him transmit slow-scan television (SSTV) signals and a prerecorded
voice transmission of another Amateur Radio station on the frequency.
The FCC said it worked with Brady's office to craft the agreement with
Crow arising from its Forfeiture Order "that found his behavior
violated the Communications Act and the Commission's rules." Read more
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