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FCC Proposes Fining NY Ham $17,000 For Alleged Deliberate Interference:

from The ARRL Letter on October 11, 2019
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FCC Proposes Fining New York Radio Amateur $17,000 For Alleged Deliberate Interference:

Harold Guretzky, K6DPZ, of Richmond Hill, New York, is facing a $17,000 FCC fine for allegedly causing intentional interference on a local repeater and preventing other radio amateurs from using it. The FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL on October 3.

"Given his history as a repeat offender, this violation warrants a significant penalty," the FCC said in the NAL.

The NAL recounted numerous complaints alleging that Guretzky was deliberately interfering with a repeater in Glen Oaks, New York. In June of 2017, the FCC issued a Warning Letter to Guretzky, advising him of the nature of the allegations against him and directing him to stop using the repeater going forward. Nonetheless, additional complaints were filed. In April 2018, agents from the FCC New York Enforcement Bureau office drove to Richmond Hill to investigate and to advise him in writing that he was prohibited from using the local repeater.

After the FCC received further complaints, an Enforcement Bureau agent monitored the VHF repeater's input and output frequencies and, after observing deliberate interference to other stations, used direction-finding techniques to identify the source of the transmission as Guretzky's station.

"The agent monitored and recorded the transmissions emanating from Guretzky's station for several hours that afternoon and heard him interfering with the local repeater," the NAL said. "Later, the agent heard Guretzky making threatening comments toward other amateur operators." The following month, FCC Regional Director David Dombrowski spoke with Guretzky by telephone, noting the continued complaints and and cautioning him against using the repeater.

In the NAL, the FCC said Guretzky demonstrated "a deliberate disregard for the Commission's authority and the very spirit of the Amateur Radio Service by continuing to interfere with the local repeater" despite having been warned. Read more


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