FCC Proposes Fining NY Ham $17,000 For Alleged Deliberate Interference:
The ARRL Letter
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
https://docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DA-19-989A1.pdf) on October
"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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