Category: Legal

Via the ARRL: FCC Levies $18,000 Fine on Louisiana Amateur Radio Licensee

In an enforcement case prompted by complaints filed in 2017, the FCC has imposed an $18,000 forfeiture on Jerry W. Materne, KC5CSG, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, for intentional interference and failure to identify. The FCC had proposed the fine in a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) in the case in July 2018, and, based on […]

Via the ARRL: FCC Turns Down Amateur Licensee’s Appeal

In a Memorandum Opinion and Order (MO&O) released on February 20, the FCC turned down an appeal by William F. Crowell, W6WBJ, of Diamond Springs, California, of an Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) dismissal of Crowell’s amateur radio license renewal application. Chief ALJ Richard L. Sippel, ruled in 2018 that Crowell “failed to prosecute his application […]

Motorola Solutions awarded $764 million in trade-secret theft case against Hytera

A federal jury in Illinois today ruled unanimously that Hytera Communications stole land-mobile-radio (LMR) trade secrets and infringed upon copyrights owned by Motorola Solutions, awarding $764.6 million in damages to the Chicago-based, LMR-industry giant. Originally filed in March 2017, the trade-secret theft lawsuit was part of Motorola Solutions’ multi-pronged legal attack against Hytera, which included […]

Via the ARRL: President Signs PIRATE Act to Combat Illegal Broadcasting

On January 24, President Donald Trump signed into law the “Preventing Illegal Radio Abuse Through Enforcement Act” or the “PIRATE Act.” The measure, which amends the Communications Act of 1934, authorizes enhanced penalties for violators. Under the new law, pirate radio broadcasters would be subject to a fine of not more than $2 million, and […]

SpaceX’s license to launch hundreds of internet satellites may have violated the law, experts say.

Astronomers could sue the FCC. A federal agency may have violated the law when it licensed SpaceX to launch thousands of satellites, according to a forthcoming paper. That raises the possibility that disgruntled astronomers could sue. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved SpaceX’s request to launch thousands of satellites in March 2018 — part of […]

Via the ARRL: FCC Proposes Fining New York Radio Amateur $17,000 for Deliberate Interference

A New York Radio Amateur — Harold Guretzky, K6DPZ, of Richmond Hill — is facing a $17,000 fine imposed by the FCC. Guretzky was issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) on October 3 for causing intentional interference on a local repeater and preventing other radio amateurs from using it. “Given his history as a […]

FCC Plans $10,000 Penalty Against Alleged Radio Pirate

The Federal Communications Commission is moving toward issuing a $10,000 Notice of Apparent Liability against an individual accused of allegedly operating an unlicensed radio station in Arkansas. In August 2018, according to an FCC summary of the case, the commission received a complaint from a consumer that an unauthorized station was operating in Alma, Ark., a town […]

via the ARRL: FCC Fines North Carolina Man for Unauthorized and Misleading Public Safety Transmissions

The FCC this week issued a $39,278 Forfeiture Order against Ocean Hinson of Surry County, North Carolina, for intentional misuse of a local public safety radio communications network, in violation of §301 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended. “Mr. Hinson impersonated first responders in unauthorized radio communications on Surry County’s licensed public safety frequency,” the […]

7 Waco radio stations silenced by criminal act (Texas)

Someone cut several transmission lines at the M&M Broadcasters building, silencing seven radio stations overnight. Two of those stations, Shooter 92.9FM and ESPN 1660AM were back on the air by 11 a.m. Friday. Operations Manager Dustin Drew says the other five are hoped to be back up and running sometime during the day. Read more […]

Tips from Channel 3 viewers helps recover stolen Amateur Radio Club trailer (Tennessee)

A trailer that was reported stolen on Friday night by the Chattanooga Amateur Radio Club has been recovered.  That’s according to the organization’s Facebook page. The group posted on Saturday alerting people to be on the lookout for the MPC trailer and a black Toyota Tacoma, both belonging to the Southeast Company. The trailer was […]

via the ARRL: Radio Amateur to Lose License as Part of Enforcement Case Settlement

A New Jersey radio amateur, David S. Larsen Sr., WS2L, of Highland Park, will surrender his Amateur Extra-class license and pay a $7,500 civil penalty as part of a Consent Decree with the FCC to settle an enforcement action. An FCC Enforcement Bureau Order released June 18 said Larsen violated the Communications Act of 1934 and Part 90 rules […]

Guy wires cut, causing radio tower used by Oregon firefighters to topple

Someone cut the guy wires holding up a 150-foot tall repeater tower, causing the tower to fall, the Coos County Sheriff’s Office said. The vandalism caused in excess of $60,000 in damage, investigators estimated. The crime is being investigated as felony Criminal Mischief. “A reward is being posted for the identification and conviction of the […]

via the ARRL: FCC Settles with Massachusetts Pirate Broadcaster

After filing a civil action and seeking an injunction to stop a church-related pirate radio station from operating in Worcester, Massachusetts, the US Attorney’s Office this week reached a settlement with the station’s operators, Vasco Oburoni and Christian Praise International Church. US Attorney Andrew E. Lelling and FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Rosemary Harold announced the […]

via the ARRL: Djibouti J20DX IOTA DXpedition Thwarted by Bureaucracy

Djibouti J20DX IOTA DXpedition operators Col McGowan, MM0NDX; Jonathan Bowes, MM0OKG, and Christian Cabre, EA3NT, have thrown in the towel on their efforts to operate from two infrequently activated African islands — Moucha Island (AF-053) and the very rare Sept-Frères (AF-059). Their J20DX operation was set to run from April 16 – April 21, but […]

via the ARRL: Djibouti J20DX IOTA DXpedition Equipment Impounded

Two of the J20DX operators, Col McGowan, MM0NDX, and Jonathan Bowes, MM0OKG, report that all of their radio equipment was impounded by customs at the airport upon arrival, despite the fact that the third operator, Christian Cabre, EA3NT, cleared customs smoothly 2 days earlier. “This remains the case today despite our official radio licenses being […]

Reversing course: Kettering OKs resident’s controversial radio tower (Ohio)

Kettering officials on Tuesday night reversed the Board of Zoning Appeals and now will allow a resident to build a 50-foot radio tower on his property in the 4800 block of Mad River Road. MORE: Radio tower request pits Kettering man against neighbors Last year, Wynn Rollert, 77, a HAM radio operator, had requested a variance […]

Nellie Ohr: Ham radio not used for Russia contacts (Massachusetts)

A transcript made public on Thursday by a GOP lawmaker in Congress shows that the wife of a top Justice Department official said she got a ham radio license as part of an effort to help with local community emergencies, not as part of any effort to communicate with anyone overseas, or to monitor broadcasts […]

via the ARRL: FCC Cites Amateur Service Rule Violations in Unlicensed Broadcasting Case

An FCC Enforcement Bureau Notice of Unlicensed Operation (NoUO) issued last fall to a California Technician-class licensee for alleged unlicensed FM broadcasting on 95.7 MHz now has been upgraded to a Notice of Violation (NoV) that cites violations of the Part 97 Amateur Service rules. The March 15 NoV sent to Daryl Thomas, KE6MWS, of Carmichael, also specifically acknowledges Thomas as […]

via the ARRL: Canadian Amateur Radio Interference Case Adjudicated

Interference from what ISED, Canada’s telecommunications regulator, called an individual “operating an Amateur Radio station without proper authorization and was known to insult, threaten and impersonate other Amateur operators” has been adjudicated. The case resulted in a petition, which attracted 1,135 signatures, being presented to the House of Commons on January 30, and the Government of Canada responded on […]

Deltona man impersonating police officer uses public warning system on real cop (Florida)

A Deltona man playing policeman caught up to a real one and used an illegal public address system and lights to warn a sheriff’s sergeant driving an unmarked vehicle in Pierson, Volusia sheriff’s officials said. Shortly after that, Sgt. Todd Smith turned on his real blue lights and pulled over Thomas Farmer, 64 (NOTE: QRZ […]