Category: Legal

via the ARRL: 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 […]

via the ARRL: FCC Administrative Law Judge Dismisses Radio Amateur’s Long-Standing License Renewal Application

A California man embroiled in a long-running license renewal proceeding has lost the next step in his fight to remain a radio amateur. In a July 9 Order, FCC Administrative Law Judge Richard L. Sippel terminated the decade-old license renewal application of William Crowell, W6WBJ (ex-N6AYJ), of Diamond Springs, California, upon a motion by Enforcement Bureau […]

via the ARRL: Canadian Radio Amateurs Petition Parliament to End Deliberate Interference

Radio Amateurs in Canada — primarily in the Province of Quebec — have mounted a petition drive demanding that members of the House of Commons prompt decisive regulatory action against a Quebec resident who has been causing deliberate interference. The petition does not spell out the particulars of the allegations but says the alleged offender — apparently […]

via the ARRL: Amateur Radio Case Attracts Attention of FCC Commissioner

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly, has used the latest chapter in an Amateur Radio enforcement proceeding to reiterate his call that the Commission abolish its Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) system. The long-standing case involves efforts by William F. Crowell, W6WBJ, (ex-N6AYJ), of Diamond Spring, California, to renew his license. Late last week, the FCC denied reconsideration […]

SirenJack: Hackers can hijack emergency alert sirens with a $35 radio and laptop

Thanks to a flaw in popular emergency alert systems, hackers with knowledge of radio frequencies could remotely hijack the system with as little as a laptop and a $35 two-way radio and activate the sirens, trigger false alarms, or even broadcast any audio of their choosing. The vulnerability, dubbed SirenJack, is in emergency alert systems […]

Engineer Challenges FCC’s Rubber-stamp of a Licensee’s Applications

A radio engineer in Chicago has filed a petition pressing the Federal Communications Commission to take action on what he calls a ghost translator station that exists only on paper. The FCC should stop taking applicants’ word on whether projects have actually been built, said engineer Larry Langford. In this case, he alleges that rubber-stamp […]

Will the FCC Sink Pirate Radio in Colorado?

Word spread quickly about the mysterious unmarked black SUV parked at a highway exit just outside the town of Ward on January 24. In the self-sufficient mountain community perched at 9,500 feet, strangers always attract attention. But the strangers in the SUV weren’t just a curiosity; they were enforcement agents with the Federal Communications Commission, […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Requests Expanded HF Privileges for Technician Licensees

ARRL has asked the FCC to expand HF privileges for Technician licensees to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40, and 15 meters, plus RTTY and digital mode privileges on 80, 40, 15, and 10 meters. The FCC has not yet invited public comment on the proposals, which stem from recommendations put forth by the […]

ARRL Suggests FCC May Need to Intervene to Ensure Effective Antenna Rights

Commenting in response to an FCC Public Notice (DA 17-1180) released last month, ARRL addressed the extent of Amateur Radio’s response to recent hurricane disasters and efforts needed to expand the use of Amateur Radio services when it comes to planning, testing, and providing emergency communication. The comments point out that Amateur Radio not only has been “far […]

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