Category: Legal

via the ARRL: FCC Fines Amateur Radio Licensee $25,000 for Operating Unlicensed FM Station

In an FCC Enforcement Bureau case going back to early 2015, a Paterson, New Jersey, Amateur Radio licensee has been penalized in the amount of $25,000 for allegedly continuing to operate an unlicensed FM radio station. The FCC issued a Forfeiture Order on October 30 to Winston A. Tulloch, KC2ALN, a General class licensee. The fine followed […]

via HACKADAY: Buy A Baofeng While You Still Can? FCC Scowls at Unauthorized Frequency Transmitters

There was a time when a handheld radio transceiver was an object of wonder, and a significant item for any radio amateur to own. A few hundred dollars secured you an FM walkie-talkie through which you could chat on your local repeater, and mobile radio was a big draw for new hams. Thirty years later […]

via the ARRL: FCC Enforcement Advisory Targets Noncompliant Imported VHF/UHF Transceivers

The FCC is warning that noncompliant VHF/UHF transceivers may not be imported, marketed, or sold in the US, nor may anyone use them. The FCC Enforcement Advisory, issued on September 24, follows an August 1 Citation and Order(Citation) to Amcrest Industries, LLC (formerly Foscam Digital Technologies, LLC), an importer and marketer of popular and inexpensive BaoFeng handheld transceivers, alleging […]

via the ARRL: FCC Sticks by Prescribed Page Limit in Denying Request in Radio Amateur’s Appeal

In an August 24 Order, the FCC denied a request by William F. Crowell, W6WBJ (ex-N6AYH) of Diamond Springs, California, for permission to file an appeal that would exceed the page length prescribed by FCC rules. “We find that Crowell has not shown good cause for exceeding the prescribed page limit,” said the Order, signed by Linda […]

via the ARRL: FCC Cites Baofeng Importer for Illegally Marketing Unauthorized RF Devices

The FCC has issued a Citation and Order (Citation) to Amcrest Industries, LLC(formerly Foscam Digital Technologies, LLC), an importer and marketer of popular and inexpensive Baofeng hand-held transceivers, alleging that the company violated FCC rules and the Communications Act by illegally marketing unauthorized RF devices. The FCC asserts that Amcrest marketed Baofeng model UV-5R-series FM hand-held radios capable […]

via the ARRL: FCC Proposes $18,000 Fine in Louisiana Amateur Radio Interference Case

The FCC has issued a Notice of Apparent Liability (NAL) proposing to fine Jerry W. Materne, KC5CSG, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, $18,000 “for apparently causing intentional interference and for apparently failing to provide station identification on amateur radio frequencies,” the FCC said. “Mr. Materne was previously warned regarding this behavior in writing by the Enforcement Bureau and, given his […]

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 […]

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