Category: Legal

via the ARRL: FCC Takes a New Tack in Combatting Unlicensed Radio Broadcasting

In what may be a first in the effort to crack down on unlicensed broadcasters, the United States has filed a civil action to stop a church-related pirate radio station from operating in Worcester, Massachusetts. The Massachusetts US Attorney’s Office is seeking an injunction to shut down the station, operating on 97.1 MHz. “This groundbreaking […]

New details reveals man arrested for impersonating officer has history of similar activity (Arkansas)

A Jacksonville man arrested for posing as a member of law enforcement in Lonoke County one week ago, is out on bond. But the investigation into the suspect’s past continues. Deputies with the Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office arrested 37-year-old Jeremy Kurck [WA5JK according to QRZ.com] after observing a Dodge pickup with flashing green, amber and […]

Plate pirates target ham radio operators in Corner Brook (Labrador)

There’s a different kind of pirate radio situation unfolding in Corner Brook. Someone is stealing the licence plates of amateur radio operators there, right off their vehicles. “It’s sort of uneasy because it’s something we enjoy doing,” said Kody Gardner, who lost his plate over the weekend. In Newfoundland and Labrador, amateur radio operators can […]

via the ARRL: Court Rules Excessive Antenna Application Fees Violated Reasonable Accommodation

Long-pending Amateur Radio antenna litigation that ARRL helped to fund has finally borne fruit. The Supreme Court of the State of New York, Appellate Division: Second Judicial Department has ruled in the case of Myles Landstein, N2EHG, that the Town of LaGrange, New York, not only overstepped its state-granted authority by assessing excessive fees, but […]

via the ARRL: ARRL Petitions FCC to Incorporate Parity Act Provisions into its Amateur Radio Rules

The ARRL has filed a Petition for Rulemaking (PRM) asking the FCC to amend its Part 97 Amateur Service rules to incorporate the provisions of the Amateur Radio Parity Act. The Petition has not yet been assigned a rule making (RM) number and is not yet open for public comment. In the past, the FCC has said that it […]

Long Island man who found bones in his basement opens up about grisly find: ‘This is almost a perfect crime’ (New York)

The Long Island man who dug up bones in the basement of his childhood home searching for his long-missing father now sits in his cluttered living room wondering if he has unraveled a darker mystery. Michael Carroll, 57, believes the remains are those of his father George Carroll, a U.S. Army Korean War veteran who has […]

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 […]