Category: Legal

FCC Proposes $144K Fine Against Unlicensed Low-Power TV Station in KY

The Federal Communications Commission today proposed a $144,344 fine against Vearl Pennington and Michael Williamson for operating an unlicensed low-power television station in Morehead, Kentucky. An FCC investigation found that these individuals continued to operate well after the FCC license for their station was cancelled following failure to file a renewal. The proposed fine is […]

Telecommunications Ministry in India Orders Halt to Online Transceiver Sales

The Mumbai Mirror in India reports that a complaint by radio amateurs has prompted the Telecommunications Ministry to order online purveyors, including eBay and Amazon, to stop selling wireless transmitting equipment. According to the newspaper, a group of hams wrote the Wireless Advisor in the Telecommunications Ministry last fall to warn that online sales of […]

FCC Personal Radio Service Revisions Will Affect GMRS, FRS, CB, Other Part 95 Devices

In a lengthy Report and Order (R&O) in a proceeding (WT Docket No. 10-119) dating back 7 years, the FCC has announced rule changes affecting the General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS), the Family Radio Service (FRS), the Citizens Band Radio Service (CBRS or “CB”), as well as other applications that fall under the FCC’s Part […]

FCC Proposes Levying Huge Fine on New York Police Radio Jammer

The FCC has proposed a fine of more than $400,000 on a Queens, New York, man who has admitted making unauthorized transmissions on New York City Police Department (NYPD) radio frequencies, maliciously interfering with NYPD officers’ communications. Jay Peralta, 20, is alleged to have transmitted false bomb threats, false claims of criminal activities involving firearms, […]

Motorola Solutions Expands Patent Infringement Complaints against Hytera

Motorola Solutions on March 29 announced that it had filed patent infringement complaints with the Regional Court of Düsseldorf, Germany, against Hytera Communications of Shenzhen, China, and Hytera Mobilfunk of Bad Munder, Germany. The legal action in Germany came on the heels of complaints the company filed in the US District Court for the Northern […]

Washington state House votes to ban holding phones while driving

The Washington state House approved a measure Wednesday that would ban holding hand-held devices while driving. The measure passed the Democratic-controlled chamber on a 63-35 vote. It now heads back to the Republican-controlled Senate for agreement on changes made in the House. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Ann Rivers of La Center, told the Associated […]

Amateur radio group dislikes 30-foot limit on antennas (Oregon)

They’re required to refer to themselves as “amateurs,” but only because they’re absolutely prohibited from making any money from the hobby which is their passion. When several local ham radio operators took turns making comments to the Payette City Council at last week’s regular meeting of city government, the operators were quite comfortable explaining the […]

Radio operators help update regulations (British Columbia)

Distracted driving conviction prompts Delta Amateur Radio Society to lobby provincial gov’t After 18 months of lobbying, a group of amateur radio operators in Delta has helped update a regulation in B.C.’s distracted driving law they say helps clarify the rules around their operation. Several members of the Delta Amateur Radio Society were caught using […]

Two-Way Radio Users Worried California’s Cellphone Ban Is Too Broad

Back in January, it became illegal to hold your cell phone while driving. But now some drivers say the law unfairly targets radio users as well and they want that to change. “I’m driving down the road and talking on this radio,” said Norm Lucas, holding his high frequency radio microphone. “Doing that simple act […]

Hytera Issues Statement on Motorola Solutions’ Litigation

We are disappointed that Motorola Solutions has chosen to bring lawsuits against Hytera rather than compete in the marketplace. We are ready to respond vigorously to Motorola Solutions’ allegations, and are fully confident that Hytera will be vindicated in U.S. federal court. Today’s radio communications markets are evolving, demanding new solutions, and are best served […]

Swedish Regulator Rejects Entry Level Amateur Radio License

Sweden’s telecommunications regulator PTS in February rejected the idea of an entry-level Amateur Radio license. According to Sweden’s International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) member society SSA, the PTS “categorically rejected” the proposal, and that SSA must now find new ways to motivate prospective radio amateurs. “Amateur Radio’s future in Sweden is an urgent issue that […]

Motorola Files Patent, Trade Secret Complaints Against Hytera

Patent Infringement and Trade Secret Misappropriation Complaints Filed in U.S. District Court Motorola Solutions is Committed to Protecting its Valuable Intellectual Property Against Illegal Infringement and Copying Copy of Press Release (PDF) Motorola Hytera Trade Secret Complaints (Exhibit 1) (PDF) Motorola Hytera Trade Secret Complaints (Exhibit 2) (PDF) Motorola Hytera Trade Secret Complaints (Exhibit 3) (PDF) Motorola Hytera Trade […]

ARRL Weighs In on New California ‘Driving While Wireless’ Statute

ARRL is recommending that Amateur Radio be specifically excluded from a California statute prohibiting the use of “wireless communication devices” while driving. ARRL Southwestern Division Vice Director Marty Woll, N6VI, is taking point on the effort to revise the statute, known by its legislative bill number AB 1785. It was signed into law last September, […]

ARRL Seeks Opinions Concerning Possible New Entry Level License

An Entry Level License Committee was established by the ARRL Board of Directors and appointed in September 2016. As part of its ongoing work, the committee is gathering member input and will make recommendations to the Board for possible rules changes to submit to the FCC. The result could mean changes to the Technician license, […]

Peak communications body ACMA reverses decision ruling thousands of CB radio sets illegal

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has reversed its decision to make 40 channel UHF radios illegal from June 2017. It is estimated there are thousands of UHF, or citizens band (CB) radios on farms and in trucks, caravans and businesses throughout Australia. Upgrading to 80 channel radios was going to cost some businesses […]

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