—A Michigan ham radio operator is being fined $22,000
for frequency hogging. Specifically, Michael
Guernsey of Parchment, Mich., is being cited for “intentionally causing
interference to other amateur radio operators and failing to provide station
identification,” according to a notice from the Federal Communications
According to the FCC, several complaints from other hams have been filed
against Guernsey for monopolizing 14.313 MHz, going back as far as 2003. This
last March, field agents from the commission’s Detroit office tracked the
interference to the address on record for Guernsey’s station, KZ80. They
monitored his transmissions, which a prerecorded song and animal sounds.
“The agents heard Mr. Guernsey intentionally interfering with other amateur
licensees by transmitting a prerecorded song and various animal noises. These
transmissions were a deliberate act to monopolize the frequency and prevent other
amateur radio operators from conducting legitimate communications,” the notice
The interference was said to be aimed at two other has with whom Guernsey “has
had a longstanding and well-documented dispute,” it said.
During the 40 minutes field agents monitored KZ80, Guernsey also failed to
transmit his call sign, which is required at 10-minute intervals.
The base fine for interference is $7,000, while ID failure is $1,000. However,
the commission increased Guernsey’s fine to $22,000 based on his “deliberate
disregard” of several warnings from the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau.
“Mr. Guernsey has been repeatedly warned in writing by the Enforcement Bureau
about causing interference to other amateur radio operators. This history of noncompliance,
combined with Mr. Guernsey’s deliberate disregard for commission authority,
warrants a significantly increased penalty,” the notice