Deborah D. McAdams /
07.22.2014 02:42 PM
Ham Operator Gets $22,000 Fine for Hogging Frequency
Citation adjusted upward for flouting FCC warnings
WASHINGTON—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 Commission.

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 stated.

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 stated.


 



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Posted by: Anonymous
Wed, 32-23-2014 11:32 AM Report Comment
But they didn't pull his license?
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Posted by: Anonymous
Wed, 24-23-2014 03:24 PM Report Comment
Ahhh, the "CBer mentality" (emphasis on the "mental") has reared its ugly head. Now, if only someone could "pin the coax" on the "cow" before he really gets nasty...
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Posted by: Anonymous
Thu, 16-24-2014 02:16 AM Report Comment
One minor correction: The call sign is KZ8O (only the 8 is a digit). This man claims to be bankrupt, but he has recently come on the air with a new, top of the line, $4000 radio. Maybe the feds can make him liquidate it to pay the fine. Do a Goggle search for "Michael Guernsey KZ8O" and you will see why this punitive action was absolutely necessary.
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Posted by: Anonymous
Thu, 25-24-2014 08:25 AM Report Comment
Along witht the fine, there should have been a license suspension, or at least a restriction from the frequency that he was monopolizing.
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Posted by: Anonymous
Thu, 55-24-2014 05:55 PM Report Comment
Can't fix stupid. I feel sorry he has cast a dark shadow on a wonderful hobby
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Posted by: Anonymous
Fri, 35-25-2014 10:35 AM Report Comment
Should have pulled the license, but FCC is only concerned about revenue streams.




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