Second Ham Fined for Frequency Interference
FCC pops amateur radio operators
July 23, 2014
A second ham radio operator has been busted this week for interfering with
the operations of his fellow amateur radio station operators. Brian Brow of North
Huntingdon, Penn, was fined $11,500 by the Federal Communications Commission
intentionally causing interference to
other amateur radio operators and failing to provide station identification.” Ham
frequencies are shared. Licensees are not allowed to monopolize them.
interference undermines the utility of the Amateur Radio Service by preventing
communications among licensed users that comply with the commission’s rules,”
the FCC censure stated. “In addition, the failure to transmit call sign
information disrupts the orderly administration of the Amateur Radio Service by
preventing licensed users from identifying a transmission’s source. Mr. Crow was warned previously in writing by
the Enforcement Bureau about causing interference to other amateur radio
operators, warranting an increased penalty.”
Crow was the second ham operator this week to be fined by the FCC. Michael
Guernsey of Parchment, Mich., was fined $22,000 for monopolizing the ham
frequency with prerecorded music and “animal sounds,” according to the Notice
of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture describing his violation. Guernsey was
said to be involved in a “long-standing and well-documented dispute” with
fellow ham operators on the frequency. ( See
Operators Gets $22,000 Fine for Hogging Frequency.
Crow, who received the lesser fine, is licensee of K3VR in North
Huntingdon, where FCC field agents found him to be transmitting slow-scan
television and “a prerecorded voice transmission of another amateur station on
the frequency,” during a three-hour period. Crow was not heard to broadcast his
call sign, which is required at 10-minute intervals for hams using the frequency.
Upon a site inspection, Crow told field agents he was not at his station
location—his home—when the interfering transmissions occurred. The FCC said it
didn’t matter whether he was there or not, and that his operation was
interfering with open use of the frequency.
Crow’s violations merited an $8,000 base fine, which the FCC upward adjusted to
$11,500 based on a finding that he continued monopolizing the frequency after
the commission warned him not to do so.
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