FCC Proposes $17,000 Fine for Suburban NYC Repeater Jammer

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KS2G, Oct 4, 2019.

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  1. WA7BZI

    WA7BZI Ham Member QRZ Page

    If the ARRL and FCC would've kept the CW code requirements for obtaining an Amateur Radio License, I strongly believe we would not NOW have the problematic issues we're witnessing, IMHO.
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  2. WA7BZI

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  3. KD8DEY

    KD8DEY Ham Member QRZ Page

    It would have made it a lot easier for THEM to go across town for a Diet Coke...
  4. WA7BZI

    WA7BZI Ham Member QRZ Page

    W6WBJ, as he is known today, but was formerly known as N6AYJ in 2007 when he applied for his license renewal - the FCC granted the vanity call-sign change to W6WBJ, but they did NOT grant a new 10-year license term. WBJ has been allowed to continue operating on his expired license pending the outcome of his license renewal hearing. However, W6WBJ told the FCC he wasn't going to attend a hearing that was to convene for three days in October 2018 in Washington, D.C., so the FCC Enforcement Bureau motioned the Administrative Law Judge to terminate and dismiss his license renewal case, which the ALJ did in fact order on July 9, 2018. W6WBJ then filed an appeal/petition for review to the full Commission and raised all sorts of issues related to his "free speech rights" which were outside of and repugnant to the legal issues at hand (his deliberate malicious jamming activities) and the last pleading in that appeal was filed in September 2018. Generally, an administrative appeal to an agency runs its course in a year. You can read all of the pleadings and express comments at the FCC ECFS website: https://www.fcc.gov/ecfs/search/filings?proceedings_name=08-20&sort=date_disseminated,DESC. You'll especially want to read the FCC Enforcement Bureau pleadings in opposition to W6WBJ's appeal and the Express Comments by Michael LaBond, AA8KB, who is one of the Net Control Stations of the WARFA Net (see: www.warfa.org) whom W6WBJ continues to this day to jam incessantly, three times a week, on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday nights at 8PM Pacific on 3.908 MHz and the alternate 3.890 MHz.
  5. KD8DEY

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    I thought his latest appeal was that the FCC/ALJ wanted him to Go to Washington D.C., which he refused, claiming he had the right to request the hearing be held at a location more readily available to him (Field Office), and that the FCC/ALJ violated his rights by not allowing such to happen, and summarily dismissing his case...(Denying him due process)
    But I could be wrong....

    Shades of Gordian's knot....
    With the refusal of the DOJ to uphold the NAL, Isn't everything pretty much back to square one?
    they cannot even invoke the red light rule at this point...
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2019
  6. W1YW

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    Planes don't belong on 1/10 acre lots in high density urban and suburban situations.

    Did you not see the bounce house videos? By analogy a poorly secured fully assembled airplane is an invitation to damage to others.

    If Harold had broken the plane down and placed it under a tarp---and secured it adequately-- he would have not had a problem, one suspects.

    Yeh, me a social justice warrior. AHAHAH!:)

    As much as Ayn Rand insisted that objectivism is opposed to altruism, the reality is that the world is gray and not black and white:) And even though I am a physicist;inventor; and invented the invisibility cloak, I am not John Galt ;-)

    Honestly John:

    As an airplane owner(?) , does this look right to you? ----

    If he broke it down he could have likely placed it in the garage.

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  7. W4RAV

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    They did. They just didn't have any nearby neighbors to complain about it! ;)

  8. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    A BIT misleading:

    The planes and gliders were stowed in hangers until flight or maintenance was done. They just didn't sit on a 25 foot driveway on a~ 1/10 acre lot...
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  9. N2EY

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    The ARRL didn't make the code requirement go away - the FCC did.

    Trace the history of code testing for a US amateur license, and it's clear that as early as the mid-1970s the FCC was pushing to reduce and eliminate code testing.

    Also, note this:

    The worst offenders tend to be older males who have been licensed a long time. Check into their licenses - it's easy with the FCC database and the online Callbooks of previous times. They're almost all code-tested, long-time licensees with General, Advanced or Extra licenses who, if you take a step back, are clearly a couple of fries short of a Happy Meal. Their elevators don't go to the top floor. They have a short-circuit between the head-phones. They're a 40 watt bulb in a 100 watt socket.

    In at least some cases, it's clear there's some form of dementia going on. In others, they're locked into a particular mindset that is quite unconnected to reality in some way.

    And in other cases, they're just [body part expletive deleted].

    The FCC does what they can, but it's not much, because the FCC doesn't have much in resources. Decades of deregulation pressure and inadequate funding are behind all that. There's also the fact that things like equipment seizures and involuntary fine collections must be backed up by the DOJ, and that's not easy to get.

    Most of all, a lot of the bad behavior is a matter of someone who is really, really good at being annoying. That's not in the same category as someone who endangers public safety services.

    I remember a case, years ago, where someone showed up on a marine radio channel and behaved badly. Went to jail for 7 years IIRC.

    Here's hoping the VM program helps.
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  10. N1BCG

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    ... and reside in Saanich
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