FCC Cracking Down on Property Owners From Which Pirate Broadcasters Operate

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by K5XS, Dec 18, 2020.

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  1. AH7I

    AH7I Ham Member QRZ Page

    When drafting private citizens as law enforcers through coercion becomes acceptable, what can go wrong?
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  2. ND6M

    ND6M Ham Member QRZ Page

    breaking news flash................ I just evicted a dead beat tenant for breach of written lease contract,.................................... CDC order be dammed
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  3. N6IQ

    N6IQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    There were several pirate stations in the late 90s operating just below the bottom of the 40 meter band. Mostly just played music. They used a mailbox for listeners to report reception; I even got a reply from one - MYSTERY RADIO. I guess the current pirates are using the FM band and interfering with broadcast stations which cannot be permitted. The most famous pirate station was RADIO CAROLINE which operated off the coast of England; now it is available on the internet only.
  4. N0TZU

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    In addition to illegal activity, there are other exceptions to the CDC eviction order:

    “Nothing in this Order precludes evictions based on a tenant, lessee, or resident: (1) engaging in criminal activity while on the premises; (2) threatening the health or safety of other residents; (3) damaging or posing an immediate and significant risk of damage to property; (4) violating any applicable building code, health ordinance, or similar regulation relating to health and safety; or (5) violating any other contractual obligation, other than the timely payment of rent or similar housing-related payment (including non-payment or late payment of fees, penalties,
    or interest).”
    See 85 Feg.Reg. at 55294.

    From https://www.nhlp.org/wp-content/uploads/CDC-Eviction-Analysis.pdf
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2020
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  5. N0TZU

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    It’s a fine line.

    Property owners can be held partially responsible by a state or city if they knowingly allow their property to be used for criminal activity, commonly illegal drugs. That’s why many won’t take cash payment for rent, just as a first step. I think it’s pretty clear that the public interest is involved in such cases.

    Whether it makes sense to use the same sort of logic for radio pirates is a different question, and it seems a stretch to me.
  6. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    There is a huge difference between inadvertently allowing your property to be used for an illegitimate purpose and knowingly permitting it's use for that purpose. From what has been posted it's clear that it covers the latter and not the former.

    The inference that private citizens would somehow become law enforcement officers is more than a stretch. Preventing the illicit use of your property is a civic duty not a citizen law enforcement function.
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  7. AH7I

    AH7I Ham Member QRZ Page

    When the FCC sends you the letter telling you of offending activity, you become aware.

    Now you are on the hook.

    That's coercion, not civic duty.
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  8. N0TZU

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    To me the “stretch” part is this:

    In the case of street crime at a property, the threat to persons nearby and the public at large is obvious, dire, and immediate (including to the landlord’s property, or himself or staff), whereas the threat from a pirate broadcaster is none of those things, assuming they aren’t overloading the electric service. Its really an administrative and civil issue in which bringing the government power down on the landlord for the actions of a tenant seems far out of balance.

    After all, the pirate can’t just hide all the transmitter equipment under a sofa cushion or flush it down the toilet when there’s a knock on the door, or be on good behavior and not beat somebody up when a cop walks by. The pirate clearly announces and carries on his activities constantly, using a radio transmission which provides a simple way to record evidence of the activity and also locate the operation at any time.

    It seems a simple matter for the government to shut that down when it wants to and prosecute the pirates, so how could coercing help from the landlord be considered critical? I think it’s more an indictment of the poor state of FCC enforcement capabilities and lack of prosecution resources than anything else.

    In a mostly theoretical sense there might be a danger if, say, a tornado was approaching and their listeners didn’t know because they don’t participate in the emergency broadcast system. But then most of the population people aren’t listening to radio anyway, so the potential harm is really minuscule as a practical matter.
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  9. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Many commercial leases have clauses for eviction if the landlord is made aware of illegal activity. IOW teant must abide by all local and federa laws. I believe the intent was to prevent meth factories and marihuana 'grow' farms, etc.

    The FCC orders may actually help the landlord, as it gives them a sound basis for eviction in the event of radio piracy. It would be hard to believe that landlords choose to look the other way.

    OTOH, is the issue the property--as land and building--or property as in 'station'? If you have a box of Cuban cigars, should the landlord be liable if you aren't evicted for illegal possession of same?

    Chip W1YW
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  10. K3XR

    K3XR Ham Member QRZ Page

    You may want to take that up on a cigar forum. Obviously you can imagine all sorts of scenarios with accompanied opinions.
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