The Other Shoe Dropped by the FCC Enforcement Bureau

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Hello everybody and welcome back to my blog! I hope that everyone is liking the new look of my site as much as I do. The past few days I have been doing a lot of reading and research, looking for this to write about, etc. One of the things that I noticed is a new enforcement notification on a ham radio operator getting fined. I remember several years ago, these kind of things were a rarity, or at least I didn’t hear about them to often.

After seeing the latest one, I decided to dig a little further back and see what all I had gotten over the past few months. I noticed that there were three different notifications about things like this. The latest being a Cincinnati, Ohio ham, Daniel R. Hicks, that is facing a proposed $8,000 fine from the FCC, $7,000 being for causing malicious interference and $1,000 for failing to identify.

It seems that he had become “increasingly vile over time” according to what local members had told the Greater Cincinnati Local Interference Committee. This case is kind of like what you would see on Criminal Minds or something. The unsub tries to inject himself into an investigation. Well that is what this guy did too.

When the FCC first came to look for the malicious interference source, they advised the local amateur radio club to try and get some assistance. Well, Mr. Hicks, was one of the people that volunteered to help locating the interference. Needless to say they were not able to locate it.

A few months and several complaints later, the FCC sent someone out again, this time not announcing the visit and manage to track the signal to his home and listened to him on the radio for about an hour. The statement said that he had a recording that would play and identify with another persons call sign.

Read the full release at: http://www.arrl.org/news/view/fcc-proposes-to-fine-ohio-radio-amateur-for-malicious-interference-failure-to-identify

Now rewind about a month and there was actually two separate notifications sent out two days apart. The first one being a doozy! It seems that Michael Guernsey, KZ8O from Parchment, Michigan has not been very nice for about a year now.

A year ago, the FCC proposed a $22,000 fine again him and now a year later they are “dropping the other shoe”  and imposing the full fine against him. The guy tried to say first that it wasn’t him, then later claimed financial inability to pay for it. All the while, he kept in doing what he was doing. He would play music, talk and make animal sounds over people that were trying to talk. I say he got what he had coming! If he wants to do crap like that he needs to go to  CB or something and get the heck off our frequencies!

In the same notification, but in a separate incident, the FCC proposed a$11,500 fine against Brian Crow, K3VR of North Huntingdon, PA for the same thing!! This guy, however, didn’t even respond to the FCC’s notice!

Read the full release at: http://www.arrl.org/news/view/fcc-shows-no-mercy-sustains-22-000-fine-for-egregious-on-air-behavior-by-michigan-licensee

Two days before the above notice went out another one went out, this one is against David Tolassi, W4BHV of Georgia! This guy was only failing to ID on his transmissions. The FCC proposed a $16,000 fine against him, but ended up settling on $1,000! This guy got lucky! He has an extensive history with the FCC Enforcement Bureau. He was lucky enough to have his license renewed the last time but had a limitation put on it that stated he couldn’t talk on 20m for three years!

Read the full release at: http://www.arrl.org/news/view/fcc-proposes-fining-georgia-ham-1000-for-failing-to-identify

I don’t understand some people! Why do they have to do crap like this? If you are upset with a certain person or group of people, take it up with them, don’t do something like this…

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Until next time…

73 de Curtis, K5CLM

 

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  • Andre H

    It is sad that operators are doing this. When someone did that on VHF, I switch to UHF or another band. It is sad that those who have little respect or no respect for the hobby, act the way they do on the air. If you have an issue, go have a cup of coffee and talk it over. Ham is not a sand box. Don’t ruin it for us newbies!

  • Dave Wilma

    I have read about some of these enforcement actions and I wonder if there aren’t some aspects of mental health involved here. The behavior described are simply not rational. It’s not as if the interference made the violator any money or provided some perverse pleasure. I have been in the amateur radio service for about a year and a half (General) and active in public service and emergency response planning. I have observed that some behaviors on the air are definitely amateurish.

    Maybe some of these guys are just in need of help. Heavens knows we have seen more tragic examples of this recently.

  • Jim McGrane KM4LRG

    Play by the rules……it’s what we signed up to do

    • Uncle Buck

      That’s a great thought, Jim. Unfortunately the people mentioned in the post above, as well as several very vocal supporters (using a plethora of online sock-puppets), imagine that the rules simply don’t apply to them. These actions are the culmination of more than a decade (almost 15 years, really) of misbehavior these two have gone about GLEEFULLY. And now that they’ve both gotten whacked, you should hear them on air and via their ghost-written propaganda/defamation website VE7KFM.com, go on at length about how unfair the FCC is and how allegedly unlawful they’ve been treated. Neither operator has any shame whatsoever.

  • It seems to me that the FCC levies fines only as a last resort. I remember being terrified as a new ham that I might go 11 or 12 minutes without ID. The FCC seems to go out of its way to settle with people and only go after the real jerks.

  • K2NCC

    I think it best to give no attention to such scoundrels. The fame fuels these farts in the wind, best to report then ignore. Gives them less to Google about themselves. Glad to see the FCC enforcing. 73

  • Mike W3LNA

    I’m glad they came down but not hard enough. Two of these fools are Extra Class licensees. That really frosts me. They need to be stripped of their certificates and banned for life.

    • Uncle Buck

      Extra LOW class.

  • Dave

    I have heard sharp disagreements between people that never got the FCC involved. A repeater owner imposing restrictions on an op in one case. Have we forgotten how to be gentlemen and solving disputes like adults? I guess some people never learned and continue to use playground bully tactics well into adulthood.

  • Billy Arnold

    No code….get something for nothing and that’s what it’s worth to you……NOTHING.

    • WW5Y

      If you are insinuating that these three defective people are no-code hams, then you need to do some research and stop making assumptions.

    • Elvin

      Most off these guys are old Ham`s that did have to have the CODE…they feel they are better than the Rest of us…have gotten this from a bunch of you…you look on QRZ and wow this guy is one of them no code Hams lets run him down and off…fcc needs to keep the Cleaning going….just my thoughts….

    • Ralph M.

      Why does it always go there?

  • Curtis:

    Read your slalom through the latest FCC EnfArcement actions w/ interest.

    But, it might be useful to differentiate between local VHF/UHF repeater piccadillos [such as those by Daniel HICKS KB8UYZ — as grave as they were — the multiple mis-directions especially] and serious HF mischief and even criminality [such as that perpetrated by Brian CROW K3VR and Mike GUERNSEY KZ8O/nd8v], heard ~world-wide….

    And even w/ the HF censures, we can/should differentiate between relatively minor technical breaches [such as David TOLASSI W4BHV’s characteristically short, if sometimes irksome, interjections and failure to ID] and persistent, directed, malicious and even criminal misbehaviour, going on for years and even decades [as evidenced/detailed in the Brian K3VR and Mike KZ8O/nd8v NALs in particular].

    Speaking of the unprecedented NALs to K3VR and KZ8O/nd8v you forgot to note that they are members of the SAME 14.313 MHz Gang of which Brian CROW K3VR is leader….
    For some evidence of this, take a look at FN #11 in both NALs: they’re ~identical and BOTH refer to ME !!!

    https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-14-1031A1.pdf
    https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-14-1030A1.pdf

    For a One Stop if now somewhat dated analysis of the above NALs peruse:

    http://members.shaw.ca/n1fm/BUSTED.htm

    For the Backgrounders to this peruse:

    http://members.shaw.ca/ve7kfm/riley.html

    http://members.shaw.ca/ve7kfm/

    and follow your nose/links to your heart’s content….

    Or contact me at VE7KFM@Gmail.com from an overt e-mail account.

    73

    Karol

  • WW5Y

    Curtis, I also read these reports with interest. In my opinion, the FCC was VERY patient and long suffering. More so than I would have been. I understand forgetting to ID, or some other quite minor violation, but repeatedly and maliciously causing havoc on the air, especially after being warned by the FCC to stop (sometimes several times) needs to be dealt with using a heavy hand (or foot). Equipment seizure, fines, and license revocation are all good. And if the still are naughty, prison time.

  • duffy_beischel

    Hicks caused a lot of interference in the Cincinnati area for a long time. The recordings were vile, sexually oriented and disgusting. When he started interfering on the repeater, and kids were in the car, you had to turn the radio off. He of course denies that he did it, but since the FCC caught him and sent him the notice, the interference has stopped. In my belief, people like this should lose their license and maybe a jail term might help. If they cannot pay, take their house, car or whatever property they have, to come up with the money to satisfy the fine. If enough people were hit with severe penalties, maybe others would not even think about it. As for the code/no-code argument, I’ve been a ham since the 70’s and this stuff has gone on since then even with a code test. So code never stopped any of this garbage, so no one can accurately blame the lack of a code test. As for why they do this stuff? I’m guessing a lot of it is just some sort of mental illness. The sad thing is people like this can still vote.

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