North Carolina ARES Western Branch NEW News
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- Paul, KD4OZI
Amateur Radio Operator Settles with DOJ, FCC for $7,000
Thursday, July 05, 2018 | Comments
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FCC reached a settlement with an amateur radio operator for intentionally causing interference to other amateur radio operators’ transmissions and failing to provide station identification when transmitting. The FCC worked with the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania to reach an agreement with Brian Crow arising from an FCC forfeiture order that found his behavior violated the Communications Act and the FCC’s rules.
The settlement requires Crow to pay the U.S. Treasury $7,000 — a substantial payment for an amateur operator. The initial proposed penalty in 2014 was $11,500.
“When a ‘ham radio’ operator interferes with other operators, the whole amateur radio system is threatened — potentially to the point that it could fall apart,” said Rosemary Harold, chief of the Enforcement Bureau. “Amateur radio licensees know that the rules require them to share the airwaves, which means that bad actors cannot plead ignorance. This settlement is a significant payment for an individual operator, and it sends a serious message: Play by the rules in the amateur radio band or face real consequences. We thank the U.S. Attorney’s Office for understanding the importance of this type of case and pushing it forward to ensure a resolution that included strong penalties for substantial violations of the law.”
Crow operates an amateur radio station (call sign K3VR) from North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Amateur radio operators are required to hold a license from the FCC and to cooperate with each other when using amateur radio frequencies, which are shared frequencies. The commission found that Crow intentionally caused interference to other amateur radio operators and blocked others’ use of the airwaves. Crow also failed to transmit his FCC assigned call sign, which allows other amateur operators to identify the source of transmissions that occupy the amateur radio bands, as required by the commission’s rules.
He is also limited to “technician class” operating privileges for the next six months, after which — if no new violations have been found — he will again be authorized to operate with “amateur extra” operating privileges. Amateur radio license classes permit some licensees additional operating privileges, such as access to more amateur frequencies, depending on which exam they passed. Higher class access is a privilege that the FCC can curtail or even deny based on conduct by the licensee.
Harold also pointed out the work of the FCC field agents involved in this case: “I want to thank our outstanding field agents for the continued vigilance and hard work in ensuring our airwaves are used lawfully,” she said.
73 de W4DNA – Dave
ARRL North Carolina Section Traffic Manager
How to prepare for hurricane season
We will be having Field Day (June 23,24) again in the parking deck at
A-B Tech. As like last year we will have the antenna's up on the top
level and radio setup will be on the 6th level using generators. We also
will be allowed to grill hamburgers/hot dogs and eat dinner Saturday
evening. We will also need volunteers to set up and bring tables and
chairs to use. I would ask that those coming, please bring a covered
dish to help out with dinner. At the June WCARS meeting I will be
bringing a sign up sheet for both food and for people to help out
working a station. We will need operators for all stations and for those
that want to stay up all night to operate a station can do so. Please
think about how you want to help and let me know at the next meeting.
Randy Harris KI4VLW
Here are a few thing for everyone to keep in mind.
1. I'm still trying to get (asking) folks to sign up for the NEW https://www.KD4OZI.ORG website.
To sign Up? Key the Sign Up and enter some data.
2. Hurricane Season is almost upon us (June 1st),
Weather Underground - https://www.wunderground.com/hurricane is what I use to track these. If the Hurricane is in the Atlantic Ocean I will track it daily until it not listed as a hurricane anymore.
3. EC's - you can have assistant E.C. (A.E.C.) all you have to do is talk with your Area District Coordinator and justify your need. If you forget to send in your monthly report here is your chance to assign an A.E.C. and other things you may need help with.
Oh, congratulations to one of the new A.E.C. for Iredell County.
My plan is to list one of the Monthly E.C. reports to show what is going on in that County, they may be doing something that your club is able to do.
Below is an announcement from Iredell County, followed by the Monthly Report for Area 14, Cherokee County, Kevin Heyboer (KD4UYR) E.C.
From: Dennis White
May 8 at 9:58 PM
I am pleased to announce the appointment of our newest AEC for Iredell ARES; Jimmy Levan. Jimmy has trained at the EOC, served as NCS and attended some meetings which I couldn't attend as well sending emails to different agencies on behalf of ARES. Jimmy has completed numerous certifications: ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-700, ICS-800, ICS-300 and ICS-400.
We have a lot of work/projects coming up so please volunteer to assist.
Iredell County ARES staff:
Rick McClure KE4TEP AEC
Jimmy Levan N4SZF AEC
Howard Hecht W1HO
Dennis L White
Iredell County ARES Emergency Coordinator
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Jurisdiction: Cherokee County
Date: April, 2018
ARES Members: 39, Decrease by (2)
AUXComm Members: , Same by (number)
Net Name: Cherokee Co ARES Net, Net Sessions: 4, Net Liaison: NCEN
Number of Drills, Tests, Training Sessions: 5, Hours: 45.05
Number of public service events: 0, Hours: 0
Number of Emergency Operations: 0, Hours: 0
Total ARES Operations: 5, Hours: 45.05
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The month of April was calm in Cherokee County . At our monthly meeting, we discussed how to make inexpensive antennas from common objects which could be used in an emergency or to increase the range of an HT. We also began planning for Field Day.
Unfortunately, we lost Larry W. Shumway, N5DHY (SK), to his battle with esophageal cancer. His wife, Pat, N4NVO was also on our roster and she has asked to terminate her membership. She had gotten her license primarily to be able to communicate with her husband during a disaster if necessary.
At our upcoming May meeting, we will be finalizing plans to assist the Warriors Veterans Outreach with communications during their annual 22 mile march down US 19/74 to bring awareness to the 22 military veterans who take their own life every day. This will be our third year providing communications support to this operation as a public service.
Our partner group, the WCARS-Murphy Chapter, has received its club call sign of KN4LIG. We are now in the process of applying for a vanity call sign which represents the club. A final decision of which call signs to put on the request form will be made at the May meeting on May 8th. As the trustee of the call sign is an extra class operator, we can request a 2 X 2 call sign. The front runners which show available in the FCC database are WC4NC, NC4MU, and NC4MY.
Kevin Heyboer KD4UYR
Cherokee County ARES/AUXCOMM
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From: Ed Griffin
it's cheap and you'd get plenty of exercise.
I should have mentioned..
If you go to https://archive.org/
and in the search block, type in
something like 73 magazine, you will get access to many issues
of that fun magazine. Lots of stuff on that site.
Here is a link to lots of older (and not so old) ham radio related
magazines, books and articles. Scroll to the bottom of the page
and the screen will keep adding pages. Lots of interesting stuff
especially for some of our newer hams.
Wouxun.US / Import Communications
PO Box 451
New London, NC 28127
A list of upcoming hamfests - Also check out our calendar of events!