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gsparksPosted - 12 March 2013 7:29  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
A little off subject, but not, Our Ham club had a presentation last night from an FCC agent. After he explained what his responsibilities were he showed a series of pictures of Low Power AM and FM pirate stations they had found. It was great, if you find a station and can't verify where or who, this explains it. Some of these are no more than an outhouse, studio and transmitter, hidden by weeds, many are in garages in nice neighborhoods, some ran by college kids, some by bored techs, even some ex personalities, that missed being on the air, these often had very nice studios with thousands of dollars of equipment. A few pirate stations, mostly the FM ones, had signs and advertising. One guy wouldn't answer the door, but had a request hotline posted, so they called and requested he open his front door. Most of the real station violations had to do with fencing around antennas and paint / lighting of towers. It was amazing how poor conditions many sites were in, and the weeds, and rust. If you ever get a chance to see one of these presentations it will open your eyes to some of the things we hear and can't recognize.
Bob WeaverPosted - 12 March 2013 19:17  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
That sounds like an interesting presentation.

Did he mention anything about the legal Part 15 low power transmitters? The reason I ask is that I've heard a few comments that many of the FCC inspectors are completely unaware of Part 15.

gsparksPosted - 14 March 2013 7:51  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message
Not as we use it, he talked just a bit about issues with consumer devices being interfered with he did mention one thing, and that was they only investigated on complaints of interference, especially intentional. I did ask if they drove the proverbial "Grey van", but he said they have SUVs and most not grey and they don't drive around listening except for complaints. They also take local law enforcement when they talk to someone about a pirate station
laurent94000Posted - 7 April 2013 8:23  Show Profile  Email Poster  Edit Message

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