Proposed $1000 fine for Identifying Ham Radio Stations

The USA communications regulator, the FCC, are proposing a fine if an amateur / ham radio does not identify itself during broadcasts.

To highlight the seriousness of the FCC proposal, they regulator is proposing fining a Georgia ham $1000 for alleged failure to properly identify. Amateur / Ham radio operator, David J. Tolassi, W4BHV, was warned last August 2014, about not following the Commission’s Part 97 ID rules. The FCC said his “deliberate disregard” of that warning warranted the proposed penalty.

“Mr Tolassi…has a history of failing to comply with the rules governing the Amateur Radio Service,” the FCC said in a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL), released on 22 July 2015. As the NAL recounted, agents from the FCC’s Atlanta Office used direction-finding techniques to locate the source of a signal on 14.313 MHz to Tolassi’s residence in Ringold, Georgia.

“The agents monitored and recorded transmissions during which Mr Tolassi failed to transmit his assigned call sign. The agents interviewed Mr Tolassi later that evening, and, while he admitted operating that evening, he denied making the unidentified transmissions.”

Nonetheless, the FCC determined that Tolassi “apparently repeatedly violated Section 97.119(a)” of the rules. The Commission pointed that it could have assessed a forfeiture of $16,000 a day for a continuing violation, but it settled on a $1000 fine.

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