Recent Enforcement Actions for June 24, 2019

Interfering with Public Safety Operations 
David Larsen of Highland Park, New Jersey has entered into a Consent Decree with the Enforcement Bureau of the FCC following his admission that he made unauthorized transmission on spectrum licensed to the Borough of Highland Park for public safety communications. Terms of the agreement include that Mr. Larsen:
  • Agrees not to engage in unauthorized use of a radio station in the future;
  • Surrenders his amateur radio license for cancellation with an agreement not to apply for a new amateur license for three years;
  • Surrenders radios in his possession that are capable of transmitting on spectrum licensed to the Borough of Highland Park; and
  • Agrees to pay a civil penalty of $7,500 and to pay an additional penalty of $32,500 if in the next 10 years he makes radio transmissions without the requisite authority or otherwise violates the terms of the Consent Decree.
Must be an Uncontrollable Impulse 
Why do individuals like Joseph Foster of Island Park, New York operate on unauthorized frequencies, especially ones that cause interference to emergency responders? Mr. Foster was transmitting from his apartment on the high side of several UHF MED frequencies used by medical responders and causing interference to the Nassau County PD Emergency Ambulance Bureau. He has ten days from receipt to respond to the Notice of Unlicensed Operation and Notification of Harmful Interference. (Case No.: EB-FIELDNER-16-00021179)
Category: Enforcement Corner