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I agree with you– I don’t see where the rules make any distinction between for-profit and non-profit organizations. The rules are intended to prevent the manufacture and sale of non-certified radio equipment. This is just no way that the FCC can relax this requirement. A fully-assembled kit is a working unit; no different from a product manufactured in its entirety. If the FCC were to allow marketing of non-certified equipment in general, it would create a huge potential for interference. You can imagine how quickly our country would be flooded with cheap products from overseas that could cause harmful interference to almost any kind of communications imaginable. There is no way the FCC is ever going to allow this to happen, in my opinion. One could perhaps make the argument that in this one limited case of very low power equipment operating in the AM band, certification is not necessary, but I doubt that the FCC (and certainly, the broadcasters) would be willing to risk the possibility of potentially widespread interference to such an important radio service.
Finally, there is no point in blaming Mr. Hamilton, if indeed his complaint was the cause of the FCC investigation in this case. Regardless of his motives, Mr. Hamilton was within his rights to bring the matter to the FCC’s attention, as much as any other citizen who observes someone breaking the law. The FCC is a complaint driven organization. They can’t be everywhere, but if someone makes a complaint they are fairly obligated to at least investigate whether or not it is legit. As far as I am concerned, you have no reason to be upset with anyone but yourself for breaking the law, especially when you knew it.
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