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Ok…for months and months we’ve all heard the nanny routine about following the rules etc etc, even to the point of discouragement to newcomers to the field of Part 15 radio operations..no matter what that would be.
And we see over there on the right the Enforcement Bureau Feed of plenty of captured violators. A lot of them deal with businesses using licensed services like two way, telecom systems and shady policy conduct with phone cards etc.
We even see a few licensed broadcasters get a whammy for an unlit tower, faded paint job or broken fence.
And in all those, including the tagging of a ham operator running an unlicensed FM..though the information does not specify what the measured field strength was…curious eh? Did that operation run uW or mW or KW?
Would be interesting to know what the missing facts are.
In any case, this case is a PERFECT example of what the enforcement does..and does NOT do.
Here we have an individual citizen…forget about the ham license..but an individual who got tagged for an unlicensed FM operation within less than a 3 month time frame..tagged bagged and gagged with a fat 10K fine to boot.
Now…there is record…UNDENIABLE record of one particular LICENSED broadcaster with OUTSTANDING NAL fines and false statements submitted on official FCC forms spanning 16 years and over $100,000.00 in fines and on-going violations..meaning REPETITIVE and KNOWINGLY.
Why the heck doesn’t anyone notice, or have comment, or stand up and protest against this kind of pick and choose enforcement, especially by those who spend so much effort in reminding Part 15’ers to adhere to the rules as if they are blatantly violating those rules with absolutely no proof that any Part 15 operators are, but totally ignore the PROVABLE and UNDENIABLE, REPETITIVE violations of licensed operations?
What kind of tilted picture do these point the finger at, arm chair radio police trying to pitch with their silence to these licensed repetitive and on-going violators but scream and shout and twist all about at Part 15’ers?
Silence speaks loudly IMO. And when those who play nanny and say much to one thing and play silent to the other..well I find that individual or individuals to either be hiding something, or covering for something or someones and that in of itself, again in my opinion..gives very very little credibility to the one pointing the finger in the wrong direction and scolding at the wrong operations.
Now..how about some SERIOUS talk about what is taking place in the world of licensed radio and unlicensed radio and the adherence to the rules which regulate both? Why is there such a tilted agenda with letting repetitive licensed violators get away with over 100 grand in fines, knowingly and repeatedly violating to this day, and on the other side of that..putting the hammer jammer down on such petty things like the noted ham getting caught with a little FM job?
Oh yes we see the articles, the blogs, the news clippings, the this and that about these pitiful busts, but read/hear/see LITTLE to NOTHING about HUGE violators?
Why is there no conversation about that here at Part15.us? Why so much silence by Part 15 operators speaking out against this pick and choose way of enforcing the law?
Cmon man…don’t any of you see the potential of tag and bag and gag right at your front door step?
Oook..for those who need led from A to B to C….it means that YOU and I and ANYONE ELSE running a Part 15 setup is subject to far more scrutiny and plucking than the licensed guys.
It means our hobby, our small businesses, our love for what we do, is looking down the barrels of the enforcement guns while the real crooks are allowed to go get another license to continue to violate and get away with not paying massive fines and float station licenses like floating checks over an extended weekend.
Speak or be spoken for and loose.
It’s your choice.