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We just do not know. Here we go again with a report of an AM station getting a “visit”. Here we go again calculating back to estimate what power he was running. Here we go again guessing whether he was a part 15 operator. Here we go again getting a report that a station had a 20 foot elevated transmitter only to have the report changed to modify the height (on another thread). Here we go again when a church gets busted while perhaps following installation advice from a manufacturer. Here we go again, the FCC guys were really nice and will help us get a license. Here we go again with being scolded by the FCC but we are going to do it right this time. Be nice and polite to the inspectors and you won’t have a problem.
Those cited or those who know of citations have not been willing to discuss the circumstances in detail. It is all hedging. We read second hand reports where identies are hidden, circumstances are clouded, and a general reluctance is shown to make public the actual facts. How can anyone make any decisions based on this total lack of good information, or on bad information?
The simple truth is that the rules (part15.219) are easy to understand if one has any technical knowledge. Bend it or interpret it as you may, but I have no trouble understanding the rules.
The other truth is that an enforcement agency will not share specific details regarding their activities. I know this first hand from my contact this week with a detective in my city. He flat out told me this was the case.
In light of the lack of good enforcement information, which appears to be unavailable, the only safe way to engage in part 15 AM transmitting is to follow the part 15.219 rules, which are clear to me. Three meters total length of antenna, transmission line, and ground lead is pretty simple to understand and it means just what it says. To do otherwise is to roll the dice and fantatize that the FCC inspector is “a nice guy who will be very helpful, and will help me get a license.”.