[CQ-Contest] Reporting Jammers to the FCC

Ron Notarius WN3VAW wn3vaw at verizon.net
Fri Dec 9 12:22:21 EST 2005


Having had to personally deal with Riley on some issues a few years ago, I
can assure that the problem is well in hand.  It may take some time... the
FCC is a government bureaucracy, after all, and Riley and his staff are but
a small part of it... but it will get resolved.

The bulk of the FCC staff may or may not give a hoot about Amateur Radio,
but he does.

Keep your fingers crossed!

73, ron wn3vaw

-----Original Message-----
Message: 4
Date: Thu, 8 Dec 2005 10:16:18 -0700
From: "W0MU Mike Fatchett" <w0mu at w0mu.com>
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Reporting Jammers to the FCC
To: <cfmorris at bellsouth.net>, <cq-contest at contesting.com>
Cc: k0luz at topsusa.com

Actually I received a personal response from Riley Hollingsworth about the
situation in question and he was going to contact this individual.  I am not
sure what will happen but if you provide proof they will act.

I would agree that the Amateur spectrum is not at the top of the FCC's
concerns list.

Mike W0MU

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:cq-contest-bounces at contesting.com] On Behalf Of Charles Morrison
Sent: Wednesday, December 07, 2005 10:29 PM
To: cq-contest at contesting.com
Cc: k0luz at topsusa.com
Subject: Re: [CQ-Contest] Reporting Jammers to the FCC


Im afraid it would appear that the same goes for the FCC when it comes to
interference.  It would appear as though unless it's a California 2m
repeater they don't seem to give a hoot about operating practices that much
anymore.  They certainly have some serious double standards though.
Shutting down repeaters because of foul language and abuse of Part 97 rules,
but not a peep on incredulous Part 15 violations by BPL programs around the
country.  One answer.. Money.

The FCC doesn't care about it unless it makes money on it.  The only money
it makes on ham radio is through Vanity call signs and fines and
forfeitures.  One can file all the comments on the NPRM's about code, entry
level licenses, bellyache about BPL, but they're not listening and they
don't care and all the comments in the world will have no affect on the
ultimate outcome.   The fact remains the FCC doesn't give a rats rear about
amateur radio anymore and has no intention of stopping interference to us by
other amateurs or outside sources.  The exception of course is if WE
interfere with a "commercial" licensee.

There was once a time when I was a kid that I was actually scared to DEATH
that "Charlie" was going to come knocking on the door.

Heck, they don't even outlaw 11 meter amplifiers or export CB Radios
anymore.  You can buy them online, Ebay, and at truck stops across America.
It would take a SERIOUS and flagrant violation that interferes with a money
paying, public service frequency such as your local police, to draw a fine
that they will actually follow up on these days.  Or of course, you can be


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