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FCC News: Kansas Ham Issued $10,000 Fine for Operation of Unlicensed Broadcast Station K9YC on 7/12/12

On December 5, Glen Rubash, KC0GPV, of Dwight, Kansas, was issued a $10,000 fine for what the FCC called "willfully and Repeatedly" violating Section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, by operating an unlicensed radio transmitter on the frequency 88.3 MHz in Manhattan, Kansas.

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This story in this week's ARRL Letter lacks some basic information about the violation cited. Specifically, how egregious was this violation -- what was the power level, or the observed field strength at a specified distance? This is important information -- it is quite common for radio engineers to use a low power FM transmitter to "pipe music" around a home, and products designed to do this are widely available. I've been doing so for years. Was he exceeding the limit by a few dB, or by a lot?

Thanks and 73, Jim K9YC

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