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ARRL General Bulletin ARLB044 (1999)

ARLB044 FCC fines Florida man $20,000

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ARRL Bulletin 44  ARLB044
From ARRL Headquarters  
Newington CT  July 16, 1999
To all radio amateurs 

ARLB044 FCC fines Florida man $20,000

The FCC has levied a $20,000 fine on a Florida man for violations
stemming from alleged unlicensed operation on Amateur Radio
frequencies. William Flippo of Jupiter is accused of willful
operation of an unlicensed radio station on 28.375 MHz, willful and
malicious interference with ongoing Amateur Radio communications,
and with failing to let FCC representatives inspect his radio
equipment. All of the alleged violations are said to have occurred
June 8, 1999.

The FCC's Compliance and Information Bureau has been investigating
complaints from hams in the Jupiter area for nearly two years. After
experiencing intentional interference on 10 and 2 meters, local hams
provided the Commission with audio tapes and the results of close-in
monitoring and direction finding.

Subsequently, an FCC agent used direction-finding techniques to
determine that intentional interference to amateur traffic ''was
occurring and that the intentional interference was being
transmitted from the residence of William Flippo.'' The FCC agent,
accompanied by a local sheriff's deputy, attempted to inspect the
radio equipment at Flippo's residence on June 8, but Flippo
reportedly refused to allow the inspection.

Flippo has 30 days to respond to the FCC Notice, sent July 12 by FCC
Tampa District Director Ralph M. Barlow.