$23,000 Fine Proposed for Unlicensed Operator in New York
Friday, September 02, 2016 | Comments

The FCC proposed a penalty of $23,000 against Daniel Delise for operating an unlicensed amateur radio station on the amateur radio service frequency 147.96 MHz from his residence in Astoria, New York, and falsely transmitting an officer-in-distress call. The commission said it previously warned Delise that unlicensed operation of this station was illegal and that continued operation could result in further enforcement action.

“Mr. Delise’s deliberate disregard of the act and the commission’s warning warrants a significant penalty,” the FCC said. “Commission action in this area is essential because unlicensed radio station operation creates a danger of interference to licensed public-safety and commercial communications. Transmission of a false officer-in-distress call potentially impacts the safety of life and property and places a strain on valuable resources of safety and rescue agencies.”

The full order is here.

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On 9/7/16, Dr Joe Palsa said:
Your headline wording is incorrect and misleading concerning the amateur radio story. The person was an unlicensed person operating on amateur radio and public service frequencies. He just so happened to be using amateur radio equipment and commercial two way radio equipment. He was not an unlicensed amateur radio operator. If you read the full FCC announcement you can see and understand why I am writing you. You gave an incorrect and bad image to amateur radio and its operators. PLEASE RETRACT.
Editor's Note: You are correct, and we have updated the headline accordingly.

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