FCC Imposes Fine on Amateur Radio Operator
Friday, July 29, 2016 | Comments

The FCC imposed a penalty of $1,000 against amateur radio station operator David J. Tolassi for failing to transmit his assigned call sign in the Amateur Radio Service. Failure to transmit call sign information undermines the purpose of the amateur radio service by preventing licensed users from identifying a transmission’s source, the commission said.

Tolassi did not deny that he transmitted on 14.313 MHz on the date in question, but argued that his comments were within the 10-minute window mandated by the rules. Tolassi also requested cancellation of the notice of apparent liability (NAL) and substitution of a warning letter because similarly situated amateur operators have received multiple warnings before being issued a fine.

Last July, the commission said it previously warned Tolassi of the station identification requirement. “Mr. Tolassi’s deliberate disregard of the commission’s warning warrants the proposed penalty,” the 2015 notice said.

“Considering the entire record and the factors discussed below, we find no reason to cancel, withdraw or reduce the proposed penalty, and we therefore assess the $1,000 forfeiture the Enforcement Bureau previously proposed,” the FCC said in a July 29 order.

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On 8/3/16, David Rosenfeld HP8KJW said:
I hear many stations doing this, especially when it's two stations local to each other and they think nobody else is listening. I've heard many QSOs go over a half hour with neither station IDing.


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