Thursday, September 29, 2016

FCC Levies Large Fine for Interference, Unlicensed Operation

The FCC has proposed fining a New York City man $23,000 for unlicensed operation on amateur radio frequencies and transmitting a false distress call over a New York Police Department (NYPD) frequency. According to the ARRL Letter, the FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability at the end of August to Daniel Delise of Astoria, New York. Delise has been under FCC scrutiny for four years.

The subject of multiple complaints that the FCC had not been able to verify, Delise was confronted by FCC field agents at his home last April, while transmitting on the 2-meter band, according to the ARRL. He admitted making the transmissions and was cited for unlicensed operation. Within a few weeks, the NYPD arrested Delise for making a false officer-in-distress call on one of its radio channels and for possessing radios capable of operating on police frequencies, which is against state law (licensed amateurs are exempted). 

The FCC may have trouble collecting the fine … the ARRL Letter reports that Delise pled guilty to the state charges against him and is now in prison.