Saturday, April 11, 2020

FCC Fines Louisiana Ham $18,000 for Repeater Interference

The FCC has assessed a fine of $18,000 against Jerry Materne, KC5CSG, of Lake Charles, Louisiana, for allegedly causing interference on a local repeater and failing to properly identify his station. According to the FCC, one of its field agents observed Materne causing intentional interference by transmitting digital noise into an analog radio on the repeater's frequency, and failing to identify his transmissions. 

The Commission's Forfeiture Order specified that the fine was $7000 for causing interference, $1000 for failure to identify, and $10,000 for "repeated, intentional, and egregious violations of the Commission's rules."