Saturday, March 04, 2006

FCC Amateur Radio Enforcement

In case there is ANYONE in the HamFanz community that hasn’t heard, and I doubt that, but I fell compelled to report that the FCC has finally taken action against Steve Wingate k6txh, with this letter dated February 22, 2006.

http://www.arrl.org/news/enforcement_logs/2006/0301.html

Since I truly like Steve, and always have, I can only hope he takes this two year opportunity to clean up his act, for his own benefit, if not for his license. And that he returns two years hence, if for nothing else but to wipe a few noses in it!

The sad thing is, even if he does lucidly, make the decision to comply with the FCC ruling, I’m sad to say, that I think there will be times, and soon, when he’ll not even remember his decision and will be on air.

And I can’t help but wonder if the HAMS who taunted Steve so unmercifully, who threatened Steve in so many ways (and I have hours and hours of recordings of THIS – wonder if Riley Hollingsworth would like to hear them?), and who made the ‘fake’ recordings, and filed ‘fake’ or exaggerated complaints are not themselves under investigation. I certainly hope so! Perhaps we’ll see an ‘advisement’ letter to them from the FCC and posted on the ARRL site one of these days soon. You know who you are…

9 comments:

Carl Richardson said...

The FCC has taken the right action here, Steve needs help and he doesn’t belong on Amateur radio nor does he belong in the air, he needs to have his pilot’s license pulled and possibly his driver’s license. Steve has serious problems, both mentally and emotionally. I don’t want someone in our air space that might be flying under the influence of what ever it is he uses. He is a danger to himself and everyone around him. I would feel much better if this man was placed in an institution.

Bill Crowell said...

Evvy, I, too, am curious as to whether Hollingsworth is going to take any action against the hams who filed the fake recordings of Steve. If this is proven, it would clearly constitute a felony violation of Secion 308(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, 47 U.S.C. Sec. 308(b). I find it remarkable that Hollingsworth even admitted in Steve's Warning Notice that some of the tapes are fake. Obviously, this is contrary to his interests in proving his case against Steve, and it indicates to me that he is really pissed off that someone sent him fake tapes. It will be interesting indeed to see if any follow-up action is taken on this issue. I don't understand why he would have admitted he received the fake tapes unless such follow-up action was in the offing.

Bill Crowell said...

Oops, my dumb! Section 308(b) only applies to statements by licensees on their initial applications for license grants, and on applications for modifications and renewals. It therefore wouldn't apply in this factual situation. Sorry for the misinformation. I'll shut up now. Billy the Bill Collector

evvy said...

Bill wrote:
It therefore wouldn't apply in this factual situation. Sorry for the misinformation.

OK. Then 'something' should apply!!!

Anonymous said...

If you think about it......it was probably a supporter of Steve. Why would anyone try to make a bogus tape when there were a plentiful supply of REAL ones? If I were in that situation, I would think of submitting some obvious fake tapes myself in order to throw the whole thing into question (and even diversion) and as you have probably done many times Bill - get what equates to a motion of dismissal.

Jim N7JS

liveinthewire said...

> [Steve] is a danger to himself and everyone around him. I would feel much better if this man was placed in an institution.

This is completely unsupported by the facts in hand. Sure, the subject gets drunk in the comfort of his own den and is a nuisance. But it is a very long stretch to assume from that annoying but possibly benign situation that the man is a threat to public safety and should to be locked up. Wow. Let's keep some perspective here.

liveinthewire said...

bill cowell said:

> I, too, am curious as to whether Hollingsworth is going to take any action against the hams who filed the fake recordings of Steve.

Bill, aren't you more worried that Hollingsworth will take action against you when your renewal comes up? What's your assessment of what will happen in your own case?

Bill Crowell said...

Bill, aren't you more worried that Hollingsworth will take action against you when your renewal comes up? What's your assessment of what will happen in your own case?

It depends on what you mean. If Hollingsworth were to govern himself according to whether or not I've actually violated Part 97, there is no question but that my license should be renewed in the usual fashion because I do follow Part 97's requirements scrupulously. If, however, you believe that Hollingsworth is vindictive, wants to impose his own personal requirements (that are not contained in Part 97) on amateur operations, and makes up the rules as he goes along, then I suppose maybe I have reason to be worried about my renewal. Until proven otherwise, however, I am choosing to assume that he sticks to Part 97 and doesn't confuse his own personal predilections with that which is required under Part 97. Accordingly, I'm not worried about my renewal at this time. Besides, there will always be plenty of opportunity to appeal from non-renewal on the proper legal grounds if my assumption proves to be incorrect.

Bill Crowell said...

I would like to add one more thing. Although some (perhaps many) would take exception to the sentiments which I have expressed about ham radio, the fact remains that I have confined my rambunctious behavior to my website and the internet. This is exactly what Riley Hollingsworth has said he wants hams to do. He has made several speeches in which he has asked hams to keep their arguments and disputes off the air and do them on the internet instead. I agree with him, and this is what I have done. So even if Riley disagrees with my opinions concerning ham radio, he is constrained to admit that I am doing exactly what he recommended and, even though he may find them offensive, if he is intellectually honest he couldn't possibly consider my internet activities as a basis for non-renewal of my license.

 

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