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Diamond Springs ham radio operator talks himself into $25,000 fine

By Ed Fletcher

The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday affirmed an earlier decision to fine a Diamond Springs amateur radio operator $25,000 for “intentionally causing interference to other amateur radio operators and transmitting prohibited communications.”

William “Bill” Crowell, a non-practicing attorney, has continued his deliberate interruptions after his behavior was flagged by the commission. Crowell has argued that his actions are protected by the First Amendment.

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