Mixed Decision from the California Court of Appeals in Palmdale, California Antenna Case
On January 27, 2011, the California Court of Appeals, Second Appellate District, issued its Opinion in the antenna case of Alec Zubarau, WB6X. In several respects, it is a win for Amateur Radio in California. Working with his ARRL Volunteer Counsel, Len Shaffer, WA6QHD, Mr Zubarau is now considering their next course of action.
The Court found that the Palmdale antenna ordinance, as it pertained to the height limit for vertical antennas, was “unenforceable” because it allowed a radio amateur to have a vertical antenna up to 75 feet high when measured from the ground but limited the “active element of the antenna array” to 30 feet. Continue reading Mixed Decision in Appeals Case in Palmdale→
The Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Enhancement Act, which died at the end of the 111th Congress, has been reintroduced in the 112th Congress as HR 81. The sponsor is Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX-18). The new bill — which was introduced on January 5 — has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
K1MAN’s jury trial scheduled for August 2011
Government seeks payment of unpaid (and newly reduced) fine
The Department of Justice has tentatively scheduled a trial before a civil jury for next summer in the government’s case against Glenn A. Baxter, K1MAN, of Belgrade Lakes, Maine. Baxter, was fined $21,000 by the FCC five years ago for violating various Amateur Radio rules.
The Department of Justice acts as the collector for all unpaid “forfeitures” since the FCC has no collection department. Baxter was served with a summons on October 27, 2010, by the U.S. District Court – District of Maine (Bangor) and given 20 days to respond to the charges. Continue reading K1MAN’s jury trial scheduled for August→
Traffic congestion, longer commutes and a hectic lifestyle are just a few factors that can cause driver distractions. Combine these with the temptations of modern technology, the desire to stay connected to the office at all times, and a false sense of security—and multi-tasking behind the wheel becomes an alluring trap. Several studies show that 20 to 30 per cent of all collisions involve driver distraction, and distracted drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a collision than attentive drivers.
FCC Issues Retailer Second Citation in 18 Months for Marketing Non-Compliant RF Devices
On November 23, the FCC issued a Citation to Hobby Lobby International (HLI) for marketing non-compliant radio frequency devices. According to the Commission, these devices were in violation of Section 302(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, as Amended and Section 2.803(a)(1) of the Commission’s Rules. In July 2009, HLI was also issued a Citation for the same reason. This time, HLI was found to be selling an unauthorized radio frequency device, specifically, the JETI Duplex 2.4 GHz System for radio-controlled models; this system consists of a transmitter and receiver used for remote control of model aircraft, boats, and cars. The FCC Citation warned that if, after receipt of the Citation, HLI violates the Communications Act or the Rules “by engaging in conduct of the type described herein, the Commission may impose monetary forfeitures…as well as criminal sanctions, including imprisonment.” HLI has 30 days to respond to the Citation, either through a personal interview at the FCC office in Atlanta or via a written statement.
FCC GOES AFTER ILLEGAL CB AND UNWANTED REPEATER USERS
Since the beginning of the year the FCC’s enforcement effort in the private radio area seems concentrated in two areas. These are violations of the Part 95 rules governing the 11 meter Citizens Radio Service and ridding repeaters of unwanted users in the Amateur Service.