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Old 03-26-2013, 7:21 AM
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Cool FCC FINES A HAM

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Based on the freq it says he was using (26.7100) sounds more like he was freebanding with CB than using it for HAM. He just got screwed cause he carries a ham license. Oops.
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And this is why I don't modify my radios to TX out of band.
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I think the gentleman "got screwed" because he did something illegally. It had nothing to do with having or not having an amateur radio license. It would amount to the same thing if he didn't have a ham license, the problem was unauthorized (illegal) use of a frequency. The guy also admitted guilt! So, while being fined would be a 'hardship' he is still liable. (That's the point of fines, isn't it? Making it a 'penalty' for doing something I'd be willing to bet that he knew was wrong?)
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Old 03-26-2013, 11:53 AM
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Title should have read FCC Fines a Moron,
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I read the Memorandum. What is the frequency he used 26.71? I don't see that on the CB list. I could not find any info on that freq.
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The Federal Communications Commission investigation of Torres began in December 2007.

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Ahh, now I see. "Spanish CB" Thanks for the link.
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Old 03-31-2013, 2:32 PM
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I read the Memorandum. What is the frequency he used 26.71? I don't see that on the CB list. I could not find any info on that freq.
That is a frequency below the legal CB frequencies. "Criminal Banders" oftentimes use frequencies above and below the legal CB channels... these areas are known as the "freeband" although, it isn't free when you get caught
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yes its illegal if you get caught. there is more to this story than what is written here. he drew fire to himself somehow. there are guys transmitting here on the free band for year. ever since i got into radio in the late 70s there are always activity here. this guy had to drew the FCC attention somehow. part 95 is so full of restrictions and guide lines you could not touch a mic without breaking some kind of law. FCC never really enforce it. but in this case I'm sure this guy drew a bull side on his back for the FCC to target him. just transmitting here on 26.7 or 27.7 won't draw FCC attention.
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You can call them Freebanders or Illegal banders (never heard that one!) but they are operating outside the rules. I will say that peter is right, he had to be doing something other than just some freebanding.
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yes its illegal if you get caught.
No, it's illegal regardless if you get caught or not. Which this guy did get caught.

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part 95 is so full of restrictions and guide lines you could not touch a mic without breaking some kind of law.
That's weird, thousands of people every day use Part 95 radios without breaking any laws. I think you should read up on the laws again.

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FCC never really enforce it. but in this case I'm sure this guy drew a bull side on his back for the FCC to target him. just transmitting here on 26.7 or 27.7 won't draw FCC attention.
Well, seems they enforced the law this time. They don't catch everyone, but the ones that do draw attention to themselves usually do get caught eventually. All it takes is enough complaints from legitimate users of the "freeband" spectrum or complaints from neighbors receiving RFI to get the FCC's attention.
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I have to think he was bleeding all over the neighbors and probably had an illegal amp as well. Most of the freebanders have those illegal "Ham radio CW transmitters" which are just a CB linear amp. And most of them are pretty dirty. Back a million years ago, my buddy had one called the Texas Star Skeleton. It was so dirty, I could actually hear him ON MY TOASTER when he pulled in the driveway!
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I`m just curious, but what`s supposed to be in that region above CB 40 and below CB 1? Just wondering, i used to listen to those guys on a DX-398 Rat Shack reciever with just the telescoping whip on the unit and could pull `em in S9 10 to 20 over, it could get intresting sometimes. N9NRA
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I`m just curious, but what`s supposed to be in that region above CB 40 and below CB 1? Just wondering, i used to listen to those guys on a DX-398 Rat Shack reciever with just the telescoping whip on the unit and could pull `em in S9 10 to 20 over, it could get intresting sometimes. N9NRA
Fed government has reserved space below cb ch.1 and mostly remote broadcast pickups on the frequencies above cb ch.40, which explains why you do NOT stray below ch.1 but then I digress, WHY would anyone want to use a noisy, no man's band like that to begin with?
I prefer 220mhz. and up from there.

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Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux i686; U; en-US) Gecko/20081217 Vision-Browser/8.1 301x200 LG VN530)

25.020-25.320 Petroleum Products
25.335-25.635 ?
25.650-26.100 11m International Broadcast
25.870-26.470 Broadcast Auxilliary (Remote Pickup)
26.485-26.605 ?
26.620 Civil Air Patrol
26.635-26.950 ?
26.965-27.405 CB Radio
27.430-27.530 Business
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:33 PM
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Yep, those have been there for years, nothing new.

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27.545-27.985 ?
28.000-29.700 10m Amateur
29.710-29.790 Forest Products (Logging)
29.805-29.885 ?
29.900 US Army
29.915-29.985 ?
Per the Consolidated Frequency List in an old "Police Call, (and the back panel of a Grundig YB-400 lol)
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There are several other CB frequency ranges worldwide. They fall somewhere between 26.400-28.000 MHz. (Per "Tomcat's Big CB Handbook" circa 1988.)
I think there's an 11m Maritime HF allocation in there somewhere as well.
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Found some more:
25.070-25.097 ITU Maritime channels 2501-2510, Ship Transmit
25.550-25.670 Radio Astronomy
26.145-26.172 ITU Maritime channels 2501-2510, Coast Transmit
27.680-27.980 Australian 11m Maritime channels 68-98 (Ten total)
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