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Old 10-08-2018, 11:22 PM
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Of the 5 illegal simplex repeaters in the area they are all run by licensed Hams who use the fact that they are licensed Hams to harass and intimidate others on the PRS bands. They use their ham license as an excuse to bully non-hams and think that GMRS/FRS is their private spot where they can do what they want. Other Hams in the area in my opinion are complicit in ignoring the abuses because it gets them off their precious frequencies.

When I got into radio 3 years ago I really tried to adhere to all the rules, even the 4 watt CB requirement. All I kept hearing from internet Hams is 'that's against FCC regs' etc, etc. It is very disheartening to find out that around here 50 percent of CB violations are by licensed Hams and .other than the GMRS license (which doesn't even matter anymore with the new rule change) which very few people adhere to, that most of the GMRS/FRS violations are committed by licensed Hams who think their Amateur Radio license makes them special.

As for the FCC, I file a complaint every 6 months starting 1 1/2 years ago. I have fully realized that the FCC does not care about GMRS, but I still file just so that I myself don't become complicit,.
The FCC does indeed care and the agents take their job very seriously. However, the FCC has suffered some of the biggest budget cuts with in the past few years. Today FCC has a fraction of the field offices and agents that they had 15 years ago. Unfortunately, the Enforcement Bureau has no choice but to triage each case based on its level of priority. Cases involving public safety, government, critical infrastructure, and etc are given the highest priority. Cases involving any of the public radio services like GMRS and Amateur Radio come last. Like I stated in my previous post, once in a blue moon the FCC will have the chance to take a lower priority case and actually investigate it. The local field office for one of the areas Iím at frequently is In Gwinnett County, GA. Itís a small office that the FCC leases and they only have two older Chevy Tahoeís sitting in the back of the building. The last time I drove by, one of them had a flat tire and looked to have been sitting for awhile.
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