October 2019 NABRC Monthly Newsletter

North Augusta Belvedere Radio Club

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October Meeting

WHEN: Monday, October 14, 2019
6:30 PM - Fellowship
7:00 PM - Meeting

WHERE: Aiken Regional Medical Center
University Parkway (6th Floor - Classrooms A & B)
Aiken, SC

TALK-IN: 145.350 Mhz (- PL 156.7)

Program: Charlie, AE4UX, will give a presentation on cross band repeating. So, bring your handheld and the manual, and be ready to program a simplex frequency into it, so you can participate in the LIVE demonstration. Also Dave, WB5NHL, will give a presentation and demonstration on the new, inexpensive, Nano VNA (vector network analyzer). WOW is it cheap for what it does!!!

Upcoming Events

October 21, 2019 - 6:00 PM - Aiken County ARES at Aiken Regional Medical Center in the Cafeteria.

FCC Proposes Fining New York Radio Amateur $17,000 for Alleged Deliberate Interference

Harold Guretzky, K6DPZ, of Richmond Hill, New York, is facing a $17,000 FCC fine for allegedly causing intentional interference on a local repeater and preventing other radio amateurs from using it. The FCC issued a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture (NAL) on October 3.

"Given his history as a repeat offender, this violation warrants a significant penalty," the FCC said in the NAL.

The NAL recounted numerous complaints alleging that Guretzky was deliberately interfering with a repeater in Glen Oaks, New York. In June of 2017, the FCC issued a Warning Letter to Guretzky, advising him of the nature of the allegations against him and directing him to stop using the repeater going forward. Nonetheless, additional complaints were filed. In April 2018, agents from the FCC New York Enforcement Bureau office drove to Richmond Hill to investigate and to advise him in writing that he was prohibited from using the local repeater.

After the FCC received further complaints, an Enforcement Bureau agent monitored the VHF repeater's input and output frequencies and, after observing deliberate interference to other stations, used direction-finding techniques to identify the source of the transmission as Guretzky's station.

"The agent monitored and recorded the transmissions emanating from Guretzky's station for several hours that afternoon and heard him interfering with the local repeater," the NAL said. "Later, the agent heard Guretzky making threatening comments toward other amateur operators." The following month, FCC Regional Director David Dombrowski spoke with Guretzky by telephone, noting the continued complaints and and cautioning him against using the repeater.

In the NAL, the FCC said Guretzky demonstrated "a deliberate disregard for the Commission's authority and the very spirit of the Amateur Radio Service by continuing to interfere with the local repeater" despite having been warned. Read more.

From the ARRL Letter - October 10, 2019.


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