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  • #186338

    radioperson
    Participant

    Generally, the feds will not confiscate your gear, unless you ignore their order repeatedly and then they will come in and take your gear, figuring that’s the only way to get you off the air.

    #186373

    michael p
    Participant

    Generally, the feds will not confiscate your gear, unless you ignore their order repeatedly and then they will come in and take your gear, figuring that’s the only way to get you off the air.

    I still recall the news coverage when the feds confiscated the 3 Spanish language pirate stations in the mid 90’s.
    #186378

    Keith Kennedy
    Participant

    FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION

    ENFORCEMENT BUREAU

    REGION ONE

     

    Columbia Regional Office

    9050 Junction Drive

    Annapolis Junction, Maryland 20701

    Field@FCC.gov

     

     

    April 18, 2019

     

    The Way of Mind and Body

    Akron, Ohio

     

    NOTICE OF UNLICENSED OPERATION

     

    Case Number:  EB-FIELDNER-19-00028657

     

    On March 20, 2019, Agents from the Columbia Office of the Federal Communications Commissions (FCCs or Commissions) Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) investigated a complaint of an unlicensed FM station operating on the frequency 96.9 MHz in Akron, Ohio.  The Agents confirmed by direction finding techniques that radio signals on the frequency 96.9MHz were emanating from a commercial property at 190 Union Street in Akron, Ohio.  Through investigation, the Agent confirmed that you are the operator of the unlicensed radio station.  The Commissions records show that no license was issued for operation of a radio station on 96.9MHz at this location in Akron, Ohio. A review of the Commission records revealed that the Commission granted a Construction Permit (File No BNPL-20131114AJY) authorizing The Way of Mind and Body to begin construction of an FM Broadcast Station on the frequency 96.9 MHz at 190 Union Street, Akron, Ohio (41-05-10 NL 081-30-18 WL.)  However, The Way of Mind and Body was never authorized to operate the station because the Commission cancelled that Construction Permit.

     

     

    Radio stations operating on a range of frequencies, 47 CFR  73.201. including 96.9 MHz, must be licensed by the FCC pursuant to Section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (Act). 47 U.S.C.  301.

    The only exception to this licensing requirement is for certain transmitters using or operating at a power level or mode of operation that complies with the standards established in Part 15 of the Commissions rules. 47 CFR 15.1 et seq.

    On March 20, 2019, Agents measured the field strength of the signal on the frequency 96.9MHz for the station and found that it exceeded the maximum permitted level of 250 V/m at 3 meters for non-licensed devices.  Thus, this station is operating in violation of Section 301 of the Act. 47 U.S.C. 301.

    Operation of radio transmitting equipment without a valid FCC authorization or license is a violation of Section 301 of the Act 47 U.S.C.  301. and may subject the responsible parties to substantial monetary fines, in rem arrest action against the offending radio equipment, and criminal sanctions including imprisonment.   Because unlicensed operation creates a danger of interference to important radio communications services and may subject the operator to severe penalties, this letter emphasizes the importance of complying strictly with these legal requirements. See 47 U.S.C.  401, 501, 503 and 510.

     

     

    UNLICENSED OPERATION OF THIS RADIO STATION MUST BE DISCONTINUED IMMEDIATELY.

     

    You have ten (10) days from the date of this notice to respond with any evidence that you have authority to operate granted by the FCC.  Your response should be sent to the address in the letterhead and reference the listed case number.  Under the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C.  552a(e)(3).

    we are informing you that the Commissions staff will use all relevant material information before it to determine what, if any, enforcement action is required to ensure your compliance with FCC Rules.  This will include any information that you disclose in your reply.

     

    You may contact this office if you have any questions.

     

     

     

     

    David C. Dombrowski

    Regional Director

    Region One

    Enforcement Bureau

    Federal Communications Commission

     

    #186381

    Yekimi
    Participant

    FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION ENFORCEMENT BUREAU REGION ONE Columbia Regional Office 9050 Junction Drive Annapolis Junction, Maryland 20701 Field@FCC.gov April 18, 2019 The Way of Mind and Body Akron, Ohio NOTICE OF UNLICENSED OPERATION Case Number: EB-FIELDNER-19-00028657 On March 20, 2019, Agents from the Columbia Office of the Federal Communications Commissions (FCCs or Commissions) Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) investigated a complaint of an unlicensed FM station operating on the frequency 96.9 MHz in Akron, Ohio. The Agents confirmed by direction finding techniques that radio signals on the frequency 96.9MHz were emanating from a commercial property at 190 Union Street in Akron, Ohio. Through investigation, the Agent confirmed that you are the operator of the unlicensed radio station. The Commissions records show that no license was issued for operation of a radio station on 96.9MHz at this location in Akron, Ohio. A review of the Commission records revealed that the Commission granted a Construction Permit (File No BNPL-20131114AJY) authorizing The Way of Mind and Body to begin construction of an FM Broadcast Station on the frequency 96.9 MHz at 190 Union Street, Akron, Ohio (41-05-10 NL 081-30-18 WL.) However, The Way of Mind and Body was never authorized to operate the station because the Commission cancelled that Construction Permit. Radio stations operating on a range of frequencies, 47 CFR 73.201. including 96.9 MHz, must be licensed by the FCC pursuant to Section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (Act). 47 U.S.C. 301. The only exception to this licensing requirement is for certain transmitters using or operating at a power level or mode of operation that complies with the standards established in Part 15 of the Commissions rules. 47 CFR 15.1 et seq. On March 20, 2019, Agents measured the field strength of the signal on the frequency 96.9MHz for the station and found that it exceeded the maximum permitted level of 250 V/m at 3 meters for non-licensed devices. Thus, this station is operating in violation of Section 301 of the Act. 47 U.S.C. 301. Operation of radio transmitting equipment without a valid FCC authorization or license is a violation of Section 301 of the Act 47 U.S.C. 301. and may subject the responsible parties to substantial monetary fines, in rem arrest action against the offending radio equipment, and criminal sanctions including imprisonment. Because unlicensed operation creates a danger of interference to important radio communications services and may subject the operator to severe penalties, this letter emphasizes the importance of complying strictly with these legal requirements. See 47 U.S.C. 401, 501, 503 and 510. UNLICENSED OPERATION OF THIS RADIO STATION MUST BE DISCONTINUED IMMEDIATELY. You have ten (10) days from the date of this notice to respond with any evidence that you have authority to operate granted by the FCC. Your response should be sent to the address in the letterhead and reference the listed case number. Under the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(3). we are informing you that the Commissions staff will use all relevant material information before it to determine what, if any, enforcement action is required to ensure your compliance with FCC Rules. This will include any information that you disclose in your reply. You may contact this office if you have any questions. David C. Dombrowski Regional Director Region One Enforcement Bureau Federal Communications Commission

    That same address is where Warner Mendenhall operates his law offices from. Seeing as how he’s an attorney, couldn’t he be disbarred for violating federal law?  That is if he even knew about it. For all I know he could have been leasing space to someone and didn’t know what they were up to.
    [Don’t have it in for him, I think he’s OK as an attorney although I have never had to use him.]
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    #186385

    michael p
    Participant
    Shouldn’t that read “250 mv/m”?  250 microvoltes per meter is how I thought part 15 was written.

    On March 20, 2019, Agents measured the field strength of the signal on the frequency 96.9MHz for the station and found that it exceeded the maximum permitted level of 250 V/m at 3 meters for non-licensed devices. Thus, this station is operating in violation of Section 301 of the Act. 47 U.S.C. 301.

    #186389

    Crazy Monkey
    Participant

    FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION ENFORCEMENT BUREAU REGION ONE Columbia Regional Office 9050 Junction Drive Annapolis Junction, Maryland 20701 Field@FCC.gov April 18, 2019 The Way of Mind and Body Akron, Ohio NOTICE OF UNLICENSED OPERATION Case Number: EB-FIELDNER-19-00028657 On March 20, 2019, Agents from the Columbia Office of the Federal Communications Commissions (FCCs or Commissions) Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) investigated a complaint of an unlicensed FM station operating on the frequency 96.9 MHz in Akron, Ohio. The Agents confirmed by direction finding techniques that radio signals on the frequency 96.9MHz were emanating from a commercial property at 190 Union Street in Akron, Ohio. Through investigation, the Agent confirmed that you are the operator of the unlicensed radio station. The Commissions records show that no license was issued for operation of a radio station on 96.9MHz at this location in Akron, Ohio. A review of the Commission records revealed that the Commission granted a Construction Permit (File No BNPL-20131114AJY) authorizing The Way of Mind and Body to begin construction of an FM Broadcast Station on the frequency 96.9 MHz at 190 Union Street, Akron, Ohio (41-05-10 NL 081-30-18 WL.) However, The Way of Mind and Body was never authorized to operate the station because the Commission cancelled that Construction Permit. Radio stations operating on a range of frequencies, 47 CFR 73.201. including 96.9 MHz, must be licensed by the FCC pursuant to Section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (Act). 47 U.S.C. 301. The only exception to this licensing requirement is for certain transmitters using or operating at a power level or mode of operation that complies with the standards established in Part 15 of the Commissions rules. 47 CFR 15.1 et seq. On March 20, 2019, Agents measured the field strength of the signal on the frequency 96.9MHz for the station and found that it exceeded the maximum permitted level of 250 V/m at 3 meters for non-licensed devices. Thus, this station is operating in violation of Section 301 of the Act. 47 U.S.C. 301. Operation of radio transmitting equipment without a valid FCC authorization or license is a violation of Section 301 of the Act 47 U.S.C. 301. and may subject the responsible parties to substantial monetary fines, in rem arrest action against the offending radio equipment, and criminal sanctions including imprisonment. Because unlicensed operation creates a danger of interference to important radio communications services and may subject the operator to severe penalties, this letter emphasizes the importance of complying strictly with these legal requirements. See 47 U.S.C. 401, 501, 503 and 510. UNLICENSED OPERATION OF THIS RADIO STATION MUST BE DISCONTINUED IMMEDIATELY. You have ten (10) days from the date of this notice to respond with any evidence that you have authority to operate granted by the FCC. Your response should be sent to the address in the letterhead and reference the listed case number. Under the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(3). we are informing you that the Commissions staff will use all relevant material information before it to determine what, if any, enforcement action is required to ensure your compliance with FCC Rules. This will include any information that you disclose in your reply. You may contact this office if you have any questions. David C. Dombrowski Regional Director Region One Enforcement Bureau Federal Communications Commission

    Yeah, I read that.  It was quite interesting, considering I’m the one who reported them.  See my post on this thread from February 22.  I even clued the FCC as to where they were transmitting from.  They’d been on the air for about 2 years, and no one else said anything apparently.
    #186390

    Yekimi
    Participant

    FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION ENFORCEMENT BUREAU REGION ONE Columbia Regional Office 9050 Junction Drive Annapolis Junction, Maryland 20701 Field@FCC.gov April 18, 2019 The Way of Mind and Body Akron, Ohio NOTICE OF UNLICENSED OPERATION Case Number: EB-FIELDNER-19-00028657 On March 20, 2019, Agents from the Columbia Office of the Federal Communications Commissions (FCCs or Commissions) Enforcement Bureau (Bureau) investigated a complaint of an unlicensed FM station operating on the frequency 96.9 MHz in Akron, Ohio. The Agents confirmed by direction finding techniques that radio signals on the frequency 96.9MHz were emanating from a commercial property at 190 Union Street in Akron, Ohio. Through investigation, the Agent confirmed that you are the operator of the unlicensed radio station. The Commissions records show that no license was issued for operation of a radio station on 96.9MHz at this location in Akron, Ohio. A review of the Commission records revealed that the Commission granted a Construction Permit (File No BNPL-20131114AJY) authorizing The Way of Mind and Body to begin construction of an FM Broadcast Station on the frequency 96.9 MHz at 190 Union Street, Akron, Ohio (41-05-10 NL 081-30-18 WL.) However, The Way of Mind and Body was never authorized to operate the station because the Commission cancelled that Construction Permit. Radio stations operating on a range of frequencies, 47 CFR 73.201. including 96.9 MHz, must be licensed by the FCC pursuant to Section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended (Act). 47 U.S.C. 301. The only exception to this licensing requirement is for certain transmitters using or operating at a power level or mode of operation that complies with the standards established in Part 15 of the Commissions rules. 47 CFR 15.1 et seq. On March 20, 2019, Agents measured the field strength of the signal on the frequency 96.9MHz for the station and found that it exceeded the maximum permitted level of 250 V/m at 3 meters for non-licensed devices. Thus, this station is operating in violation of Section 301 of the Act. 47 U.S.C. 301. Operation of radio transmitting equipment without a valid FCC authorization or license is a violation of Section 301 of the Act 47 U.S.C. 301. and may subject the responsible parties to substantial monetary fines, in rem arrest action against the offending radio equipment, and criminal sanctions including imprisonment. Because unlicensed operation creates a danger of interference to important radio communications services and may subject the operator to severe penalties, this letter emphasizes the importance of complying strictly with these legal requirements. See 47 U.S.C. 401, 501, 503 and 510. UNLICENSED OPERATION OF THIS RADIO STATION MUST BE DISCONTINUED IMMEDIATELY. You have ten (10) days from the date of this notice to respond with any evidence that you have authority to operate granted by the FCC. Your response should be sent to the address in the letterhead and reference the listed case number. Under the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. 552a(e)(3). we are informing you that the Commissions staff will use all relevant material information before it to determine what, if any, enforcement action is required to ensure your compliance with FCC Rules. This will include any information that you disclose in your reply. You may contact this office if you have any questions. David C. Dombrowski Regional Director Region One Enforcement Bureau Federal Communications Commission

    Yeah, I read that. It was quite interesting, considering I’m the one who reported them. See my post on this thread from February 22. I even clued the FCC as to where they were transmitting from. They’d been on the air for about 2 years, and no one else said anything apparently.
    You weren’t the only one who said anything. I know of a few others that complained to the FCC.
    #186391

    tim131
    Participant

    Two YEARS they were on? Since I only get within 10 miles of downtown Akron a couple times a month, I didn’t realize it was that long…WOW!

    What stuns me is any half-way educated person, much less a group of folks advised by lawyers, would believe it’s alright to operate illegally.

    Did they perhaps misunderstand and believe since they were low powered they wouldn’t need a license?

    Can’t imagine the FCC will allow them to re-apply & get licensed legally, do you guys?

    Nothing surprises me in this world any more. Good heavens!

     

    #186402

    Yekimi
    Participant

    I don’t know if they’re still on and changed formats because now I am hearing religious music on there. Or it could be skip. Just checked….must be skip, WLRD out of Willard, OH. Maybe….I didn’t stick around for any call signs.

     

    #186404

    Tim Lones
    Participant

    More than likely WLRD.  I have picked them up in Massillon on occasion.

    #186407

    Yekimi
    Participant

    More than likely WLRD. I have picked them up in Massillon on occasion.

    Yep, it was them. Once I got closer to where I would have been able to pick up the pirates I tuned in and heard their call sign…WLRD…Since it’s “Southern Gospel” music I guess LRD would be shorthand for Lord….not Lard like I first thought. So, another exciting chapter of “Airwave Pirates” has come to a close. But stay tuned, there will eventually be a sequel.
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