FCC confiscates equipment from N.Y. pirate broadcaster

WASHINGTON, May 15, 2018
Taking action against a pirate radio operator, Federal Communications Commission agents, in coordination with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Marshals Service, seized radio transmission equipment from an unauthorized radio station on April 10, which was operating illegally in Manhattan.  The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau has been leading an effort to crack down on this illegal activity, resulting in unlawful broadcasts going off the air, seizure of equipment, fines against pirates, proposed fines against pirates and property owners actively aiding pirate radio operations, and numerous other enforcement actions.

“Pirate radio stations are illegal, as they operate without an FCC license, and cause real harm. 
These stations can cause interference to legitimate, licensed broadcasters and can prevent those broadcasters from delivering critical public-safety information to listeners,” said Rosemary Harold, Chief of the FCC’s Enforcement Bureau.  “We are pursuing multiple legal routes to stop pirate broadcasters and this seizure action in Manhattan is one of them. We thank our partners in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the U.S. Marshals Service, and we’re particularly thankful for the great work of FCC field agents in combatting this problem.” 

“Rumba FM,” which broadcast on 95.3 FM from a high-rise apartment building in Manhattan, was operating without an FCC license, as required by law. The FCC issued multiple warnings to the illegal operators but the radio station continued to broadcast. Pursuant to a federal court order, authorities seized equipment operated by the illegal radio station at that station’s antenna location on St. Nicholas Avenue in Manhattan.

 

The Communications Act of 1934 prohibits the operation of radio broadcasting equipment above certain low-intensity thresholds without a license issued by the FCC. The Act authorizes the seizure and forfeiture of any electronic or radio frequency equipment used to broadcast without an FCC license. The number of available radio frequencies is limited, and unlicensed broadcasting can interfere with the broadcasting of legitimate licensed radio stations, potentially causing chaos in the radio spectrum.

 

In an action to seize a pirate radio station’s equipment, the FCC performs the initial investigation. Once the FCC has built a case against the station, the matter is referred to the relevant U.S. Attorney’s Office, which is then responsible for filing the case and obtaining a warrant to seize the illegal radio equipment from the court. The U.S. Marshals Service is responsible for executing the warrant and seizing the pirate radio station equipment, with FCC personnel provide technical assistance during the seizure.

Another possible cause of T.V.I. ?

“T V I” means Tele Vision Interference.  

The most common causes of TVI are bad powerline insulators, poorly designed LED bulb circuits, poorly designed transmitters.  And, sometimes, the receiver is just overloaded by a nearby strong transmitted signal.

I think I found another source of TVI when I stopped in Douglas, Wyoming and spotted this.

It’s just a cellphone snapshot, I wish I had a better image for you.   But in the center of the image you can see a UHF television receiver antenna….  and it is mounted directly to the radiating element of an 11 meter CB transmitter antenna.

How to select the proper fuse for your circuit

Found a good article on selecting fuses for your project on a website called “Power Electronics”

Here is a snippet from that article, listing the design factors explained in the article.

Proper selection of an input fuse for a dc-dc converter involves 
understanding and consideration of the following factors:
 1. Voltage Rating
 2. Current Rating
 3. Interrupting Rating
 4. Temperature Derating
 5. Melting Integral (I2t)
 6. Maximum Circuit Fault Current
 7. Required Agency Approvals
 8. Mechanical Considerations

Largest FCC Fine Ever ! For spoofing robocalls

96,000,000 Robocalls !

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2018—
The Federal Communications Commission today fined Adrian Abramovich $120 million for malicious spoofing that was part of his massive robocalling operation aimed at selling timeshares and other travel packages.  The caller ID spoofing operation made almost 100 million spoofed robocalls over three months. The Truth in Caller ID Act prohibits callers from deliberately falsifying caller ID information with the intent to harm or defraud consumers or unlawfully obtain something of value.
The FCC proposed this fine in the summer of 2017.  In response to the proposed fine, Mr. Abramovich claimed that he had no intent to cause harm, and that the proposed forfeiture amount was unconstitutional.  The Commission determined that the evidence did not support these claims and is imposing a fine in the amount originally proposed, the largest forfeiture ever imposed by the agency.

Mr. Abramovich, of Miami, Florida, or companies he controlled, spoofed 96 million robocalls in order to trick unsuspecting consumers into answering and listening to his advertising messages.  To increase the likelihood that consumers would answer his calls,  Mr. Abramovich’s operation made calls that appeared to be local—a practice known as “neighbor spoofing.”  The messages indicated that the calls came from well-known travel or hospitality companies such as Marriott, Expedia, Hilton, and TripAdvisor, and prompted consumers to “Press 1” to hear about “exclusive” vacation deals.  Those who did were transferred to foreign call centers where live operators attempted to sell vacation packages—often involving timeshares—at destinations unrelated to the named travel or hospitality companies.

The Federal Communications Commission received numerous consumer complaints about these calls. In addition, the Commission heard from companies such as TripAdvisor, which received complaints from consumers who believed the robocalls had come from the company.   Medical paging provider Spōk also complained after its network was disrupted by these calls, thus interfering with hospital and physician communications. Both companies actively helped the investigation.
Official F.C.C. statements and more are at this link.

Video link: Dump truck hits power line

Link to a video found on facebook.

Always check clearance before dumping your load!

You’re fine it clears!!!!Thanks for sharing @milton.r.r#isthisokosha #⚡️

Posted by Osha Isthis Ok on Monday, May 7, 2018