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January 5, 2017

Mr. Duke C. Ditzel, Jr.

PO Box 342

Greentown, Pennsylvania 18426


Amateur Radio License KC2GRU


Dear Mr. Ditzel:

On November 25, 2016, you were heard by staff at the Commission’s High

Frequency Direction Finding Center (HFDF), using long range direction finding

techniques, failing to properly identify your amateur station while operating on the

frequency of 7.200 kHz.

The Commission employee used direction finding equipment and confirmed the

transmissions were coming from your location. The employee recorded the offending

transmissions and provided undersigned counsel with a recording of the incident in

question. Should you desire a copy of the recording, one will be made available to you.

Your operation as described above is contrary to the basis and purpose of the

amateur radio service as set out in Section 97.1 and is a violation of Section 97.119(a) of

the Commission’s rules.1 Section 97.119(a) states that “[e]ach amateur station . . . must

transmit its assigned call sign . . . at least every 10 minutes during a communication . . .”

Please be advised that the Commission expects you to abide by its rules.

This letter serves as notice that, if operation of this type reoccurs after receipt of

this letter, you could be subject to severe penalties, including license revocation,

monetary forfeiture (fines),2 or a modification proceeding to restrict the frequencies upon

which you may operate.


Laura L. Smith, Esq.

Special Counsel

Spectrum Enforcement Division

Enforcement Bureau

1 See 47 C.F.R. §§ 97.1 and 119(a).

2 Fines normally range from $7,500 to $10,000.