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December 1, 2016

Mr. David T. Parrish

691 Lakeview Street

Estill Springs, TN 37330


Amateur Radio License KI4THY


Dear Mr. Parrish:

On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, you were heard by staff at the Commission’s

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

techniques, running a broadcast/radio show while operating on the frequency of 3843


On Tuesday, November 29th, you were heard by a Commission employee

engaging in a series of attempted telephone contacts in order to get, as you termed it, a

“live update” from the North Dakota pipeline protests. Once you made contact, you

broadcast an “interview” with a non-amateur via a telephone connection on frequency

3843 kHz. The Commission employee used direction finding equipment and confirmed

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

transmissions and provided undersigned counsel with recordings 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 Sections 97.113(b) of

the Commission’s rules.1 Section 97.113(b) states that “an amateur station shall not

engage in any form of broadcasting . . . nor shall an amateur station engage in any

activity related to . . . news gathering.” 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,

1 See 47 C.F.R. § 97.113(b).

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

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