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June 21, 2017

Mr. Greg Cottrell

Rugged Radios

(Address withheld)

(Address withheld)

Re: Warning Notice


Mr. Cottrell:

The Commission has received a complaint that you have been modifying amateur

radios to operate outside of their station class, in the commercial bands. According to the

complaint you have been advertising amateur radios on your web site that can be

modified to operate in the commercial bands. The complainant has contacted the

Commission and asked us to remind you that modifying an amateur radio for operation

outside the scope of its station class constitutes a violation of our rules.

Operation of radio transmitting equipment outside of authorized frequencies is a

violation of Section 301 of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended,


and may

subject the responsible parties, including those marketing the radios, to substantial

monetary forfeitures,


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 warning emphasizes the importance of complying

strictly with these legal requirements.



You have ten (10) days from the date of receipt of this warning to respond to this

office. The response must contain a statement of the specific action(s) taken to come into

compliance with the Commission’s rules and should include a time line for completion of

pending corrective action(s). You are directed to support your response with a signed

and dated affidavit or declaration under penalty of perjury, verifying the truth and

accuracy of the information submitted in your response. Your response should be

sent to the following address: 1270 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325 and

reference the listed complaint number.


47 U.S.C. § 301.


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


See §§ 401, 501, 503, 510.

In an inquiry of this type we are required to notify you that under the Privacy Act

of 1974, 5 U.S.C. § 552a(e)(3), the Commission’s staff will use all relevant information

before it, including information you disclose in your reply, to determine what, if any,

enforcement action is warranted in this matter.


Laura L. Smith, Esq.

Special Counsel

Spectrum Enforcement Division

Enforcement Bureau