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May 31, 2017

Mr. Thomas R. Price

(Address withheld)

(Address withheld)


Amateur Radio License W7WL


Dear Mr. Price:

By letter dated March 31, 2017, the Commission notified you that it had received

a complaint regarding the operation of your amateur station. The complaint alleged that

you had been deliberately interfering with the operation of other amateur operators in an

effort to prevent them from communicating with one another in violation of Section

97.101(d) of the Commission’s rules.

You responded to the Commission’s letter on May 1, 2017. In that letter, you

stated that there is a group of stations operating on 3.908 MHz that asks for “general

check ins” for a net and that it is your intent to “keep answering others stations calling

CQ . . . until I am recognized by the station calling . . .” You further indicate that you

intend to continue this behavior as you believe it is “good amateur practice.”

By your statements in your response, you concede that you engaged in the

prohibited behavior of causing deliberate interference to the group of amateurs operating

on 3.908 MHz. Further, you are incorrect in your assertion that your behavior is “good

amateur practice.” Indeed, your operation as described above is contrary to the basis and

purpose of the amateur radio service as set out in Section 97.1 of the Commission’s rules

and is a violation of Section 97.101(d) of the Commission’s rules.


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),


or a modification


See 47 C.F.R. §§ 97.1 and 97.101(d).


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

proceeding to restrict the frequencies upon which you may operate.


Laura L. Smith, Esq.

Special Counsel

Spectrum Enforcement Division

Enforcement Bureau