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CERTIFIED MAIL RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED

April 12, 2017

Mr. Robert E. Wardrop

(Address withheld)

(Address withheld)

Re: WARNING FOR UNLICENSED RADIO OPERATION

EB-FIELDNER-17-00023889

Dear Mr. Wardrop:

It has come to the attention of the Federal Communications Commission that at

various times in the last several months you have been operating your CB radio at

excessive power levels.

The Commission’s rules require that you operate your CB station with an FCC

certified CB transmitter.

1

The rules also prohibit the use of external radiofrequency

power amplifiers (sometimes called linears or linear amplifiers).

2

The rules further

provide that use of a non-certified CB transmitter and/or a power amplifier voids your

authority to operate the station.”

3



Operation of radio transmitting equipment without a valid FCC authorization is a

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

4

and may

subject the responsible parties to substantial monetary forfeitures,

5

in rem arrest action

against the offending radio equipment, and criminal sanctions including imprisonment.

6



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.

ANY UNAUTHORIZED OPERATION OF THIS RADIO STATION MUST

CEASE IMMEDIATELY.

1

47 C.F.R. § 95.409(a).

2

47 C.F.R. § 95.411(a)(1).

3

See 47 C.F.R. §§ 95.409 (a); 95.411(b).

4

47 U.S.C. § 301.

5

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

6

See §§ 401, 501, 503, 510.

Mr. Robert E. Wardrop

April 12, 2017

Page 2 of 2

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 ensure

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

any 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: 1270 Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325 and reference the listed

case number.

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.

Sincerely,

Laura L. Smith, Esq.

Special Counsel

Spectrum Enforcement Division

Enforcement Bureau