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   July 17, 2009

   Mr. Jeff M. Potter

   PO Box 244

   Van Buren, ME 04785


   Amateur Radio License K7OP


   Dear Mr. Potter:

   By letter dated June 29, 2009, the Commission notified you that it had
   received numerous complaints concerning the operation of your amateur
   radio station. The complaints alleged that you transmitted obscene or
   indecent words or language in violation of Section 97.113(a) (4) of the
   Commission's rules. The letter further noted that in addition to
   complaints from other licensees, the staff at the Commission's monitoring
   station heard and recorded you engaging in the above-referenced behavior.
   A copy of all of the recordings, both those submitted by the complainants
   and those made by the Commission's staff, were sent to you for your

   You responded to the Commission's letter on July 12, 2009. In that letter,
   you acknowledged that it was indeed your voice that was recorded by the
   Commission's staff on the date in question and indicated that "given your
   speech pattern," you believed you had too much to drink that evening
   either before or while operating your station. In addition, you conceded
   that the language was "obnoxious" and indicated that in the future you
   would "refrain from being obscene" while operating your station and
   further agreed that should your judgment be clouded by intoxicants in the
   future you will "refrain from operating the radio all together."

   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. 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 proceeding to restrict the
   frequencies upon which you may operate.


   Laura L. Smith

   Special Counsel

   Cc: Boston Field Office

   Northeast Regional Director

   See 47 C.F.R. S: 97.1.

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