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   February 28, 2011

   (Name withheld)

   (Address withheld)

   (Address withheld)

   Re: EB-10-GB-0084

   Dear Mr. (name withheld):

   The Federal Communications Commission notified you by letter dated July
   15, 2010, that a water pump being operated on your property at your
   residence may be causing harmful radio interference to AM broadcast
   reception and operators in the Amateur Radio Service. The complainant is:

   (Name withheld)

   (Address withheld)

   (Address withheld)

   Tel: (Number withheld)

   The Commission has the responsibility to require that such problems be
   rectified within a reasonable time if the interference is caused by faulty
   consumer equipment. Under Commission rules, certain types of equipment are
   classified as "unintentional emitters." These devices generate radio
   frequency energy but do not intentionally radiate it. Examples include
   computers, radio receivers and television sets. Other types of devices are
   classified as "incidental emitters." These devices do not intentionally
   generate any radio-frequency energy, but that may create such energy as an
   incidental part of their intended operation. Common examples include
   aquarium heaters, certain portable telephones, alarm control panels,
   fluorescent light ballasts, doorbell control circuits and so forth. Some
   unintentional emitters are imported and do not comply with Commission
   certification standards, and thereby result in interference to other radio
   services. Your water pump may be one of those devices. If the device is an
   approved one, it should have a silver FCC label on the unit showing a
   certification number. Even an approved device, however, can only be
   operated legally if it is not causing harmful interference to a licensed
   radio service.

   The complainant has attempted unsuccessfully to resolve this problem and
   as a result the matter has been referred to our office. The Commission
   prefers that those responsible for the proper operation of equipment
   assume their responsibilities fairly. This means that you should resolve
   the interference caused by the device and make necessary corrections
   within a reasonable time. The July 15, 2010, letter specifically stated,
   however, that if it became necessary for the Commission to facilitate a
   resolution, the Commission might investigate possible rule violations and
   address appropriate remedies, including monetary forfeitures.

   According to Mr. (name withheld), he provided you with a model number of
   the filter necessary to alleviate the interference as well as volunteering
   to help you install the filter upon its purchase. To date, however, you
   have neither purchased nor installed the filter. Lack of response to the
   Commission's letter is not acceptable. In order to avoid enforcement
   action on this matter, you have thirty (30) days from the date of receipt
   of this letter to respond to this office at the following address: 1270
   Fairfield Road, Gettysburg, PA 17325. The response must contain a
   statement of the specific action(s) taken to eliminate the source(s) of
   Mr. (name withheld) radio interference. If you have any questions about
   this matter, please contact me at 717-338-2577.

   If you have any questions about this matter, please contact me at


   Laura L. Smith, Esq.

   Special Counsel

   Enforcement Bureau

   cc: Tampa Field Office

   South Central Regional Director

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