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   March 9, 2011

   (Name withheld)

   (Address withheld)

   (Address withheld)

   Re: EB-10-GB-0082

   Dear Mr. (name withheld):

   The Federal Communications Commission notified you by letter dated July
   19, 2010, that an electric fence charger being operated on your property
   may be causing harmful radio interference to an operator in the Amateur
   Radio Service. The complainant is:

   (Name withheld)

   (Address withheld)

   (Address 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 19, 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.

   When you and I spoke last year, you indicated that you were going to make
   the necessary repairs to the fence charger. According to the complainant,
   however, those repairs have not been made and the complainant is still
   experiencing interference. 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. Koetje's radio interference. If
   you have any questions about this matter, please contact me at

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


   Laura L. Smith, Esq.

   Special Counsel

   Enforcement Bureau

   cc: Detroit Field Office

   Northeast Regional Director

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