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   July 22, 2009

   Mr. William J. Didonna

   735 Memorial Drive

   Chicopee, MA 01020


   Amateur Radio License NE1Z


   Dear Mr. Didonna:

   By letter dated July 1, 2009, the Commission notified you that it had
   received several complaints concerning the operation of your amateur radio
   station. The complaints allege 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 made by the Commission's staff was sent to
   you for your review.

   You responded to the Commission's letter on July 15, 2009. In that letter,
   you acknowledge that you spend "ninety percent" of your time operating on
   3.910, the frequency in question. You further note that the conversations
   at 3.910 get "bad" at times and these types of conversations are regular
   occurrences. You indicated, however, that after listening to the
   recordings, you could not specifically recall any of those QSO's and claim
   not to recognize your voice. You further mention that you believe the
   individuals providing the complaints to the Commission are after you
   because they do not "like" you when others at 3.910 are guilty of using
   the same language and engaging in the same behavior.

   Your argument that it is not you on the recordings is unpersuasive. One of
   the Commission's field agents used the Commission's direction finding
   equipment at our monitoring station on the dates in question to determine
   the location of the offending parties. He then recorded the offenses and
   reported such offenses to undersigned counsel. He specifically identified
   you, William Didonna of Chicopee, Massachusetts (call sign NE1Z), as one
   of the offending parties and provided undersigned counsel with recordings
   of the conversations in question.

   Your operation as described above, and recorded by the Commission's staff,
   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

   Enforcement Bureau

   Cc: Boston Field Office

   Northeast Regional Director

   In your response, you question who wrote the phrase "Didonna's tapes" on
   the copy of the recordings that you received. That was done by undersigned

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

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