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   July 17, 2009

   Mr. Michael S. Lovold

   3860 Birchwood Road

   Duluth, MN 55803


   Amateur Radio Call Sign KC0PDG


   Dear Mr. Lovold:

   By letter dated April 29, 2009, the Commission notified you that it had
   received a complaint regarding the operation of your amateur station.
   Specifically, the complaint was filed by the St. Louis County Sheriff's
   Department and notes that the deputies responded to a call about a
   possible suicidal individual. According to the responding deputies, during
   the encounter you spoke to them on public safety frequencies using a
   handheld radio. These communications were without authority and were not
   the result of an emergency necessitating use of public safety frequencies
   as other means of communication were readily available.

   You responded to the Commission's letter on July 6, 2009. In that letter,
   you acknowledged that the police were called to your residence on that
   evening; you further indicated that your recollection of that evening was
   unclear as you had been drinking alcohol and using narcotics. You do admit
   to owning a handheld radio, you acknowledge that it is the same type of
   handheld radio as identified in the police report and you concede that you
   may have used your handheld during the altercation with the police. In
   your letter, you note that you are sorry for what happened and indicate
   that you have voluntarily entered a chemical treatment facility seeking

   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: Chicago Field Office

   Northeast Regional Director

   47 C.F.R. S: 97.403

   You were originally provided twenty (20) days within which to respond. You
   failed to do so. The Commission notified you by letter dated June 17,
   2009, that if you failed to respond to the Commission's letter, you could
   be subject to enforcement actions. You responded on July 6, 2009.

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

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