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                               ENFORCEMENT BUREAU

                                NORTHEAST REGION

                            Chicago District Office

                     1550 North Northwest Highway, Room 306

                           Park Ridge, Illinois 60068

                                  July 5, 2011

   Kou D. Her via Certified Return Receipt Requested

   St. Paul, Minnesota and First Class Mail

                         NOTICE OF UNLICENSED OPERATION

   Case Number: EB-11-CG-0129

   Document Number: W201132320009

   The Chicago Office received information that unlicensed broadcast radio
   stations on 1620 kHz and 1630 kHz were allegedly operating in St. Paul,
   Minnesota. On May 16, 2011, an agent from this office confirmed by
   direction finding techniques that (1) radio signals on frequency 1620 kHz
   were emanating from 1146 Rice Street in St. Paul and (2) radio signals on
   frequency 1630 kHz were emanating from 399 East Maryland Avenue in St.
   Paul. The Commission's records show that no licenses were issued for
   operation of broadcast stations at these locations on 1620 kHz and 1630
   kHz in St. Paul, Minnesota. The owners of the properties where these
   stations are located reported to the agent that they granted you
   permission to install transmitters at those locations.

   Radio stations must be licensed by the FCC pursuant to 47 U.S.C. S: 301.
   The only exception to this licensing requirement is for certain
   transmitters using or operating at a power level that complies with the
   standards established in Part 15 of the Commission's rules, 47 C.F.R. S:S:
   15.1 et seq. The field strength of the signal on frequency 1620  kHz (1146
   Rice Street) was measured at 470 microvolts per meter (uV/m ) at 1243
   meters, which exceeded the maximum permitted level of 14.8 uV/m
   (24,000/1620) at 30 meters established in section 15.209(a) of the Rules
   (See 47 C.F.R. S:15.209(a)). Similarly, the field strength of the signal
   on 1630 kHz (399 East Maryland Avenue) was measured at 450 uV/m at 599
   meters, which also exceeded the maximum permitted level of 14.7 uV/m at 30

   Another exception, for some transmitters operating in the 510 kHz to 1705
   kHz band, is found in 47 C.F.R. S:15.219. Specifically, section 15.219(b)
   of the Rules states "the total length of the transmission line, antenna,
   and ground lead (if used) shall not exceed approximately 3 meters." (See
   47 C.F.R. S:15.219(b).) During the inspection on May 16, 2011, the agent
   observed that the approximate length of the antenna, transmission line and
   the ground lead at 1146 Rice Street was approximately 26 meters.
   Similarly, the ground lead at 399 East Maryland Avenue exceeded
   approximately 3 meters in length. These installations violated section
   15.219(b) of the Rules.

   You are hereby warned that operation of radio transmitting equipment
   without a valid radio station authorization constitutes a violation of the
   Federal laws cited above and could subject the operator of this illegal
   operation to severe penalties, including, but not limited to, substantial
   monetary forfeitures, in rem arrest action against the offending radio
   equipment, and criminal sanctions including imprisonment. (See 47 U.S.C.
   S:S: 401, 501, 503 and 510.)


   You have ten (10) days from the date of this notice to respond with any
   evidence that you have authority to operate granted by the FCC. Your
   response should be sent to the address in the letterhead and reference the
   listed case and document number. Under the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C.
   S: 552a(e)(3), we are informing you that the Commission's staff will use
   all relevant material information before it to determine what, if any,
   enforcement action is required to ensure your compliance with FCC Rules.
   This will include any information that you disclose in your reply.

   You may contact this office if you have any questions.

   James M. Roop

   District Director

   Chicago District Office

   Northeast Region

   Enforcement Bureau


   Excerpts from the Communications Act of 1934, As Amended

   Enforcement Bureau, "Inspection Fact Sheet", March 2005