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Federal Communications Commission
Before the
Federal Communications Commission
Washington, D.C. 20554
In the Matter of )
Juan Carlos Cacho Alvelo ) File No.: EB-FIELDSCR-17-00024744                                                                                                   
Owner/Registrant of an Emergency Position )
Indicating Radiobeacon )
Vega Baja, Puerto Rico )
Released: August 30, 2017
By the Regional Director, Region Two, Enforcement Bureau:
1. This is a Notice of Violation (Notice) issued pursuant to Section 1.89 of the 
Commission’s rules (Rules)
to Juan Carlos Cacho Alvelo, owner/registrant of an Emergency Position 
Indicating Radiobeacon (“EPIRB”) in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico. Pursuant to Section 1.89(a) of the Rules, 
issuance of this Notice does not preclude the Enforcement Bureau from further action if warranted, 
including issuing a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture for the violation(s) noted herein.
2. The FCC Operations Center received a call from the U.S. Coast Guard Sector San Juan, 
Puerto Rico, requesting assistance in locating interference to the safety and distress frequency of 406.0
MHz. On June 27, 2017, an agent of the Enforcement Bureau’s San Juan Office used direction finding 
techniques to locate an active EPIRB operating on both 121.5 MHz and 406.0 MHz in Vega Baja, Puerto 
Rico, and observed the following violation(s):
a. 47 CFR § 80.1061(f): “To enhance protection of life and property it is mandatory 
that each 406.0 - 406.1 MHz EPIRB be registered with NOAA before installation 
and that information be kept up-to-date… Vessel owners shall advise NOAA in 
writing upon change of vessel or EPIRB ownership, transfer of EPIRB to another 
vessel, or any other change in registration information.” On June 27, 2017, the 
406 MHz EPIRB with ID Code: ADCD020A2D00401, was not registered to Mr. 
Juan Carlos Cacho Alvelo or his vessel.
47 CFR § 1.89.
47 CFR § 1.89(a).  
Federal Communications Commission
b. 47 CFR § 80.1161: “EPIRB transmissions must be used only under emergency 
conditions…”   On this date, the agent found the EPIRB activated in the absence 
of any actual emergency situation on a small vessel located at a private residence 
in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico.
3. Pursuant to Section 308(b) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended,
Section 1.89 of the Rules, we seek additional information concerning the violations and any remedial 
actions taken. Therefore, Juan Carlos Cacho Alvelo must submit a written statement concerning this 
matter within twenty (20) days of release of this Notice.  The response (i) must fully explain each 
violation, including all relevant surrounding facts and circumstances, (ii) must contain a statement of the 
specific action(s) taken to correct each violation and preclude recurrence, and (iii) must include a time 
line for completion of any pending corrective action(s).  The response must be complete in itself and must 
not be abbreviated by reference to other communications or answers to other notices.
4. All replies and documentation sent in response to this Notice should be marked with the 
File No. and NOV No. specified above, and mailed to the following address:
Federal Communications Commission
Office of Director – Region Two
3600 Hiram Lithia Springs RD SW
Powder Springs, GA 30127
5. This Notice shall be sent to Juan Carlos Cacho Alvelo at his address of record.
6. The Privacy Act of 1974
requires that we advise you that the Commission will use all 
relevant material information before it, including any information disclosed in your reply, to determine 
what, if any, enforcement action is required to ensure compliance.  
Ronald D. Ramage
Regional Director
Region Two
Enforcement Bureau
47 U.S.C. § 308(b).
47 CFR § 1.89(c).
P.L. 93-579, 5 U.S.C. § 552a(e)(3).