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Columbia Regional Office
9200 Farm House Lane
Columbia, Maryland 21046
(301) 725-1996
April 25, 2017
Tracy Wetmore
Everett, Massachusetts
Case Number:  EB-FIELDNER-17-00023979
The Enforcement Bureau’s Boston Office received a complaint of an unlicensed FM station 
operating on the frequency 97.9 MHz and causing harmful interference to licensed broadcast 
stations in Everett, Massachusetts. On March 30, 2017, an agent from the Boston Office 
confirmed by direction finding techniques that radio signals on frequency 97.9 MHz were 
emanating from your residence in Everett, Massachusetts.  The Commission’s records show no 
license issued for operation of a radio station on 97.9 MHz at this location in Everett, 
Radio stations operating on many frequencies, including 97.9 MHz, must be licensed by the FCC 
pursuant to 47 U.S.C. § 301.  The only exception to this licensing requirement is for certain 
transmitters using or operating at a power level or mode of operation that complies with the 
standards established in Part 15 of the Commission’s rules, 47 CFR §§ 15.1 et seq.  The field 
strength of the signal on frequency 97.9 MHz was measured at 38,693 microvolts per meter 
(µV/m) at 232 meters, which exceeded the maximum permitted level of 250 µV/m at 3 meters 
for non-licensed devices. Therefore, this station is operating in violation of 47 U.S.C. § 301.
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 to severe penalties, including, but not limited to, substantial monetary fines, in rem 
arrest action against the offending radio equipment, and criminal sanctions including 
imprisonment.  (See 47 U.S.C. §§ 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 number.  Under the Privacy Act of 1974, 5 U.S.C. § 
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.
David C. Dombrowski
Regional Director
Region One
Enforcement Bureau
Federal Communications Commission
Excerpts from the Communications Act of 1934, As Amended
Enforcement Bureau, "Inspection Fact Sheet", March 2005